Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, Córdoba

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Caballerizas Reales, s/n +34 957 42 01 51
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    Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos.

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 9, 2016

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    Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos or Castle of Christian Kings is situated in historical center of Cordoba. Construction of this castle was started in 1328 according to orders of King Alfonso XI of Castile and Leon. By this time Moors of Granada already couldn’t threat the existence of Christian Kingdoms of Iberian Peninsula such as Castile and Leon, Portugal, Aragon and Navarre. On the other hand step by step they were becoming the vassals of Castile and Leon. That’s why this castle was not constructed as real defensive structure capable withstand long siege but as the Royal Residence capable produce comfortable living condition and protection against local riots or Moorish raids. King Alfonso XI used the basements of previous Moorish castle ruined since the time of Liberation of Cordoba in 1236. He used only parts of all basements, all others he donated to Bishop of Cordoba and Knights of Calatrava. During the rule of Isabel and Fernando, newly founded Spanish Inquisition had its local HQ here. During the early stage of Granada War of 1482-1492, Emir Mohammad XII of Granada also known as Boabdil captured prisoner in the battle of Rio Genil near city of Lucena fought on April 20, 1483 was held here in this castle. It took place during his first reign of 1482-1483. After that he had his second reign in 1487-1492. Their Catholic Majesties Isabel and Fernando spent here eight years of their life during this war because it was very convenient HQ. Here they received Christopher Columbus. During Peninsular War of 1808-1813 French Army turned this castle into barracks. After 1821 castle became local prison and only after 1950 it was proclaimed national Monument and became museum.
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    From Tuesday to Friday from 08:30 to 20:45 hrs. On Saturday from 08:30 to 16:30 hrs. On Sundays and Holydays 08:30 to 14:30 hrs. Closed on Mondays.
    Admission is 4,50 Euros. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video.

    Address: Plaza Campo Santo de los Martires, n/n Cordoba

    Phone: +34 957 42 01 51

    Website: http://www.alcazardelosreyescristianos.cordoba.es/?id=3&lang=3

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    Views from Torre de Los Leones.

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 8, 2016

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    When you visit Torre de Los Leones or Tower of the Lions in Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos or Castle of Christian Kings don’t forget to climb up on the top of that tower. Your reward will be the breathtaking views at the city of Cordoba and castle itself. Be very careful and watch your steps because steps very steep and you can fell down and break you neck and mutilate other visitors. So, you are careful enough you are going to see: Mosque the Cathedral with its Minaret/Belfry at North East. Tower of Homage and Roman Bridge at the East. Patio Morisco or Moorish patio with tower of Inquisition at South. Lover and Medium gardens with all pool and Caballerizas Reales (Royal Stables) in South West and West. Be careful but quick because long queue of tourists will stand behind you.
    Open:
    From Tuesday to Friday from 08:30 to 20:45 hrs. On Saturday from 08:30 to 16:30 hrs. On Sundays and Holydays 08:30 to 14:30 hrs. Closed on Mondays.
    Admission is 4,50 Euros. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video.

    Address: Caballerizas Reales, s/n

    Phone: +34 957 42 01 51

    Website: http://www.alcazardelosreyescristianos.cordoba.es/?id=611&lang=3

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    Torre de Los Leones.

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 8, 2016

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    Torre de Los Leones or Tower of the Lions was built in XIV century but only in second part of XVII century it became the gatehouse. Before XVII century gates were situated in other place of the castle. Today entrance to Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos or Castle of Christian Kings is situated in this tower. Right in the gate you are going to find cash desk where you can buy your tickets to get in. This tower is typical defensive structure of XIV century when siege artillery was not very developed yet.
    Open:
    From Tuesday to Friday from 08:30 to 20:45 hrs. On Saturday from 08:30 to 16:30 hrs. On Sundays and Holydays 08:30 to 14:30 hrs. Closed on Mondays.
    Admission is 4,50 Euros. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video.

    Address: Caballerizas Reales, s/n

    Phone: +34 957 42 01 51

    Website: http://www.alcazardelosreyescristianos.cordoba.es/?id=611&lang=3

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    Torre de Los Leones. Interior

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 8, 2016

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    This tower was built in XIV century and this fact well explains why its interior is expressively high gothic in style. Interiors are decorated with gothic vaults and columns with capitals plant patterns. There are windows and arrow loops in the walls.
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    From Tuesday to Friday from 08:30 to 20:45 hrs. On Saturday from 08:30 to 16:30 hrs. On Sundays and Holydays 08:30 to 14:30 hrs. Closed on Mondays.
    Admission is 4,50 Euros. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video.

