Alhambra | Grenada, Spain

ISO 100 | Exposure 1/4 Second | Aperture 3.5 | Focal Length 18.0 mm

Images of humans or animals in art is forbidden under Islamic law.  Alternatively, Islamic artists for centuries have used infinitely repeating patterns of floral and geometric shapes.  Dating back to 1333, the adornments of the walls and ceilings in the ancient Nasrid Palaces of the Alhambra present countless examples of this style of Islamic art.

This is just one of the many ornate ceilings.  The wooden ceilings are composed of numerous individual pieces of wood.  The most complex design has 8,017 pieces of wood.

ISO 100 | Exposure 1/125 Second | Aperture 7.1 | Focal Length 18.0 mm

Similarly, every inch of stucco wall is intricately carved in an expression of honoring god.

Stucco was the medium of choice for many Nasrid artists as it’s easier to carve (and to repair) than stone.

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