El corte de Leones

November 26, 2013

The Alhambra, in Granada, Spain, is one of the most precious treasures of architecture, and rightfully a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I had the chance of visiting it a few years ago, and I had the chance of taking tons of photos. Recently, and that’s why I’m telling you about the Alhambra, I stumble upon a couple of texts that say that the proportions of the Alhambra are somewhat all built around ratios of \sqrt{2}. But, well, is it true?

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In this week’s entry, let us first see what geometry \sqrt{2} is supposed to give us in the Alhambra, then we will look for it in the actual building, and finally, we will see that we can arrive to the same results with a much easier method.

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