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THE TRACK OF THE MOORS

the great tower of the cathedral a somewhat severe court is traversed like a great Moorish vestibule shutting us, as it were,

from the reign of Christendom, Through vaulted loggia and dark tunnel-like passage, the visitor emerges to the flash of sunlight on golden walls and the tinkling waters of a fountain, in whose dark green depths a bronze Hermes

The vestibule this of reflected profoundly. as if himself had evoked it the god palace, is

dream realm.

It

would be

to

difficult

do

some Aladdin's from

his

justice

own the

to

subtlety of the art that has planned and elaborated this garden and succeeded in placing such varied enchantments, and so many vistas in so small a compass. Beneath the steps descending a great bower of magnolia trees, is " architectura of verde," flanked by glimpse gaily coloured tiles, and the ear is ever enchanted by the murmur of a tiny fountain below. But this little garden enclosed by a

from the fountain through caught the

first

only the prelude to a vaster one which by subtle and proportion towering palms about its lofty central fountain seems to suggest a dainty oasis. On no side can any suggestion

high wall

is

be obtained of the town which wall, in

lies

about, and on one hand a vast

covered with an elusive mass of rococo structure, though of bad taste, seems only to add to the mysterious

itself

illusion

of distance.

Beyond

the

fountain,

through

remotely sheltered pagoda is seen. sanctum of the spirit of this exquisite

another

This oasis.

door

arched

seems

the

a

very

Hidden away and

shrined by trees, screened as if from the intruder, it Charles V., very gem of the whole tangle.

the

is

perhaps ambitious

Philistine though he sometimes showed himself to be, is happily seen at his best in his additions to the grounds of the Alcazar, and his building of a pavilion in their midst was in keeping with the Moorish style. Such a conceit as this, surrounded roses

by

crowding from every

side,

might

well

awaken

in

fancy the

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In the track of the Moors -Sketches in Spain and Northern Africa  

Impressions of Spain.- Andalusia.- Granada.- Origins of Moorish architecture in Spain.- The Moorish gardens of Spain.- Arabesque and Azulejo...

In the track of the Moors -Sketches in Spain and Northern Africa  

Impressions of Spain.- Andalusia.- Granada.- Origins of Moorish architecture in Spain.- The Moorish gardens of Spain.- Arabesque and Azulejo...

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