THE ALCAZAR. A few blocks down the river from Mezquita is the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, a palace built by the Christian kings in 1327 (but some parts of the massive walls and towers date from the moorish times). Aroundthe Alcazar, within the walls, are gardens with pools and fountains.
Ferdinando and Isabel bade Columbus farewell here. From 1490 to 1821 Alcazar served as a headquartes for the Inquisition.
THE CATHEDRAL. After return of Christians in 1236, the mosque was reconsecrated as a Christian church, but only in 1523 construction began on a Cathedral within its walls, requiring the removal some of the original columns. Nevetherless, this Gothic in design cathedral (with some late baroque features) is really nice. Here we have two quite different worlds under one harmonious roof. Especially noteworthy are the choir stalls, carved by the Andalucian sculptor Pedro Dukue Cornejo.
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Wines from the Montilla-Moriles area are not far behind those from Jerez. A very similar range is produced here, is that 'finos', 'olorosos, 'amontillados' and sweet wine of excellent quality and character provided by the Pedro Ximenez grape, largely grown in this area. There is a good variety of sweet, dense and aromatic wines that are popular with those who like them sweet.
LA MEZQUITA. The building of the present mosque began in 785. Building material from Roman and Wisigothic buildings was used in the construction.