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Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos
04-MAR-2018

Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos

The Alcázar (castle) of Cordoba, with its thick defensive walls, served both as a fortress and a palace, and is a perfect illustration of the development of Cordoban architecture through the ages. Roman and Visigoth ruins lie side by side with Arabic remains in this magnificent building, which was once the favourite residence of the different rulers of the city. However, when Cordoba was taken by Fernando III «the Saint» in 1236, the former Caliphal Palace was in a pitiful, ruinous state. Alfonso X «the Wise» began the restoration work, which was finished off during the reign of Alfonso XI. It has fulfilled many different functions over the years, such as Headquarters of the Inquisition, or a prison (first half of the 20th century).At first sight, one of the most surprising features of the fortress is its almost rectangular shape with its long walls made of solid blocks of stone (ashlars) and four corner towers (the tower of the Lions, the main keep, the tower of the Inquisition and the tower of the Doves). Inside, the different halls are distributed around courtyards with an exotic array of flowers, aromatic herbs and mature trees. Both rooms and corridors are covered by stone cupolas in Gothic style.

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barbarajoy10-May-2018 08:38
Marvellous composition of this fine brick and stone passageway. V
Carl H. Johnson26-Apr-2018 21:40
Great capturing of the arches!!!~V~
Julie Oldfield29-Mar-2018 01:24
Very well composed. V
Dennis Hoyne26-Mar-2018 02:12
Neat shot, Jose! V
Lamar Nix25-Mar-2018 20:52
Fantastic visual journey down this ancient hallway! It must be thrilling to walk there just as others have since the early 1200's! V
laine25-Mar-2018 18:53
More stunning arches...I love the soft tones of the bricks. V
Carter Creek25-Mar-2018 18:33
Very nice, composition and lines etc.
Well done.v
Ika Zinka Eferl25-Mar-2018 16:06
Fantastic!! Incredible capture. V
Juliette25-Mar-2018 15:42
wonderful look-through V
cobler25-Mar-2018 14:49
Excellent composition here, jose.....V
Jim Coffman25-Mar-2018 14:48
Excellent capture, Jose....
Frank Tran25-Mar-2018 14:29
Superb interior capture. V+
Fong Lam25-Mar-2018 14:28
Excellent view point and well composed with superb light and details...V
Walter Otto Koenig25-Mar-2018 14:03
Interesting perspective. Nice exposure. "V"
Jeff Real25-Mar-2018 13:56
This is such a wonderful photograph
V
Helen Betts25-Mar-2018 13:18
Great perspective for capturing the many repeating forms and the exotic architectural style. V.
Marcia Colelli25-Mar-2018 13:14
Wonderful perspective and composition with excellent light and details. V
Neil Marcus25-Mar-2018 12:54
nd the past few picture are of superior quality, Jose. "VVV"
John Hamers25-Mar-2018 11:55
Wonderful composition of these arches !VC
Don25-Mar-2018 09:48
That corridor design looks like it could lead off to infinity.
gerrit25-Mar-2018 09:34
Good impression of a great era. I am now reading Reconquista from Miquel Bulnes. So your pictures wil help me visualize.
Yvonne25-Mar-2018 08:21
Wonderful composition Jose... and remarkable interior... v
Paco López25-Mar-2018 04:46
Me gusta mucho la perspectiva de arcos! V!
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