The houses of elite Cordobans from the past, be it the Roman or Muslim period, include two variants: townhouses, like the ‘Domus’ located in the Roman part of the city or the Andalusian House in the Muslim medina, and houses for recreation and leisure, like the country house of Roman Cordoba, the Roman villa, or the Almunia house of the Muslim Qurtuba, or Emir.
Both variants were designed to display power, either through their dimensions, construction materials used, room arrangement or interior ornamental elements.
From the Christian period, we have the Manor Houses, properties initially owned by the knights who accompanied the Christian kings in their battles for the Reconquest. They were given these houses for services to the king. Over time they were extended with houses that were adjoined to the original structure, as is the case for the Palace of the Marquises of Viana.
The Marquises of Viana were the owners for five centuries, from the first Marquis of Villaseca (Gómez de Figueroa and Córdoba) in the late 16th century, to the 3rd Marquis of Viana (Fausto Saavedra and Collado) in 1980. The palace offers the possibility of visiting a Noble’s house, and viewing an evolution of architectural styles and decorative arts. Its majestic collections include: animal hides and embossed leathers, heraldic tiles, royal muskets, tapestries, and paintings that will immerse you in a luxurious, aristocratic atmosphere.
It houses no fewer than 12 patios and no less than 1,200 square metres of garden.
It is a paradise in the historic centre of Cordoba.