    Address: Caballerizas Reales, s/n

    Phone: +34 957 42 01 51

    Website: http://www.alcazardelosreyescristianos.cordoba.es/?id=611&lang=3

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    Torre de Homenaje.

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 7, 2016

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    Torre de Homenaje or Tower of Homage is situated in North-Eastern corner of Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos or Castle of Christian Kings. Homage was medieval formal procedure when vassal put his hands into hands of his suzerain and was giving solemn oath to defend received from suzerain lands and its inhabitants, to take part in his suzerain’s wars and so on and so on. This tower was built in XIV century and was the place of many official events during the life of Queen Isabel of Castile and Leon and her husband King Fernando of Aragon and Sicily.
    Open:
    From Tuesday to Friday from 08:30 to 20:45 hrs. On Saturday from 08:30 to 16:30 hrs. On Sundays and Holydays 08:30 to 14:30 hrs. Closed on Mondays.
    Admission is 4,50 Euros. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video.

    Address: Caballerizas Reales, s/n

    Phone: +34 957 42 01 51

    Website: http://www.alcazardelosreyescristianos.cordoba.es/?id=612&lang=3

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    Torre de Homenaje. Interior

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 7, 2016

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    Torre de Homenaje or Tower of Homage is situated in North-Eastern corner of Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos or Castle of Christian Kings. Its interiors are expressively gothic. Queen Isabel and King Fernando used this tower for official audience during their eight years stay in this castle during the war against Moors of Granada of 1482-1492. Here you can see cruciform shaped arrow-loops made in XIV century, such arrow loops appeared in XIII century and were designed for convenience of crossbowmen.
    Open:
    From Tuesday to Friday from 08:30 to 20:45 hrs. On Saturday from 08:30 to 16:30 hrs. On Sundays and Holydays 08:30 to 14:30 hrs. Closed on Mondays.
    Admission is 4,50 Euros. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video.

    Address: Caballerizas Reales, s/n

    Phone: +34 957 42 01 51

    Website: http://www.alcazardelosreyescristianos.cordoba.es/?id=612&lang=3

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    Interior

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 7, 2016

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    In interior halls, galleries and rooms of Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos or Castle of Christian Kings you are going to find ancient Roman sarcophagus made in 225 A.D. the master piece of Roman funeral culture. You are also going to see some medieval furniture, busts of Gonsalo Fernandez de Cordoba and Roman mosaics.
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    From Tuesday to Friday from 08:30 to 20:45 hrs. On Saturday from 08:30 to 16:30 hrs. On Sundays and Holydays 08:30 to 14:30 hrs. Closed on Mondays.
    Admission is 4,50 Euros. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video.

    Address: Caballerizas Reales, s/n

    Phone: +34 957 42 01 51

    Website: http://www.alcazardelosreyescristianos.cordoba.es/?id=622&lang=3

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    Hall of Mosaics

    by Oleg_D. Updated Feb 7, 2016

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    Hall of Mosaics is former Chapel belonged to Inquisition of Cordoba. Today this is big exhibition hall reconstructed in XVIII century where you can see ancient Roman mosaics. These mosaics were found in Cordoba during the reconstruction of Corredera Square. Mosaics are dated from II and III centuries A.D.
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    From Tuesday to Friday from 08:30 to 20:45 hrs. On Saturday from 08:30 to 16:30 hrs. On Sundays and Holydays 08:30 to 14:30 hrs. Closed on Mondays.
    Admission is 4,50 Euros. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video.

    Address: Caballerizas Reales, s/n

    Phone: +34 957 42 01 51

    Website: http://www.alcazardelosreyescristianos.cordoba.es/?id=623

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    Patio de las Mujeres

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 7, 2016

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    Patio de las Mujeres or Patio of Ladies is another bailey of Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos or Castle of Christian Kings. It is rectangular in plan. There are archeological excavations in that patio. Unfortunately it closed for public access but you will be able to observe ancient Roman ruins through the windows.
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    From Tuesday to Friday from 08:30 to 20:45 hrs. On Saturday from 08:30 to 16:30 hrs. On Sundays and Holydays 08:30 to 14:30 hrs. Closed on Mondays.
    Admission is 4,50 Euros. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video.

