Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, Córdoba

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    Alcazar Palace and Gardens

    by karenincalifornia Updated Aug 8, 2007

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    Alc��zar de los Reyes Cristianos, Cordoba

    Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos is the Castle of the Christian Kings. A Muslim Alcazar originally stood on this site. The castle was rebuilt in 1327 by King Alfonzo XI and today is an Episcopal castle. In the interior are intricate and beautifully restored Roman mosaics. To date, these are the most impressive Roman mosaics I have seen anywhere. Outside the Alcazar is a huge garden designed and built while under Christian control, but in the Moorish design.

    Each section of the garden is unique. I was in awe. And the wonderful part of this was it just wasn't crowded at all.

    See my travelogue on the Alcazar for more pictures of the gardens.

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    Mosaics Hall

    by lina112 Written Jul 7, 2007

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    In a hall which housed the former chapel of the Inquisitions there are exhibited a magnificent collection of Roman mosaic art from the 2nd and 3rd century AD. The collection was discovered under Corredera Square in the city in 1959 and once belonged to a wealthy Roman Mansion.

    En la sala donde antes se encontraba la capilla en la inquisición hay una exhibición de mosaicos de la era romana que van del siglo segundo y tercero después de cristo. La colección fue descubierta debajo de la plaza de corredera en 1959.

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    Alcazar

    by lina112 Written Jul 7, 2007

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    This building was constructed as the residence of the Cordovan caliph and thereafter became the royal residence of the Tribunal del Santo Oficio, later a civil prison, and lastly a military prison. Princess María and Prince Juan were born here. The Catholic Monarchs reigned from this palace-fortress for eight years. It was declared a Historical Monument in 1931 and is also integrated into the area that was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1994. Outside the main castle are the gardens. There is a wide variety of plants, palm trees, cypresses, orange and lemon, trees to be seen which overlook stone fountains and large ponds. It´s a very relaxing place to wander

    Fue construido como residencia de los califas cordobeses, posteriormente fue residencia real cristiana, después sede del Tribunal del Santo Oficio, más tarde cárcel civil y por último cárcel militar. La infanta Doña María y Don Juan nacieron aquí y desde aquí los Reyes Católicos goberdaron durante 8 años. Fue declarado Monumento Histórico en 1931. Integrado en la zona declarada por la UNESCO como Patrimonio de la Humanidad en 1994. Fuera del castillo se encuentran los jardines donde hay una gran variedad de plantas, palmeras, cipreses, naranjos, limones, entremezcladas con las fuentes y estanques.

    OPENING TIME
    Mon to Sat 8.30 am to 14.30pm
    Sun 9.30 am to 14.30 pm
    Admission 4 euros
    Friday: free

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    The Alcazaar

    by krissyM Written Jun 20, 2007

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    You can go and explore inside of the Alcazaar. I think that the admission was free. Make sure while you're there you walk up to the ramparts to get a great view of Cordoba. Inside, there is also a room covered with original mosaics.

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    Alcazar

    by el_ruso Written Apr 23, 2007

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    The castle is rather large and imposing. I did not go in because I was frankly tired by that point, and there was a big line, but it is supposed to be beautifully decorated. It used to be the seat of Inquisition.

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    Castle with Roman, Christian, and Moorish remains

    by leplaya Updated Mar 4, 2007

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    Garden behind the castle

    This is a pretty cool Alcazar, built by the Christians after taking the city from the Moors. It has a nice combination of Christian and Muslim artifacts. There is a large room with roman mosaics, a tower from which you could get pretty good views of the Mezquita and the rest of the city, Arabic baths (a Moorish castle was located around the same area), and a large garden. The entrance fee is 4 euro (2 if you have a student ID and are under 26)

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    visit and explore

    by mitchimitch Updated Feb 19, 2007

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    view of the tower from the gardens

    This Arabic-style fortress was built in the 8th century and was once residence of Isabel and Fernando. The Catholic Monarchs reigned from this palace-fortress for eight years. Princess María and Prince Juan were also born here.

    It was declared a Historical Monument in 1931. The building is also integrated into the area that was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1994. Since 1986, its gardens have been protected by P.G.O.U.

