Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos

Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos information

Córdoba , Spain
Address
Street Campo Santo de Los Mártires
Prices
admission €4, Fri free
Opening hours
10am-2pm & 5.30-7.30pm Tue-Sat, 9.30am-2.30pm Sun & holidays
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Lonely Planet review

Built by Alfonso XI in the 14th century on the remains of Roman and Arab predecessors, the castle began life as a palace. It hosted both Fernando and Isabel, who made their first acquaintance with Columbus here in 1486. Its terraced gardens – full of fish ponds, fountains, orange trees, flowers and topiary – are a pleasure to stroll and a joy to behold from the tower.

A hall here displays some remarkable Roman mosaics, dug up from the Plaza de la Corredera in the 1950s. Most notable is a portrait of the mythical couple Polyphemus and Galatea, whose story was later retold by the Spanish poet Luis de Góngora.