The scene of the meeting of Christophorus Columbus with the Catholic Kings in the garden of Alcazar of Cordoba.
Columbus had asked an audience from the monarchs Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile and presented presented his plans to Queen Isabella in Alcalá de Henares the 20th of January 1486 , who, in turn, referred it to a committee. After a lot of time, these savants of Spain met at the University of Salamanca reported back that Columbus had judged the distance to Asia too short. They though that his idea was wrong and advised their Royal Highnesses to pass on the proposed trip.
However, to keep Columbus from taking his ideas elsewhere, and perhaps to keep their options open, the King and Queen of Spain gave him an annual allowance of 12,000 maravedis and in 1489 furnished him with a letter ordering all Spanish cities and towns to provide him food and lodging at no cost.
In December 1491, Columbus was asked to come to the royal camp of Santa Fe (Granada). His proyect was submited to a new committee, thanks to the support of the Queen, but it was rejected again, perhaps because of the exigences of Columbus.
After two years of negotiations at the Spanish court, he finally had success in 1492. Ferdinand and Isabella had just conquered Granada, the last Muslim territory on the Iberian peninsula, and they received Columbus in Córdoba, in the Alcázar castle. Isabella turned Columbus down on the advice of her confessor, and he was leaving the town by mule when Ferdinand intervened. Isabella then sent a royal guard to bring him back and Ferdinand later claimed credit for being "the principal cause why those islands were discovered".
Columbus was to be made "Admiral of the Seas" and would receive a portion of all profits. The terms were unusually generous, but as his son later wrote, the monarchs did not really expect him to return.
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carlo62 (48325) 2014-06-15 15:18
infatti il gatto non è sul piedistallo....
Trovo la statua molto interessante, ma, se posso permettermi, sembra che tu abbia scattato la foto di fretta o disturbata, l'inquadratura non è delle migliori e c'è anche una pendenza verso destra.
Rimane in ogni caso una bella condivisione e anche un'ottima composizione.
Carlo (sotto la pioggia)
photoray (13981) 2014-06-15 17:17
Fine historical note to this weathering Columbus meeting tribute, and the rows of manicured cypresses add interest.
Would enjoy exploring the Alcazar Garden someday.
Thanks for sharing,
Sonata11 (33831) 2014-06-15 21:11
Witaj Malgorzato, wspaniala kompozycja. Bardzo mi sie podoba punkt widzenia jak i kolorystyka. Swietne wykonanie. Serdecznie pozdrawiam,
Nicou (142176) 2014-06-15 21:57
quel ensemble de trois staues merveilleux quelle iamge et la lignées des cyprès taillés au millimètre qui accompagnet parfaitement cet ensemble sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
timecapturer (49288) 2014-06-16 3:06
a well chosen POV that has us being enticed in both directions but in a nice way. Love the symmetry here and how it makes the central statues all the more powerful and compelling. Love the cat too!
Have a good week - B.
Noel_Byrne (31132) 2014-06-16 11:55
Exactly the subject I thought when I read your previous uplod of this place, and a fine statue to commemorate what must be one of the most important meetings in the western world. I love how you have framed this image, the trees on each side could easily represent the centuries passing as the importance of this meeting still echoes through time. Brilliant
All the best
jemaflor (97305) 2014-06-17 23:06
Excellent frame with these statues and the lines with green trees, the light and colors lso are very pleasant, well managed.
jmdias (64470) 2014-07-02 18:03
interesting this monument, despite something dirty. I liked this angle using the cypress and even the presence of the cat.