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    The Palace of Villalones, also known as the Palce of Orive, in Córdoba, is haunted. By a ghost about which you may or may not want to hear.  In the XVII century, the daughter of a local official, named Blanca, found a hidden door in the huge palace where she was living. She was a very curious girl so she decided to investigate what might be beyond that door. But suddenly, and most unfortunately for her, as she passed through, the door closed shut behind her and try as she might, she couldn’t open it. Ever again. And so, there she stayed trapped and helpless, for the rest of her life. Her frantic father did everything he could to find her, but all his efforts were in vain. Day after day, month after month, his daughter  remained missing. Today, hundreds of years later, neighbours still affirm that just ocassionally, an extremely pale, lost and sad-looking young lady appears wandering aimlessly through the building. Although some people are too afraid to visit, it is one of the most beautiful examples of Renaissance civil architecture in Córdoba. No wonder Blanca had been curious to find out what was behind that door! The doorways with their decorated arches are in fact among most interesting aspects of the palace as are the different floors, no two of which are alike; they are all quite distinct, each with their own particular style. The upper floor, for example, is truly majestic and full of light, overlooking as it does the gorgeous garden below. In contrast, the lower floor is almost uninhabitable thanks to the persistent gloom and its almost unbearable humidity. Currently, this place, so full of history, is the headquarters of the Cultural Delegation of the Córdoba City Council. Would you dare visit?

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  • Interview in Paradigma Radio

    In this link you can listen to the Radio Paradigma program, in which a member of Acisgru and a student, Rocío Prats, comment on the exhibition, concert and colloquium held at the IES Medina Azahara.

    Décimo programa de “En Clave de Amnistía”, con María Jesús Monedero, en Paradigma Radio. – PARADIGMA MEDIA | La información desde la ciudadanía

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  • Exhibition and concert of the Romanian gypsy community
    The cooperation and solidarity workshop of our project has organized an exhibition, concert and colloquium on the subject of immigration. The majority of the neighbors of the Cordovan courtyards at the beginning of the 20th century were immigrants from the countryside. They knew the deprivations of poverty, but also mutual help and solidarity.
    Currently, the Romanian gypsy community is going through similar living conditions in our city. Besides, they must face another difficulty: the misunderstanding and prejudice of a large part of our society.
    That is why we have asked to the association Acisgru, which works to defend their rights, to allow us to install a photographic exhibition in the hall of our institute.
    Many groups of students have visited the exhibition, accompanied by their teachers and guided by a member of the NGO.
    In addition, we have organized a concert of Romanian music, which has been a great success.
    Afterwards, a colloquium has been opened in which immigrants have explained their living conditions, their history and their aspirations, and the students have asked freely.
    Everyone has eventually been very happy with this experience of knowledge and coexistence.
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  • The House of the Bells

    The courtyard of Calle Siete Revueltas, 1 is, as in many other cases, an old house of neighbors. Its construction was probably done in the fifteenth century, being a Mudejar palace that housed a bell foundry, hence the name that has come to this day. The building came from the patronage of the Páez de Castillejo and it is documented that it was inhabited by Africans. It was the home of Pedro de Montemayor. In 1860 the Duke of Alba, Jacobo Fitz James Stuart, sells the house to Rafael Gómez Jurado and later, in 1868, the building is bought by the architect Amadeo Rodríguez with the aim of installing a flour mill. Finally, in 1980 the brotherhood “Amigos de los Patios Cordobeses” acquired the building with the firm objective of preventing these singular buildings from disappearing. Its ownership is currently maintained, carrying out small works in it. It combines its use as collective housing with the programming of cultural activities.

