The Port of Alhambra
Meet our metope
The Port of Motril Metope is more than a symbol, it represents the meeting of people who in their journey have joined their destinies with us and carry with this present a part of our Port around the world.
The Port of Motril has wanted to give this distinction a special meaning, which conveys the rich history of the province of Granada, its importance over the centuries, as a crossroads, which has contributed to forging its identity through cultural exchange.
It was in Santa Fe, a municipality in the province of Granada, where the first voyage of Christopher Columbus took place, which led to the meeting of the continents and marked the definitive boom in navigation and maritime trade with America.
The Alhambra as a world-famous monument is a great protagonist in this metope. The techniques used for its manufacture reveal the best tradition of Granada crafts, with more than 500 years of history, which have been passed down from father to son to this day.
The result is the result of the conjunction of the Arab Andalusian cultures and the Christian art of the moment.
The metope has as its base material the noble wood of etimoe from Central Africa, on which the shield of the Motril Port Authority has been carved. On the wooden base some tesserae similar to those that can be found in the rooms of the palatine city of the Alhambra have been placed, arranged in the shape of a propeller, they compose a characteristic element of the maritime port sector.
The woodwork and composition has been carried out by Artesanía V. Molero, a totally artisan company that has been working since 1888 at the present time at the hands of Jesús Molero Sabador, the founder's great-grandson. Workshop with numerous recognitions and international renown, his works are distributed in palaces and mansions around the world ...
In the corners of the metope we find inlaid pieces, an ancient ornamental technique consisting of setting pieces of different selected woods in combination with other materials on surfaces.
The ceramics come from the workshop of Miguel Morales, representative of a long tradition of potters who, since Hernando Morales in the 16th century, adapted the Andalusian tradition in a unique technique that mixed the water from the Aynadamar canal with clay from the mountains and rivers near the Alhambra and ending with the decoration of its glazing with the colors blue, green, white ...
Fajalauza pottery takes its name from the Fajalauza Gate, one of the seven access gates to the Albaicín and has been an essential part of Granada's identity for many centuries.
The work of the artisans has resulted in a unique piece that is constituted as more than a present, it is a piece of Granada.