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Palacio de Viana, Cordoba

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Once the former residence of the Marquis of Viana, Palacio de Viana contains a vast collection of tiles, furniture, tapestries, porcelain, paintings, muskets, and a 7,000-volume library. With its ornate Mannerist facade, the 16th-century building stands as an architectural gem. After viewing the museum’s collection, stroll through the gardens and beautiful patios, which have been added over time by successive occupants of the palace. Visitors with reduced mobility can use the mapped route passing through nine out of the 12 patios. Plan your visit to Palacio de Viana and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Cordoba travel itinerary maker.
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  • A perfectplace to be on an extremely hot day . Wondering throught the lovely cool gardens . lots of shay trees and cool water . The inside of the palace was interesting but unfortunatly the tour is on...  more »
  • The patios can be visited without a guide and at anytime the Palacio is open. The visit to the rooms is by guided tour only and available on the half hour and hour. There is information English but th...  more »
  • The building dates back to the 16th century and has been extended several times over the centuries. It was built to house Spanish nobility and the old house and its artifacts are on display. But the r...  more »
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  • The courtyards of Viana are a beautiful place to experience some of the most beautiful inner courtyards in town. Also do the tour of the house / palace to get a better feel for how nobility lived in Cordoba after Arab Al-Andalus up to near present day. Wednesday between 2-5 pm are free of charge.
  • Nice patios but interior only accessible with guided tour in Spanish only. Was a quick visit.
  • We did the tour of the house as well as the patios. The house is amazing and has some wonderful antiques and pieces of furniture inside. Note that the house tour is only given in Spanish (at least it was at the time of this review 9th June 2016) with a pamphlet of the English translation. The patios at the Palacio are some of the nicest we saw in Cordoba and are free to enter - you only pay to see the house but this has to be via guided tour. The walk to the Palacio also takes you through some different areas of the city which can be a nice change depending upon where you are based.
  • The main yard at the entrance (that you not pay) is prepared + decorated with flowers. All the other yards that you will see after payment are pretty poor and not cared about.
  • . Unmissable! Just fabulous. Like Topsy, this palace just growed and growed. It started off as an aristocratic house, owned in the 15th Century by Don Gome. By marriage, inheritance, purchase and doubtless some wheeling and dealing, the family acquired adjoining houses and land until it became its current size. The palace overall has been in the same family - passing to sons, to wives, to nephews, from the 15th century until 1980, when the widow of the last owner, then aged 80, put it up for sale. There was local disquiet, as it was felt to be an important part of local history, and so the charitable foundation of the local Savings Bank, CajaSur , stepped in to buy it, restore and maintain it, and open it to the public. The citizens of Cordoba visited it for the first time in the 1980's therefore. Except for those who had been maids, cooks, gardeners, footmen, washerwomen, bootboys and all the other downstairs staff needed to run the palace. You can visit the house, which we chose not to do, as we were not too keen on room after room of furniture. We visited the 12 patios and a garden. Unmissable. .

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