Decorative plasterwork from the Arco de Pavones, or Peacock's Arch, which separates the Salon del Techo de Felipe II, or Philip II Ceiling Room, from the Salon de Embajadores, or Hall of Ambassadors, in the Mudejar Palace, or Palacio del Rey Don Pedro, built by Pedro I of Castile, 1334-1369, in 1364, in the Real Alcazar, a Moorish royal palace in Seville, Andalusia, Spain. The wall is carved with peacocks (symbol of permanence, immortality and monarchy) and hundreds of other birds in blue and gold decorative plasterwork, with a large arch and within, 3 horseshoe arches separated by columns. The Alcazar was first founded as a fort in 913, then developed as a palace in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries and used by both Muslim and Christian rulers. The Alcazar is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Picture by Manuel Cohen

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Decorative plasterwork from the Arco de Pavones, or Peacock's Arch, which separates the Salon del Techo de Felipe II, or Philip II Ceiling Room, from the Salon de Embajadores, or Hall of Ambassadors, in the Mudejar Palace, or Palacio del Rey Don Pedro, built by Pedro I of Castile, 1334-1369, in 1364, in the Real Alcazar, a Moorish royal palace in Seville, Andalusia, Spain. The wall is carved with peacocks (symbol of permanence, immortality and monarchy) and hundreds of other birds in blue and...
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