Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to various cities in Spain; including, Grenata. Grenata is home to the UNESCO World Heritage site of “the Alhambra”. The Alhambra is a combination of both a fortress and a palace and it is located in the Andalusia region of Spain. Aside from many other significant historical aspects, the Alhambra plays a significant role in the judicial history of Spain. While it was originally constructed as a fortress in the year of 889, it was subsequently converted into a royal palace by Yusuf I, Sultan of Grenata, in or near 1333. A few of the significant architectural features of the Alhambra include the Court of the Vestibule, the Court of the Council Chamber and the Hall of Justice. It was in the Hall of Justice where the sultan served as both judge and arbiter for important cases in the region. Citizens of the Andalusion region could bring significant grievances or cases before the sultan for disposition. The Hall of Justice, in the Alhambra fortress, is where these hearings would take place. The sultan would have the large shutters closed where he could sit and listen to the parties and the cases without being seen. There were no side windows; but the roof was opened at the center. The entrance to the Hall of Justice was through an ornate courtyard.
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