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Courtyard of the Mexuar, Alhambra II

Sophia Khan

copyright © Sophia Khan~watercolor on Arches paper

Ode to the Alhambra

The Alhambra is a place that seems to exist outside the confines of time and space.

The word 'Architecture' not quite suitable in doing it justice, the Alhambra is more felt than seen. It is no wonder my attempts at capturing it in a sketchbook proved fruitless.

One feels as if in another world, briefly transported; briefly, but in those moments an eternity is evoked from within these whispering walls.

Though we touch not its gently flowing waters, we glide on its serene path. 

A seemingly endless sequence of places slowly unfolds, never disappointing from one to the next-our eyes remaining wide-eyed throughout; our hearts newly awakened.

A feeling of lightness takes over here; something shifts, something is forever moved. We leave but it leaves not us. The magic is instilled! 

by Sophia Khan

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