Tuesday, 10 December 2013

The Alcázar of Córdoba

Our guides, Rafael and Salvador, took us to the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos which is also known as the Alcázar of Córdoba. This palace was built by the Moors and was later occupied by Isabela and Ferdinand as their headquarters for the reconquest of Spain from the Muslims. After serving as a garrison for Napoleon and later as a prison it was taken over by the city and opened for the public.

It has gorgeous old mosaics in its salons and prides itself with four towers.

The view from the top of one of the towers.

The Salon Mosaic is a room that is decorated all over with amazing Roman mosaics that were found during excavations all over the city. They are absolutely breathtaking.

The famous ´patio morisco´, or Moorish courtyard.

This garden has been redesigned many times over the centuries therefore does not look like the original however it still looks amazing. We were walking amongst the orange trees, fountains and lakes full of giant fish in the warm October sun admiring the delights that you can find in every corner of this garden.

The statue of Isabella and Ferdinand with Columbus.

You can visit this lovely palace during the day but there’s also a night show that seems to be the trend nowadays with famous architectural sites around Spain. During the night you cannot see every part of the building but there’s an entertaining light show that might be worth seeing.

I finish off this blog with some photos from the streets of Córdoba.

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