Córdoba has several palaces and old-style houses, particularly Viana Palace and Merced Palace.
Viana Palace is a stately home from the 15th century till the 19th century. In this magnificent place you will have the opportunity to visit an aristocratic house which is a museum at the same time. You will be able to enjoy and admire lifestyle and tastes of people who belonged to upper class at that period. Travel to other times and enjoy seeing different leathers and embossed leathers, tiles, tapestries, paintings, etc.
The visit to Viana Palace would be complemented with twelve courtyards and the garden. The courtyards are one of the characteristics of Córdoba and one of the most important reasons to visit the mentioned city. Because of that, the Viana Palace courtyards are a place which you should visit.
These courtyards pay tribute to plants, light and water. They are one of the most important sights of Cordoban culture. In Córdoba we can also find Merced Palace, actual Cordoban Council. In the past, it was a convent of Mercedarian friars and has also a great history, so it is a very recommended place to visit. In this palace, rests from Roman blocks of stone, a baptistery and a cript have been found.
Around the year 1700 a Latin cross plan church was built within a rectangle inside the actual Merced Palace. Nowadays you can enjoy the old Merced Church within this wonderful palace, since it was restored in order to be used.
Once the church was built, the cloisters and a spectacular imperial style stairway with a quadrangular plan were built. It is made with different coloured marbles giving it an old epoch atmosphere worth to be visited.
This palace façade has been very well preserved in comparison with the rest of this magnificent space. Even so, the Southern façade was built in 1960 and is decorated with a big sundial, made by the same architect who built the façade.
This building is not only an architectural work with a big history and a place to visit, it also keeps inside some collections. Most of the works which are inside this palace come from an old convent, being the oldest ones of that collection. Within the oldest pieces, there is a trade-union cup adapted into a big cup, which is probably a Flemish piece from the 16th century. Inside this palace we can also find painting and sculpture collections, highlighting the canvas brought from the Fine Arts Museum and the figures created by Mateo Inurria Lainosa. Furthermore, within the oldest works, it is possible to enjoy different paintings from the 20th century.
A very peculiar Palace which not only hides its own history, but also has different architectural constructions and a big number and variety of pieces of art. A place you can not miss.