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a life in architecture colin thubron

Travel writer Colin Thubron was first struck by Islamic architecture when, aged 19, he encountered the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. The palace comprises a series of courtyards, pavilions and alcoves, 'beautifully proportioned and covered by a filigree of plasterwork'. Thubron cites in particular the 'elaborate cupolas of honeycombed decoration - delicate and faded by the light'. He imagined that there must be similar palaces all over the Muslim world and only later realised that ...

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