GRANADA'S Alhambra Palace committee is trying to decide whether or not to ban 'selfie sticks' from the complex.
The ban could even extend to camera flashes, says Andalucía regional culture minister Rosa Aguilar.
A 'technical commission' set up by the ancient Moorish heritage site's management will 'study and evaluate' both aspects in light of the possible impact of flashes on 'sensitive parts' of the monument, and the potential for accidents to visitors caused by careless use of selfie sticks.
“This is a sufficiently sensitive, delicate and major subject for the heritage management committee to have convened a technical commission to discuss it,” Sra Aguilar adds.
As yet no conclusions have been reached, and the minister says she does not wish to 'jump the gun' by predicting the outcome.
With the Alhambra Palace being, officially, Spain's most-visited monument, cameras and phones with a camera function are a fact of life and impossible to avoid, and selfie sticks mean tourists can take pictures of themselves in front of its salient points with enough distance to enable them to get the scenery in the background without their faces filling the entire frame.
But some museums and other visitor attractions around the world have banned them because of the risk of injury to other tourists where their handlers are less than careful with them.
Flash photography can harm artefacts by bleaching out their colour over time, which is why many art museums do not allow it.
The technical commission is not sure, however, to what extent flashes may harm parts of the palace complex, much of which is outdoors.