According to various authors it seems that here was the first plant labyrinth of those that existed in the Gardens of the Alcázar from the sixteenth century. The labyrinths in the gardens often refer to the first known original garden of history, the one in Crete, where the Minotaur lived, but it seems that there was some confusion here between Crete and the mythical Troy, hence the name of this courtyard.
This currently little garden is characterized mainly by the heterogeneous architecture that limits it. Thus, along with the lining of its architecture with the medieval technique of orange trees in trellis, stands out the rustic gallery that closes it by one of its major sides, an old Islamic wall reconverted by Vermondo Resta at the beginning of the 17th century in a walk in height, in which carnations were traditionally grown, just as the traveller Ibn Batouta recalls it was done in a Persian garden of his time. Also Islamic, 10th century, is the central fountain of the courtyard. So it happens that in the time of the Austrias the Alcázar the old Islamic hydraulic hydraulics network was maintained, but also, curiously, some cups of caliph fountains. The Gardens of the Alcázar, although they welcome in the long historical past the arrival of artistic styles or gardeners strange to the tradition, never completely eliminate the previous one. Everything is mixed, and from that combination new forms arise.
This garden also served as an inexhaustible inspiration for the famous Valencian painter Joaquín Sorolla, who painted it repeatedly rejoicing in the relationships of light and shade existing between these spaces. Such was his preference for this garden that would serve as a model to build his own house-museum in Madrid.