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September 11, 2004

Patio of the Myrtles

A courtyard with myrtle hedges and an inset pool, apparently quite common in Moorish architecture, and quite beautiful. Water as a design element was quite important in Moorish architecture and often intended to invoke a sense of peace. The baths were apparently a crucial public space, and many courtyards feature some pools, fountains, or both. In addition, much of the water was meant to be (and sometimes still is) flowing, often along recessed troughs a few inches wide that cross patios, run down the sides of streets, even down the sides of staircases, carved into the tops of the sides where a banister might be. As an engineer, I found myself wondering how the whole system worked - it must have involed quite elaborate underground pipe systems as well as careful use of elevation to ensure that the water went everywhere it was intended.