Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, Cordoba
 
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Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, Cordoba

 
The Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos (Castle of Christian Monarchs) is a historic palace-fortress on the river in Cordoba, Spain.


The Alcázar was built by Alfonso XI in 1328. The original Moorish Alcázar stood beside the Mezquita, on the site of the present Bishop's Palace. Ferdinand and Isabella later governed Castile from the Alcázar for eight years in the 15th century as they prepared to reconquer Granada, the last Moorish stronghold in Spain. It was here that Queen Isabella heard Christopher Columbus' pitch before his historic journey to the Americas.


Boabdil was imprisoned here in 1483, and for nearly 300 years (1492-1821) the Alcázar served as the headquarters of the Spanish Inquisition.



The Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos is a quadrangular building notable for its powerful walls and three towers: the Tower of the Lions, the Tower of Allegiance, and the Tower of the River. The Tower of the Lions contains intricately decorated ceilings that are the most notable example of Gothic architecture in Andalusia.


Inside, the Alcázar houses Roman mosaics and sarcophagi from the 2nd and 3rd centuries, as well as Moorish baths (now used for weddings). The Alcázar is surrounded by magnificent gardens called the Paseo de los Reyes where there are statues of all the kings linked to the palace-fortress
 
Address: Pl. Campo Santo de los Mártires, San Basilio, Córdoba, Spain
Location: Caballerizas Reales, two blocks southwest of the Mezquita
Phone: 95-742-01-51
Hours: May-Sept Tues-Sat 8:30am-2:30pm and 6-8pm, Sun 10am-2pm; Oct-May Tues-Sat 10am-2pm and 4:30-6:30pm, Sun 9:30am-2:30pm. Gardens illuminated July-Sept 10pm-1am

 

he Alcazar de los Reyes was the summer palace of the king and queen. In 1489 Columbus met here with Fernado and Isabel prior to sailing off to find a new route to the Indies.



The gardens of the Alcazar are the primary reason to visit this palace. The renovated palace does have some Roman mosaics on its walls

 

CÓRDOBA
EL ALCÁZAR DE LOS REYES CRISTIANOS
The Alcazar of the Christian Kings
It is a building of military character that was built following gothic style by order of King Alfons XI. Here the Catholic Kings resided approximately 8 years, during the period of the Spanish Reconquest. It was here were they received Columbus prior to his voyage to the Americas.
 
 
 Its elegant gardens and its contents are magnificent and priceless, with Roman mosaics and sarcophaguses of the 2nd and 3rd centuries. It also offers an excellent view to the rover and the Roman Bridge, that crosses the Guadalquivir River. As part of the complex, it has several towers with lodgings that are covered with pointed arches, such as the Tower of the Homage or the Lions’ Tower facing the garden of the Martyred Saints. It also maintains the baths, of the caliph tradition, located under the Mosaics’ Hall, which nowadays is used to celebrate weddings.
 

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