Time Itself

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During the Nasrid Dynasty, the emirs of Granada had the material and intellectual resources to turn the castle of the Alhambra into a palace without equal.

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Subsequent vandalism, ignorance, and neglect have destroyed much of it, but what remains makes me wonder about what kind of people lived there.

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The wall decorations do not tell stories of battles and victories. The lines of the abstract designs appear to repeat themselves forever in infinite variations.

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This makes me wonder whether the artists had the flow of time itself in mind rather than particular events.

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They must have likened their buildings to the plants in the gardens of the Generalife, organically growing and transforming.

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