The Alcazar cordoba
The Alcazar Cordoba of the Christian monarchs dates from 1328 and was the home of the Catholic Kings for decades with King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella as its most famous residents.It was build on the ruins of a Moorish rui and before of the house of the Roman governor. Christopher Colombus applied here for subsidies in 1486 for his maritime adventure with the consequences we all know…also one of his daughters was born at the palace, princess Maria, later queen of portugal.
The gardens of the Alcázar stand on the site of the former vegetable gardens of the Alcázar, which were surrounded by the walls of the fortress. They were supplied with water from the river via a complex irrigation system.
This historical area was reduced when the Avenue of the Alcazar was built around the middle of the 20th century. Another change was carried out in the western area in the first decades of the 20th Century, leaving an enclosure close to the West Wall which was connected to the Royal Stables.
The current Gardens of the Alcázar were formed around the middle of the 20th century.
The Alcazar Cordoba Gardens
The gardens are divided into three different levels, all of them housing fountains and big pools, as well as a rich variety of native flora. The garden’s borders have changed throughout history and its current appearance differs a lot from the original one, as the planimetry and appearance of the Royal Stables’ West Wall show.
During a visit to the gardens, visitors will find several sculptures, among them the one representing the meeting between the Catholic Monarchs, Isabel and Fernando, and Christopher Columbus.The gardens, ponds, and landscape of the Alcazar is a must see with courtyards of splendid architecture supplying lots of great outdoor photo opportunities. Go up to the tower to get a good aerial view of Cordoba city, the gardens and the adjacent river Guadalquivir to the south.
The magnificent water gardens at this spectacular castle are undoubtedly one of the best preserved sights in Cordoba especially as they are located in the Jewish Quarter and very close to the well known Mesquita.Check out some of the citric trees where one can observe lemmons and organges at one and the same tree. The site was declared World Heritage by Unesco in 1994 and receives about half a million visitors a year, so try to avoid the typical touristic hours meaning late afternoon.