Palacio de Viana

Córdoba, Spain

Palacio de Viana was established as the family estate in 1492 by Gómez Suárez de Figuroea. He died childless and was succeeded by his nephew. The original house has experienced numerous alterations up to our days, of which we can highlight the extension in the 17th century, which gave it its current appearance to a great extent.

The palace covers a surface of more than 6,500 square metres, of which almost 4,000 of them correspond to courtyards, gardens and open spaces. Visitors, more than 70,000 every year, are especially attracted by the elegant patios and the superb 18th century garden of this palace which has lately become a museum, thanks to the collaboration of an important institution in the town.

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Founded: 1492
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Spain

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luke carey (2 months ago)
I think the palace is great. It had some really nice patios. I would recommend to visit if you come to Cordoba.
Arber Ibra (2 months ago)
Amazing place. Loved every part of it
vassilios marinis (2 months ago)
Viana Palace is a palace-museum in the city of Córdoba ( Spain ), located in the Santa Marina neighborhood . On March 27, 1981, it was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest in the Monument category. The palace was built in the 15th century and has been expanded over the centuries. Its name comes from the Marquisate of Viana , the last family that owned the property. In 1981, after being acquired by the CajaSur Foundation , it was opened to the public for the first time with its twelve patios, the garden and the interior of the palace, which would make about 6,500 square meters. In 2019 it received more than 193,000 visitors, being one of the most touristic cultural spaces in Córdoba.
Julie Stroud (7 months ago)
Beautiful Renaissance/Baroque palace with gardens. 12 of them! I went today because it was free admission. Wonderful example of period architecture and art. I was grateful to have English translations of the signs explaining what was in each area, but wish there had been more signs explaining the Roman artifacts found during renovations of the building site. I think it would be worth paying to see.
Douglas Woolf (15 months ago)
A must visit attraction in Cordoba. This house with 12 patios and a garden is well worth seeking out. As well as the patios the house interiors are stunning with precious tapestries, furniture and paintings.
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