Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos
Opposite the Mezquita and next door to the regional tourist office is the Palacio Episcopal, now a conference centre but originally the...
The Palacio Episcopal also houses the Museo Diocesano, which has a collection of religious art. The best of this art is some outstanding...
Traversing the Río Guadalquivir, the much restored Roman bridge formed part of the ancient Vía Augusta, which extended from Cádiz to...
In an old building opposite the Mezquita, this place offers a variable mix of music and dance in a firm tourist setting.
A meal here makes a fine complement to the nearby Casa de Sefarad museum, as it brings the Sephardic (Judeo-Spanish) tradition to the...
Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos information
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.