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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.

Canon EOS 70D
1/125s f/8.0 at 17.0mm iso200 full exif

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Jean D19-May-2018 00:07
Splendid w/a capture. The overall scene and depth is priceless. ~V
Lamar Nix18-Mar-2018 02:21
A very pleasant view down this long, flowered pool! V
Dennis Hoyne12-Mar-2018 03:43
A lovely spring scene, with wonderful leading lines to that beautiful castle. V
Gill Kopy12-Mar-2018 01:29
Great shot of this historically rich castle V
PS Would love to visit this place !
John Hamers11-Mar-2018 20:09
Great perspective an beautiful view of this lovely garden V!
Tom Munson11-Mar-2018 20:05
I like your POV on this wonderful capture.
Jeff Real11-Mar-2018 19:56
A very neat composition that includes so much to see
victorswan11-Mar-2018 19:50
I am agree with Helen about the perspective and the view of the Alcazar and garden BV Jose
Ken Chambers ARPS11-Mar-2018 19:40
It's lovely leading up to the castle walls, Jose
Frank Tran11-Mar-2018 17:43
Beautifully composed and captured. V+
Walter Otto Koenig11-Mar-2018 15:27
Nice perspective and soft lgihting. Beautiful location. "V"
Nick Paoni11-Mar-2018 15:14
I like the strong leading lines bringing the viewer into the frame.
Jim Coffman11-Mar-2018 15:14
A very lovely well composed image!!
Helen Betts11-Mar-2018 14:20
I like your perspective giving a good view of the Alcazar and garden. V.
Neil Marcus11-Mar-2018 13:43
Good POV. When that all blooms and thickens up it will be impressive.
Fong Lam11-Mar-2018 13:24
Nice with the plants in the foreground leading to the castle in the distance... and thanks for the history....V
Clarence King11-Mar-2018 13:08
Fine point-of-view leading to the massive castle. v
Yvonne11-Mar-2018 10:25
A promising sight, already plenty of flowers! I see where the oranges are coming from that tree;
and the background tells a story of your history. v
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