    The House of Las Campanas has two courtyards that communicate by a cover of angrelated arch, the only thing that remains of the Mudejar palace. The first patio has large dimensions that allow the celebration of events and has plenty vegetation. It is remarkable the use of cypresses. The second patio is accessed by a large wooden door preceded by a half-point portico decorated with lobed arches and plasterwork. That’s why we could say that it looks more like the concept of a typical Cordovan patio, with blue-painted windows and pots too, which house plants such as geraniums, gypsies, begonias …

    It is one of the few examples of Mudejar house, of Granada style, which are preserved in Córdoba. It is listed as a Site of Cultural Interest since 2001.

    Author: Elena Chacon

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  • Courtyard of the Gate

    In the Viana Palace, after the sober white walls, barely dotted with open spaces that let us guess the interior, we find the delight of the courtyards, those spaces where the architecture is put to the service of the garden and a tribute is paid to the plants, the flowers, the water and the light. In the courtyards of the Viana palace, art materializes in the simple experience of smelling, seeing and feeling the living.
    In the Viana palace we can we can enjoy twelve courtyards and a garden among other things such as the Chapel courtyard, the Cancela courtyard, the Patio del Pozo, the Patio de los Gatos, the Patio de la Madama
    In the five centuries of history of the palace of Viana the courtyards have always been the protagonists of this building that has been growing through time. A house inhabited until the end of the 20th century by noble families, and yet filled of a great popular flavor. The Cordovan Patio, heir to the Roman and Arab tradition, has in Viana its widest historical representation

    Alicia Méndez

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  • Patio in Pastora Street

    This patio is located in the popular neighborhood of San Lorenzo, on Pastora Street, 2.
    It was a house of neighbors where ten families came to live. In 1979 the idea of the owner was to set up a nut shop and subsequently live there. However, all changed in 2000 because he decided to renew it completely.
    The entrance of the patio is composed of a semicircular arch supported by columns of smooth shaft with black capitals, all of Cordovan origin. The “enchinado cordobés” is one of the three types of soil in this patio. In addition, there is an Arab well and an eleventh-century drill.
    In the center of the patio there is a laurel, an orange tree and an olive tree, which represent the Roman, Arab and Jewish culture.
    Pastora Street, 2
    Elena Luna Castilla 1st. Bach. A

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  • New session of the Cooperation workshop

    In the last session of our Cooperation and Solidarity workshop, our monitor Carlos Anaya was accompanied by Juan Antonio, another member of the PAX association, who shared with us the memories of his family living in one of the most beautiful courtyards of Córdoba, in the neighborhood of San Agustín.
    Carlos has recently been in Venice, in a meeting on heritage conservation organized by the Council of Europe, where he mentioned his collaboration with our project.

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  • Workshop of Cooperation and Solidarity

    On Monday, November 25 we began with the first session of our Cooperation and Solidarity Workshop. Our monitor is Carlos Anaya, architect, anthropologist and promoter of the project called “Patios de la Axerquía” (PAX). This project aims to recover life in the courtyards of Córdoba, as it was originally: a lifestyle based on the cooperative and solidarity economy. We have been really fortunate to get the interest of this association and we are very grateful to Carlos for his generous collaboration.

    Each student will investigate about a particular courtyard, trying to gather all possible information. The final goal is the reflection on the possibility of a different lifestyle, based less on individualism and more on mutual help and solidarity.

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  • On-line games

    Last week the on-line games workshop began, under the coordination of Mrs. Rocío Rodríguez, our computer science teacher.

    Our idea is to make a game about our city using the Kahoot application. Each city participating in our project will do the same, so that, during the meetings, it will be possible to play a part of the game.

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  • A new dance

    Last Friday, the second session of the workshop of popular dances took place in the Music Classroom of our school. It was a pleasant surprise to see how easily most students remembered everything they learned in the first session. This time they began to study the steps of a new, more complicated dance: a fandango from Puente Genil, popularly known as “Dance of the Drone”.

    Three of the German students who are spending a week with us attended this session and really enjoyed the dance. We were also accompanied by our former student and excellent guitarist, Gonzalo Zarco, who showed his interest in our project and his willingness to collaborate on it.

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