Spain has many beautiful examples of patterns in its various styles of architecture. DSCN3941At the Alhambra in Granada, Spain, beautiful Muslim artistry has been preserved in patterned tiling. They would make a template which they then pressed into the tiles used for building these walls, creating a repeating pattern. This building style allowed them to build efficiently with beauty. The stylized Arabic writing says something like “There is no god greater than Allah.” Other patterns in these tiles are of shapes and flowers. The ceiling over this alcove also contains patterns created with wood inlays. The stars represent the heavens and their placement forms part of a tessellation of polygons.

More patterns at La Alhambra:


Another master of beautiful artwork and patterning was the Spanish architect Gaudi, whose living works can be seen in Barcelona.

Casa Batlle:DSCN4371 DSCN4382 DSCN4393 DSCN4423Sagrada Familia (the cathedral he designed but never saw completed – and is still not finished):

DSCN4469DSCN4445 DSCN4464Parq Guell:

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Also in Barcelona is the stunning Palau de Musica – not as well-known as other sights in that city, but well worth visiting:

This is the decorative ticket booth:


The beautiful facades and pillars can be seen from across the street. We were not allowed to take pictures inside.DSCN4331And then there is the ancient Roman aqueduct at Segovia; these arches dominate the entrance to the center of the city:DSCN4153 DSCN4156In Segovia also are many interesting facades, and pattern-forming roof tiles:

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Patterns exist everywhere; I chose Spain to showcase the pattern theme due to the variety, history and beauty of its man made patterns.






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