Notes on the Geography of Spain: Granada: the Palaces of the Alhambra: Photo 11
However it's explained, the Alhambra's ornamentation seized the imagination of 19th century Europeans: the Englishman Owen Jones, for example, in the 1830s made castings of every inch of the palace and lost a fortune publishing two immense volumes reproducing his work. He went on, however, to employ the Alhambra's decorative flourishes--Arabesques--in British buildings such as London's Crystal Palace.
The Arabic inscription is the famous "throne verse" (Sura 2: 255) of the Qur'an: "His throne extends over the heavens and the earth...." It appears as well at the top of the entrance to the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.
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