The best time to visit Cordoba is in May, during the Patios Festival. Then the people open their usually closed patios for public. I visited about 30 [patios. On Friday evening, it was OK, but on Saturday morning there were many tourist ( and no wonder) and sometimes the whole narrow street was packed with people waiting to be admitted.
The patios are marvelous, so full of flowers hanging in all possible placfes. My main question: how they water them all?? They hang high and the walls are white, so it is necessary to do it manually. Amazing. Sometimes it was possible to make a glimpse in the room also. It is probably a studio of a painter. You can see many pictures of patios there. So the title - many in one :).
A bit long text about patios cordobes: Every spring Córdoba bursts into bloom with special festivities for the month of May. Starting off with a parade known as the “Battle of the Flowers”, the city officially launches into its spring celebrations with the May Crosses festival usually taking place during the first week of the month, followed by the Patio Contests that can easily continue well past the middle of the month – which just gives residents time to get ready for the annual fair at the end of May!
The Patio contests is sponsored by the Córdoba City Hall and began in 1918. But to really understand why a contest of this type was created in Córdoba you must know something about the local architecture.
Floral patios of Cordoba.
Due to a hot, dry climate homes in Córdoba were built with a central patio even back in the days of the Romans. This tradition was continued by the Moors and persists in many homes even today. Filling the central patio with plants and water features has always been a way to keep local homes cool. But, thanks to human creativity and ingenuity, patio decoration ended up taking on a life all its own and at some point, someone realised that these hidden treasures were just too good to be kept tucked away behind heavy doors and iron grates. So, once a year, the doors open and everyone is invited in to see the wonders of Córdoba’s patios.
These patios not only offer a visual feast of colourful flowers, stone mosaics and ceramic decorations, but also bring out the classic scents of Córdoba: jasmine and orange blossom mixed with a myriad of scents from the many other flowers and plants that bring the city – and this festival – alive.
A vast range of patios await your viewing in Córdoba every year, with not only private, single-family homes opening their doors to show you the lovely courtyards around which their old-style homes centre. There are also larger, low-built, apartment-style buildings that have amazing courtyards where often many gardeners will work together all year to cultivate the special gems that are their shared meeting areas.
However, the patio displays go even beyond the wide array offered by the private sector to include numerous “monument” patios. For example, the Viana Palace, a 14th century edifice, is actually known as the Patio Museum and offers around 12 different patios to its visitors. It has also been classified as an official “Historic Garden” and is high on the list of recommendations for those wishing to see the best of Córdoba.[http://www.andalucia.com/cities/cordoba/patios.htm]
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Two views of patio in Workshops.
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papagolf21 (83472) 2014-06-22 2:20
Riche idée proposée à travers cette composition. L'on prend plaisir à découvrir les différents tableaux exposés.
La version large est très appréciée.
snunney (79973) 2014-06-22 2:20
A fascinating glimpse into this beautifully furnished room. I like the point of view with so many delightful objects on display; also the light and shadow contrasts, which are very well managed. Excellent realisation.
SnapRJW (29358) 2014-06-22 4:17
Hello Malgo - From your WS posts I can see why you recommend a visit to Cordoba in May. The patio gardens are wonderful!
Your main post is fascinating as here we see many small painting depicting the gardens you talk about. A shot to savour and examine as there are so many wonderful details to enjoy. A very lovely and well managed image.
Sergiom (55325) 2014-06-22 5:48
J'ai eu le plaisir d'en voir quelques uns et je dois avouer que j'aimerais bien en avoir un chez moi. Par contre, il serait fermé six mois par année à cause de la température, mais j'aime beaucoup l'idée même du patio. Toutes ces peintures sont remarquables.
photoray (10505) 2014-06-22 7:18
Both an inviting view of the artist's patio inside paintings, which look very attractive, and your excellent tourist information on Cordoba's Patios Festival. Certainly a stimulate to visit in person.
Thanks for sharing,
Didi (55145) 2014-06-22 9:02
In spite of hard condition of lights
It's an interesting view
I think elephants and fat tourists are not allowed ton enter this room :)
dale54 (6407) 2014-06-22 9:17
malgorzata hello..superb note for your pic..wonderful work's of art to splash color through out your pic..love it! dale
Glint (6163) 2014-06-22 10:42
you must have been reading my thoughts as I have recently visited Seville but want to go again and then visit Cordoba and also Granada. Now I know what time of year to plan a trip.
This is a room that I would like to step into, your photo gives a tantalising glimpse of the jewels that are the patios and much more of interest too.
carlo62 (28397) 2014-06-22 14:50
leggendo il titolo pensavo che si trattasse proprio di questa foto, ovvero, come tante pitture potevano stare in un solo luogo, ma tu, come dici nella nota, hai allargato il concetto ai patii.
Si, penso anch'io che in questo luogo ci sia un pittore e la tua foto rivela molti dei lavori da lui fatti. Molto bella e di ottima qualità, nonostante le difficoltà del caso.
tyro (18902) 2014-06-23 2:01
I love interior shots of interesting buildings. We don't see too many here but this is a stunning one!
A very interesting note you have given us and a wonderful photograph which you have caught with amazing light - very well done considering that the lack of good light must have been quite challenging.
A very well composed photograph with lovely tones and contrasts, beautiful colours and exquisite details and sharpness throughout.
mesutilgim (80586) 2014-06-23 23:21
Hello dear Malgo,
It looks much like my house ! Walls full of artworks !
Very nie interior capture with pergfect light management and quite interestin TE job with many interesting and usefull notes.
TFS and have a nice day
notrap (5588) 2014-06-25 0:48
intresting photo and very good note!I had to smile, when I read your thoughts about watering the flowers. Even in our rainy summers in northern Germany it is a challenge to keep the balcony blooming!
P.S. Did you get the last bundle of asparagus on the market? Here we call asparagus covered with chopped, hard boiled egg and roasted breadcrumbs "á la polonaise". How do you prefer it ?
Silvio1953 (116895) 2014-06-25 6:01
Ciao Malgorzata, lovely composition with fantastic paintings, beautiful clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
PS I'm waiting for you at Spoleto
jmdias (52918) 2014-07-05 2:05
very beautiful view of the room. I liked these details with so many paintings to enjoy and with good quality. I liked the light and quality of image here. TFS.
- Copyright: Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) (73797)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-16
- Categories: Daily Life, Festivals, Artwork, Event, Decisive Moment
- Exposure: f/4, 1/30 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-22 1:52