    Address: Caballerizas Reales, s/n

    Phone: +34 957 42 01 51

    Website: http://www.alcazardelosreyescristianos.cordoba.es/?id=644&lang=3

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    Patio Morisco

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 6, 2016

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    Patio Morisco or Moorish patio is the bailey of Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos or Castle of Christian Kings. It is rectangular in plan. West wall of this patio connect two the oldest towers of this castle Lions’ Tower and Keep Tower. All those wonderful orange, lemon and grapefruit trees were planted in XX century. They produce very pleasant natural aroma. Here you are going to find a lot of ancient Roman artifacts such as columns and fragments of walls.
    Open:
    From Tuesday to Friday from 08:30 to 20:45 hrs. On Saturday from 08:30 to 16:30 hrs. On Sundays and Holydays 08:30 to 14:30 hrs. Closed on Mondays.
    Admission is 4,50 Euros. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video.

    Address: Caballerizas Reales, s/n

    Phone: +34 957 42 01 51

    Website: http://www.alcazardelosreyescristianos.cordoba.es/?id=705&lang=3

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    Upper Pools

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 5, 2016

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    Upper Pools of Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos or Castle of Christian Kings are the most beautiful part of its Gardens. They are situated right under western wall of the castle. Very big fiches are living in these pools. First time I visited this place on the very rainy day, alcazar was closed actually and got in mistakenly. My second visit took place on sunny January day and I still cannot decide what visit was better.
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    From Tuesday to Friday from 08:30 to 20:45 hrs. On Saturday from 08:30 to 16:30 hrs. On Sundays and Holydays 08:30 to 14:30 hrs. Closed on Mondays.
    Admission is 4,50 Euros. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video.

    Address: Caballerizas Reales, s/n

    Phone: +34 957 42 01 51

    Website: http://www.alcazardelosreyescristianos.cordoba.es/?id=3

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    Jardin Bajo

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 4, 2016

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    Jardin Bajo or Lower Garden of Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos or Castle of Christian Kings was created in mid of XX century according to the best models of Andalusian Gardens. It has several pools with fountains and rows of orange trees. Jardin Bajo is the largest part of Alcazar Gardens.
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    From Tuesday to Friday from 08:30 to 20:45 hrs. On Saturday from 08:30 to 16:30 hrs. On Sundays and Holydays 08:30 to 14:30 hrs. Closed on Mondays.
    Admission is 4,50 Euros. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video.

    Address: Caballerizas Reales, s/n

    Phone: +34 957 42 01 51

    Website: http://www.alcazardelosreyescristianos.cordoba.es/?id=3

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    First Corridas in Cordoba.

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 4, 2016

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    According to some sources first Corridas of Bullfights took place at small square situated between Jardin Medio, Paseo de los Reyes and Jardin Bajo in XV century. It was the sport of nobles then and they were mounted on excellent horses trying to avoid ramming strikes of the bull and the same time trying to kill the bull with spear.
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    From Tuesday to Friday from 08:30 to 20:45 hrs. On Saturday from 08:30 to 16:30 hrs. On Sundays and Holydays 08:30 to 14:30 hrs. Closed on Mondays.
    Admission is 4,50 Euros. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video.

    Address: Caballerizas Reales, s/n

    Phone: +34 957 42 01 51

    Website: http://www.alcazardelosreyescristianos.cordoba.es/?id=3

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    Jardin Medio

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 4, 2016

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    Jardin Medio of Middle Garden is Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos or Castle of Christian Kings is situated near the wall of the castle and upper pools. This garden was created in XIX century at place previously existed Garden of Inquisition. Jardin Medio is very beautiful and tranquil place, there are a lot of orange trees an some lemon trees in this garden. In January they produce wonderful, pleasant and unforgettable aroma. The less people in the garden the better.
    Open:
    From Tuesday to Friday from 08:30 to 20:45 hrs. On Saturday from 08:30 to 16:30 hrs. On Sundays and Holydays 08:30 to 14:30 hrs. Closed on Mondays.
    Admission is 4,50 Euros. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video.

    Address: Caballerizas Reales, s/n

    Phone: +34 957 42 01 51

    Website: http://www.alcazardelosreyescristianos.cordoba.es/?id=3

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    Paseo de los Reyes

    by Oleg_D. Updated Feb 3, 2016

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    Paseo de los Reyes or passage of the Kings is a part of several gardens in Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos or Castle of Christian Kings. It was created in mid of XX century and comprises several ponds with fountains, with rows of tree and between those trees you are going to find the statues of several kings of Castile and Leon whose life was connected with this place. There are statues of Alfonso XI, Pedro I, Enrique II, Enrique III and Enrique IV. Al these statues were made in 1960-s by sculptor Pablo Yusti Conejo.
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    From Tuesday to Friday from 08:30 to 20:45 hrs. On Saturday from 08:30 to 16:30 hrs. On Sundays and Holydays 08:30 to 14:30 hrs. Closed on Mondays.
    Admission is 4,50 Euros. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video.

    Address: Caballerizas Reales, s/n

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