A tour of the palace of Viana de Córdoba

Viana's palace is one of the most visited monuments in Córdoba. No wonder, as architectural and artistic beauty is present in all its corners. It is a palace with more than five centuries that is part of the history and urbanism of this wonderful Andalusian city. We show you a brief tour so you can enjoy it to the fullest.

Brief historical introduction of the palace

Columns Courtyard

The palace of Viana de Córdoba began to be built in the fifteenth century. Its origin takes place with the manor and marquisate of Villaseca. A family that, through the IX Marquise de Villaseca, was related by marriage to Teobaldo Saavedra, to whom Alfonso XII granted in 1875 the title of Marquis de Viana. Hence the name of the palace.

Thus, it will be part of the heritage of the Marquises of Viana until its last heiress, the III Marquise de Viana, widow and without descendants, decides to sell the house to a bank. At present, It belongs to the CajaSur Foundation, which has rehabilitated and open to the public.

The set consists of a house-palace, 12 courtyards and a garden. It is located in the historic neighborhood of Santa Marina and has been declared of Cultural Interest since 1981.

Viana's palace

Palace Hall - Bobo Boom / Wikimedia Commons

This is an example of aristocratic palace. All of it is a symbol of power of its owners. Already from its entrance you can perceive how great the construction is.

A) Yes, its Mannerist style cover invites us to enter the so-called Mosaic Hall. Here we can contemplate a Roman mosaic of the fourth century that the II Marquis de Viana ordered to bring to the palace in 1923. In this space we can admire a picture on leather that represents Cleopatra and Marco Antonio, made in the seventeenth century.

Y in the Showcase Room you can enjoy part of a tableware of the Company of the Indies, from the 18th century. This was a gift that King Alfonso XIII to the II Marquis de Viana, who held, among others, the position of sommelier of Corps de la Real Casa.

The Tobias Hall also stands out on the ground floor, with its walls full of frescoes; the Gallery of the Saavedra, in which there are six paintings of this family of the nobility; and the chapel, with its Christ of Humility.

The upper part of the palace

Palace kitchen

The upper floor is accessed by an impressive Renaissance staircase with carved marble railing and covered by a Mudejar loop vault. On this floor are the bedrooms among which the black bedroom and the French bedroom stand out, both decorated with French-style furniture.

Also, here we find the private rooms. Among them, do not miss the Craft Hall, with its Flemish tapestries and the Portuguese Salon, which takes its name from the 18th century Portuguese furniture that decorates it.

Meanwhile, in the part destined to the service, the kitchen is the most striking. Here a wonderful collection of Spanish and porcelain ceramics is preserved.

The courtyards of the palace of Viana de Córdoba

But the areas that most attract the attention of the palace are its twelve courtyards. They are all different and lovely, Reflecting the progressive expansion of the entire palace and the long tradition of courtyards that exist in Córdoba.

Palace Courtyard

A) Yes, we find the oldest documented neighbors patio in Córdoba, the one of the Cats. This patio is of medieval origin. It was acquired by the first lord of Villaseca in the sixteenth century, but until the eighteenth century he will not have real communication with the rest of the palace.

Renaissance style are the Courtyard of Receipt, located in the main access of the palace and the Patio de las Rejas, which opens to the street through barred windows. While the Baroque is represented in the Patio del Archivo, in which the Historical Archive of Viana is based.

Other courtyards that make up the complex are the Patio de la Madama and the Viana Garden, both romantic in style. We must also mention the Patio de los Jardineros, that of the Pool, that of the Cancela or that of Los Naranjos, among others. Stroll through them and discovering its charms is the best way to complete the visit to this wonderful palace.