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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
1/200s f/7.1 at 17.0mm iso200 full exif

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Gill Kopy16-Mar-2018 03:52
What a great shot of this wonderful castle ! V
Dennis Hoyne15-Mar-2018 02:18
Beautifully composed, v
Clarence King15-Mar-2018 02:00
Fine framing and leading lines, well done. v
Hank Vander Velde15-Mar-2018 01:34
Nice natural frame for this well captured image Jose.
Lamar Nix15-Mar-2018 01:30
Magnificent old architectural treasure and like image! V
Dave Petersen Photography14-Mar-2018 23:36
The arch frames this walkway so beautifully. So well composed with the perspective and you can feel the history in this beautiful capture. VV
bill friedlander14-Mar-2018 23:16
A fine perspective along the old wall. V
Nick Paoni14-Mar-2018 23:04
I really like how you framed this shot.
Jeff Real14-Mar-2018 22:42
What an amazing composition
Helen Betts14-Mar-2018 21:29
Nicely framed, and I like all the leading lines to the building. V.
Kim14-Mar-2018 21:10
Great framing in this composition Jose! V
Jim Coffman14-Mar-2018 20:46
Very well composed and captured...
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