Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos

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fort of the Christian Kings

The Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos also known as the “fort of the Christian Kings” has what’s now referred to as a ‘Moorish’ or ‘Islamic’ garden. The citadel, which become also a palace and different Mughal gardens, is medieval.

Fort of the Christian Kings is located on the northern bank of the Guadalquivir River. has beautiful views and can even be used as a supply route or a way to escape during more busy or stressful events.

The Catholic King Alfonso XI of Castile ordered the royal palace to be built in 1328, it was built on the ruins of the Vast Moorish fort.

Lion Tower

Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos

The north west of the tower, is the oldest tower, it has two floors, you can find a roof terrace with battlements and inside the floors there’s crossed vaults and supporting arches, also theirs wide Almohad styled bands on the floor external sides and on the top floor the name derives from one of the gargoyles.

Inquisition Tower

Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos

Facing the river the on the south east corner is a circle tower,  The outdoors stonework functions ashlar blocks laid in exceptional directions, the tower has three floors and has a vault that’s semi circular.

The Keep Tower

The Keep tower or the Homage tower is where the occupants come to swore oath to protect the fortress, the tower is octagonal shape, the tower itself has a roof which has a raised tower and a balcony.

Royal Baths

Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos

The baths are located in the basement and were built by Alfonso XI, there are four rooms, first one is the changing rooms, then the other rooms are the cold room, warm and hot rooms. the basement walls are made out of hardened clay and marble floor slabs, There are skylights in organizations of threes within the shape of stars which offer light and air flow.

The Mosaics Hall 

The hall was formerly a chapel which then turned in to roman Mosaic art from the 2nd and 3rd century

Moorish Patio

Is a Moorish architecture which is a rectangular patio, and are motifs in stucco, which can be found across the base of the walls, with drawings of castles and lions.

Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos


outside the principle fortress partitions the gardens occupy fifty five rectangular metres. it is honestly a completely enjoyable location to wander. there’s a extensive variety of plants, palm bushes, cypresses, orange and lemon, trees to be visible which forget stone fountains and large ponds. firstly the water turned into introduced in via an aqueduct from the Sierra Morena and the extremely good Albolafia waterwheel within the River Guadalquivir nearby helped with the deliver. The huge ponds have been delivered in the 19th century.

Their used to be a tower called the Dove, which no longer stands.

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Address: Plaza Campo Santo de los Mártires, s/n, 14004 Córdoba, Spain