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Hall of the Abencerrajes

The Hall of the Abencerrajes (Sala de los Abencerrajes) is located in front of the Hall of the Two Sisters (Sala de Dos Hermanas). It is so called because it is said that the Abencerrajes knights were there beheaded, although the experts can not decide who was the king who ordered it. In fact, there is a rust stain covering part of the marble fountain in the middle of the hall, which is said to be a bloodstain from the Abencerrajes knights. 

The entrance to the hall is marked by two arches separated by a corridor, which is connected with the high floor on the left and with the original entrance's hall on the right. The hall's central square has bedchambers on its sides, with arches exquisitely decorated, blue capitals and painted ceilings. The walls have plasterwork covers and a tile skirting board from the 16th century, of Renaissance style. A wonderful dome of mocarabes rests on eight pendentives of mocarabes. The following inscription is written on the pendentives: «There is no other help than the help that comes from God, the clement and merciful One». The windows that are where the dome starts let a faint light filter through and illuminate the mocarabes creating a magic atmosphere.

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