Not quite the sunny scene that was in the photo of the Lion's Gate from the previous day! We have passed through that and this is the Patio del Leon - the Lion's Courtyard which has always been a military compound. We were unfortunate not only with the weather but also because a good deal of the Alcazar was closed because they were filming 'Game of Thrones' there. Still, we soldiered on and saw what we could. The word Alcazar derives from the Arabic al qasr which means palace or fortress.
Beyond the triple arches stands the Patio de la Monteria where the court met the king before going out hunting. This is the original part of the palace built in the 11th century.
The Patio del Yeso with its beautiful stucco work. This is also in the oldest part of the Alcazar and dates back to the 12th century. It is one of the few remaining parts of the original Muslim Alcazar.
This is the central part of the magnificent facade with more wonderful stucco work.