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Patios de Córdoba
07-MAR-2018

Patios de Córdoba

WHAT ARE THE PATIOS?
In the list of Intangible Heritage of Humanity of Unesco since December 2012.Due to the hot, dry Cordoban climate, the city's inhabitants, - first the Romans and later the Moslems - adapted the typical design of the popular house to their needs, making the home centre around an inner courtyard (patio in Spanish), normally with a fountain in the middle and often a well to collect rainwater. The Moslems made further adjustments, giving the house an entrance from the street which passed through a porch, and filling the courtyard with plants to give the sensation of freshness.

TYPES OF PATIOS
There are clearly two types of courtyard. The first type is in a one-family home in which the rooms are arranged around the courtyard - it usually has arches and either a clay tiled or decorative pebbled floor. The second type is called a neighbours house (casa de vecinos). Here the individual homes look out onto the courtyard - however, these are much less common nowadays. It usually has two floors and the courtyard is made all the more attractive by the long balconies, staircases and baked clay roof tiles. The floors usually have decorative pebbles and there is often a well instead of a fountain, as well as a communal washing room.

WHERE ARE THEY?
The most characteristic district is the Alcázar Viejo district, between the Alcázar and the parish of San Basilio, although there are also many in the districts of Santa Marina, around the church of San Lorenzo and near la Magdalena. Just around the Mosque-Cathedral, there are also very beautiful old examples of courtyards in the old Jewish quarter. The most beautiful courtyards of all are to be found in the Palacio de Viana (Viana Palace), with twelve different courtyards.

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M. G. Francis29-May-2018 10:25
Very lovely!
François Fauchard20-Mar-2018 21:47
Not easy to water plants, I think. V
Julie Oldfield18-Mar-2018 02:35
Very cool!
victorswan15-Mar-2018 21:06
So nice image from this interesting facade BV
janescottcumming14-Mar-2018 21:38
How wonderful with all those flowers! V
Fletcher Wildlife Garden14-Mar-2018 20:27
I love this! What a spectacular array of potted plants. V
Juliette14-Mar-2018 17:59
so cool and cute !! I love it V
John Hamers14-Mar-2018 17:56
Beautiful scene you've captured here with all these flower pots !!!V
Nirvan Hope14-Mar-2018 17:06
Fascinating! I hope they have a well-thought-out watering system!
Tom Munson14-Mar-2018 17:03
This is wonderful, Jose.
danad14-Mar-2018 17:00
Amazing ! V.
GaleriaFotoStefan14-Mar-2018 16:50
Great capture V
Frank Tran14-Mar-2018 16:29
Great find and capture. V+
Walter Otto Koenig14-Mar-2018 16:07
Wonderful shot with all of these pots. Nice to see this. "V"
Dan Greenberg14-Mar-2018 15:32
That is amazing! I love all these flower pots so unusually displayed. ~BV~
Jim Coffman14-Mar-2018 14:01
Wow, that is a lot of flower pots! I would not wish to water these every day!
A very nice image, Jose...
Dwight Rankine14-Mar-2018 13:55
Good shot! I bet they just turn the hose on then when they need water.
Nick Paoni14-Mar-2018 13:43
This is so neat, but I can't help to wonder how they all get watered.
Clarence King14-Mar-2018 12:33
Spectacular beautiful scene. How do they water all those plants?
Kuriacose Joseph14-Mar-2018 12:29
Wow, how do they water the plants?!! This is quite unique. Must keep the place cool during the summer months.
cobler14-Mar-2018 12:03
Hope they are plastic.... I guess you could spray the wall with a hose..... V
Neil Marcus14-Mar-2018 12:02
What a great effort to maintain this. It is a treat for the viewer."V"
Yvonne14-Mar-2018 10:23
That'd be me if I didn't have lots of garden space! :) What a display!! v
Jean-Gregoire Marin14-Mar-2018 07:54
Who is in charge to water the plants?;-).....
Very nice photo of this interesting facade, V
Paco López14-Mar-2018 05:25
Expectacular!! Vaya trabajo que tiene! La foto preciosa, V!
Helen Betts14-Mar-2018 04:48
What an amazing scene, so well captured. V.
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