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Citadel of the Catholic Monarchs

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Citadel of the Catholic Monarchs


Basic Information

Location Cordoba, Spain
Country Spain
City Cordoba
Address Cordoba, Spain

General Information

Open to visitors no
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Geographical Coordinates 37.8768,-4.7813


The Citadel of the Christian Monarchs was built by Alfonso XI the Justice maker in 1327 on part of the former Caliph's Al-Andalus palace, being intended to serve as the royal residence and bestowing upon it the castle features which have survived until today. The Inquisition headquarters was set up at the Citadel in 1492 alongside the castle of the Jews, one of the traditional sites of the Jewish collective after King Fernando III the Saint arrived in the city in 1236.

The citadel was the royal residence during the 14th and 15th centuries and as from 1482 it became the headquarters for the Catholic Monarchs' army to conquer the kingdom of Granada. It was here that Isabel and Fernando received Christopher Columbus and here they were remained until the taking of Granada when they handed the citadel over to the Inquisition. The Court of the Holy Office - which turned a large part of the palace rooms into dungeons - remained at this headquarters until 1812 when the Courts of Cádiz abolished it.

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