Palace Califal

Remains related to the caliphal palace found next to the Mosque of Córdoba
Published 08/08/2006. Source: Cordoba Day.

Experts doubt whether they belong to the building or the hallway allowing access to the Caliph Mosque without hitting the road, Known as' Sabbath’

An archaeological tasting conducted by the city of Cordoba in the street Torrijos, on the west facade of the Mosque-Cathedral, has uncovered what may be the foundation of the caliphate palace or the passageway that connected it with the temple, that allowed the caliph go pray without passing through the street.

These are the first findings of archaeologists who have developed work, they have identified a pillar formed by concrete stones whose origin has not yet been determined.

Anyway, archaeological remains, that have already been covered, are in a poor condition.

The performance is part of a global authorization given by the Junta de Andalucía to act on the shaft Tendillas-Mosque, Céspedes street, Cardenal Herrero, Magistral González Francés, Torrijos and Corregidor Luis de la Cerda.

One hypothesis states that archaeologists could be the remains of the palace of the Caliph, partly discovered in 1961 in the opposite facade area currently occupied by the Palacio Episcopal, excavations in giving as a result also the location of the bathrooms of the Alcazar.

The other possibility is that it be the foundation of the Sabbath, elevated walkway that allowed the caliph moved from their stay until the Mosque to pray without hitting the road, in order to prevent violence against him.

Specifically, it is speculated that it could be the sabbath of Alhakem II, previous studies in this area located west side of declared World Heritage monument by Unesco 1984, up to now known as the Puerta de San Miguel, dated around 965.

The Episcopal Palace is now partly abandoned, although some of its dependencies have been reused as Diocesan Museum of Fine Arts (which is being renovated), as the seat of the Bishop of Córdoba moved to nearby Seminary of St. Pelagius to mid 80.

The plan of action with which you ran the archaeological excavation has been prepared by the Service Project Planning Department of the City of Córdoba and commitment to an expansion of steely, the construction of an underground art gallery that hosts all services involving wiring and burial of solid waste containers.

It has already been carried out on two other streets adjoining the Mosque-Cathedral: Magistral González Francés, east, and Corregidor Luis de la Cerda, al sur, where archaeological remains were also; takes place today on the street Cardenal Herrero, in the northern part, and is pending in the street Torrijos. In this particular case, the project relocates some orange places to create a space relationship between the Congress Hall (beside which have now located the remains of the palace or the Sabbath Caliphate) and the Tourist Information Office of the Andalusian, in the same residence, and also improve the visibility of the facades of the Episcopal Palace and the Hospital of San Sebastian, which is the building that houses the conference center and the offices of the regional government information.

The municipal recycling project applies the material that makes up the cobbled streets, since these elements are raised, discussed in a workshop and placed back, so that respect for the traditional image is guaranteed.

The Caliphate of Cordoba Alcazar, from which the city was ruled, was built on an ancient Visigoth castle, and its enclosure included the Episcopal Palace grounds, Amador de los Rios street and part of the Seminary of St. Pelagius. The wall that enclosed the north bordering the ancient citadel Orphans Home and Hospital of San Jacinto. The remains of a tower can be seen in the current Congress Centre, built on the former Hospital of San Jacinto. The citadel lasted until the Christian conquest of the city, conducted by Ferdinand III.

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  1. Hello fellow, only comment that was recently published an article that contains all the archaeological excavation located in this area of ​​Córdoba. In case you want a more complete and detailed information (includes surveying, photographs, etc.),Reference is next:

    Muñoz León, A. Murillo and Redondo, J.F., “The complex civil late antiquity and continuity of Córdoba in the fortress Umayyad” Madrid Releases, 50, p: 399-432, 2009.

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