On a beautiful day in November of last year, under an amazing clear blue sky, I visited the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, or Castle of the Christian Kings, in Cordoba, Spain. The building itself has thick defensive walls and originally served as both a palace and a fortress upon its completion in 1328. Built originally for Alfonso XI, it was also the base of operations for Fernando II and Isabel’s campaign to conquer Granada and take control from the Moors. It was also where the royal couple met with Christopher Columbus, who detailed his plans to find a westbound sea route to India. It later served as the headquarters for the Spanish Inquisition, and eventually as a prison.
The palace itself now houses some beautiful museum pieces.
The central courtyard is beautiful, filled with the ever-present orange trees with colorful flowers arranged around them. Fountains provide the perfect soundtrack to a beautiful daydream.
While the fortress walls once served as a perch for soldiers providing security to the palace’s inhabitants, they now provide a stunning vantage point over the beautiful city of Cordoba.
I’ll be showing the highlights of the Alcazar’s beautiful gardens in a future post!
If you are interested in visiting the Alcazar, the admission fees and operating hours are listed below.
May and June: 10.00h -14.00h & 17.30-18.30h
July and August: 08.30h -14.30h
September to 14th October: 10.00h – 14.00h & 17.30h -18.30h
15th Oct to 30th April: 10.00h – 14.00h and 16.30-18.30h
Admission: Adults 4.50 Euros; Students (26 and under) 2.25 Euros
With the exception of holidays, admission is free between 8:30 am and 10:30 am.
I am itching to get back to Andalusia. Do these pictures whet your appetite for a breathtaking Andalusian vacation?