    Information for visits
    Timetables: From Monday to Saturday: 10:00 to 14:00 and from 17:30 to 19:30. Sundays and public holidays from 9:30 to 14:30. Closed: 1 January and 25 December.
    Entry fee: General admission: €4 Reduced: €2 (students with ID). Free: Fridays; over 65s, disabled persons and under 14s, with ID.


    Must see......
    Gardens, palace-fortress building.
    Surrounding area...
    Mosque, Calahorra tower.

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    Visit the Palace of the Christian Kings

    by DanielF Written Aug 16, 2006

    When the Christian kings took the city to the moors, they were as fascinated by the luxury and raffination of the Mourish residences that they decided to build their new palace in the exotic oriental style. Now this "Alcázar" has been turned into a museum and is well worth a visit. Its moorish garden are beautiful and very refreshing in summer.

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    Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos

    by MM212 Written May 21, 2006

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    Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos was built in the 14th century for the Christian monarchs after their takeover of Córdoba from the Moors. Inside the fortress are beautiful gardens, in addition to a small museum containing some Roman mosaics and other artefacts. Unfortunately for me, the weather was rainy and stormy when I visited Córdoba, so I was unable to enjoy the gardens of Alcázar. Next time perhaps!

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    Another Alcazar not to be missed...

    by sourire76 Written May 16, 2006

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    The alcazar de los Reyes Catolicos used to be a jail...well I guess this is the kind of jail I'd love to be put in ;-)

    The gardens are amazing, millions of flowers and it smells so good...

    Be aware that the Alcazar is open to individual only in the mornings.

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    Still a relaxing place after 20 years

    by hquittner Updated Mar 30, 2006

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    Our latest day-trip did not include this site but it should rank high on the things to do in Cordoba! They keep it well-appointed including their best Ancient Roman (2C AD)museum pieces: the polychrome mosaic of Polyphemus and Galatea (note that the Romans depict him with 3 eyes!)(1) and a splendid paleo-Christian sarcophagus.Since there are no VT pictures of this we tried to reproduce our old Kodachromes . You should know that this Alcazar was built in 1328 by Alfondo XI (the Righteous) father of Pedro I(Peter; the Cruel). Alf modestly started the Alcazar in Sevilla where Peter then outdid him. He minimally built this one also in the grounds of the previous Arabic one (which is still the episcopal palace between here and the Mezquita). He also kept the Noria (waterwheels) outside to continue the irrigation, As you relax and wander among the pools and foliage you encounter statues of famous Cordobans. Be sure to go up on the ramparts(4) for views of the river and the gardens(2,3) as well.

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    and the Waters

    by pepples46 Updated Dec 9, 2005

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    Alcazar

    not suprisingly, in this enviroment one could thrive for bigger and better things. the King and Queen of Spain received Christoph Colombus here, handing him commission to conquere the Americas.
    later the Spanish Inquisition had his ain seat here at the Palace too.
    today the astonishing architecture, irrigation system and the many acricultural achivment from this time, still has a place today in and around Cordoba

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    ALCAZAR

    by pepples46 Updated Dec 9, 2005

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    right beside the Mosque, the lavish Gardens and running waters, of the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos build by Rei Alphonso, was claimed back by the Spainiards after the reconquest of the City!
    on a personal note, the gardens are a great place to escape the heat during the hot hours of the day and still expiriencing the treasures of Cordoba

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    Banos Califales

    by Hopkid Updated Aug 28, 2005

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    When the Alcazar was built by Alfonso X in the 13th century, he included the construction of a royal bath, or the Banos Califales. Although the Alcazar has been modified many times over the years, the baths retain much of their original form. They are nice to check out and are a nice example of Arab baths that can be found in many other parts of Andalucia.

    The baths can be accessed with paid admission to the Alcazar. The Alcazar is open year-round but is closed each day during siesta (2-4:30pm).

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    Beautiful Gardens

    by Hopkid Written Aug 28, 2005

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    The gardens at Cordoba's Alcazar are reputed to be among the most beautiful in Andalucia. The large terraces are beautifully crafted with blooming perennials and fountains and provide a relaxing atmosphere in this large city. It's a nice place to take a rest under the shade of an orange tree near a bubbling fountain.

    The gardens can be accessed with paid admission to the Alcazar. The Alcazar is open year-round but is closed each day during siesta (2-4:30pm).

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