Attached to Granada’s Cathedral, the lavish 16th century Royal Chapel completely blew me away with its sheer extravagance and wealth of intricate Renaissance details. Every surface gleamed with ornate gold leaf carvings, vividly colored marble details, and stunning fresco paintings by renowned Italian artists. I loved examining the flamboyant tomb sculptures of the famous Catholic Monarchs Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand, depicting them among delicate lace garments, crowns, and coats of arms. Surrounding their tombs, each wall and vaulted dome brimmed with elaborate Christian iconography. The overall fusion of styles emphasized the artistic cross-pollination occurring in Granada after the reconquest. Seeing this pinnacle of Spanish Renaissance art and architecture was a memorable cultural experience in itself.