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Review of Palacio de Viana

Palacio de Viana
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Cordoba: Viana Palace and Courtyards Official Tour
Ranked #8 of 140 things to do in Cordoba
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Palace of Viana is a lived house until the end of 20th century by noble families but with a great popular flavor instead. One of its main attractiveness are the "patios" and the garden that make it be known as Museum of the Patios. Indoor and outdoor are perfectly integrated, giving to the palace an original harmony. Among the collections stand out paintings, tapestries, leather and ceramic tiles among others.
Reviewed 20 October 2011

This was the highlight of our visit to Cordoba. The gardens were beautifual and so relaxing. The tour of the palace was very good and not at all spoilt by the fact that we speak little Spanish and the guide spoke in that language.

This is a must!

Thank SebastianWestCountry
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Reviewed 17 October 2011

I was worried about taking the guided tour based on the previous negative review, but it seems that traveler's experience was an isolated event. When we arrived another tour was just finishing up, so we waited about 10-15 minutes for the next tour to begin. While the tour is only in Spanish (~40 min), pamphlets in your own language are provided at the beginning. The palace itself is interesting since it is not a royal residence, but that of a very wealthy family. Fascinating to think that one of the heirs still lived here in the 1980s. The furnishings etc are all original and are quite fun to browse. One downside is that the entire lower level of the house is under renovation, but there was still plenty to see.

As described by others, the gardens are quite lovely and extensive. While you are there though, I do think the tour of the house is worthwhile. Patios only are 3€, with tour is 6€.

1  Thank misswhitneypaige
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Reviewed 19 September 2011

The Viana Palace is famous for its 12 patios, each with a completely different design from the rest. The palace is quite big and occupies a space of 6500 square meters. It started out as a mansion of one family and over time adjoining houses were incorporated into the palace. The palace is really a decorative arts museum with many different collections, such as paintings, tapestries, jewelry, furniture, Chinese porcelain, carpets, musical instruments, crystal chandeliers, Cordovan leather and ancient guns. There are two Sorolla paintings, one that portrays Queen Victoria Eugenia. Another painter in the collection was Luca Giordano. The Goya Room has tapestries that he designed. There are also Mudejar and Renaissance coffered ceilings that are very beautiful. The library is impressive with all the books it displays.

Thank BennyMalaga
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Reviewed 30 January 2011

I was surprised about this place. With the entry fee (less than 5 EUR) you also have a guided tour with 3 different guides who change at each wing of the building and explain a lot of the former residents and their life. The tour is quiet long (aprox. 2 hours) but interesting. I think that the guide is only available in spanish, but information flyers of the palast are availbale in all important languages. I definitely would recommend to visit this place!

Thank sweet_jeanny
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Reviewed 29 September 2010

This palace has 2 stars in our guide book and some very pretty courtyards which are worth the visit. Whe we arrived we were told that a tour had just started and the next would be in half an hour, meanwhile we were given a leaflet in English ( they had several languages) and were told we could visit the patios. After 30 minutes there were several people waiting and 4 guides hanging around chatting and smoking, but when someone asked about the next tour they were told "another 30 minutes" One couple walked off at that point. (of course we had all paid the entrance fee) When we had waited an hour we were told the tour would be in 15 minutes - another 5 people left. Finally we were told a tour was about to start (75 minutes after we arrived). There were 8 people at this time and all english speaking. A guide came with us and just as he was about to start the tour a spanish couple turned up. He asked our nationalities and said that he would do the tour only in spanish as there were spanish people in the group. He handed us leaflets in English explaining about the palace and told us in spanish that we were not following the order of the rooms as listed. This was OK for us but not for those who understood nothing. The guide spoke perfect English but was reluctant to answer the questions of those who weren't following - he didn't even announce which room we were entering so that people could read the correct part of the sheet - I found it necessary to assist those who understood no spanish. Part of the way through the tour we stopped to allow another group of people to join us. Our guide explained to the one with the new group that he was giving the tour in spanish, so the new one took over the whole group. She was able to speak english but refused to answer anything other than basic questions - and those of us who had followed the explanations of the first guide found this new one spoke far more quickly with little effort to give us time to follow. We got the impression that there was contempt for english speakers. Was it worth the wait - certainly not, even if my spanish was fluent or the tour had been in english. They should do a separate ticket just for the patios. Everyone in the group planned to make some kind of complaint.

4  Thank martin b
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