THURSDAY, June 3
Arrivals and check in the hotels from 02:30pm
Córdoba, Palacio de Viana
For FCS Board Members
04:30-08:00pm FCS Board meeting
For FCS Board members, FCS members and partners
08:00pm (optional) Visit of Palacio de Viana and cocktail dinner in the patios of Palacio de Viana
The YFCS will have a welcome cocktail at the rooftop of the Eurostars hotel.
A bit of history
The building dates from the 15th century and has seen transformations from a Medieval house to a Renaissance Palace. Home to various Spanish dignitaries including the Lords and then Marquises of Villaseca, the Counts of Villanueva and Cárdenas and then the Marquises of Viana, hence the name. In 1980 the palace, with its works of art, was sold to the Caja Provincial de Córdoba (Provincial Savings Bank of Córdoba – now known as Cajasur). It was opened to the public one year later and was declared a National Historical-Artistic Monument. The courtyards (or patios) are of particular historical interest which we visit in small groups.
FRIDAY, June 4
Córdoba, venue to be confirmed
For FCS members, YFCS
(*agendas under construction)
09:00am-11:00am 23rd Friends of the Countryside General Assembly*
11:30am-01:00pm Conference: "Biodiversity and the culture of water"*
01:00pm-01:30pm Anders Wall Award ceremony
10:00am Tourism Office for a presentation of Córdoba
10:30am Guided visits
Option 1: Patios de Córdoba, guided visit of El Alcázar
Option 2: Museo Romero de Torres, Patios de Córdoba
The tour will begin with a cultural conference at the tourist office. There will then be a choice of visits:
Patios: Córdoba is well known for its flower filled oases of patios located in the historical quarter. Every year in May there is a spectacular Patios Festival which was declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. On this visit, many private patios will be open for you to see.
El Alcázar: Known as both the Alcázar of Córdoba and the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, it was first a Muslim fortress inhabited by the emirs of various caliphates. In 1236, Christian forces took Córdoba during the Reconquista and it served as the official residence of Isabella I of Castille and Ferdinand II of Aragon. The Mudéjar style was still used when it was partly rebuilt after the Reconquista and valuable Roman mosaics are also visible.
Museum Romero de Torres: A Córdoban painter who became an icon of symbolism and regionalism in the 19th century. He is known as the painter of Andalusian women thanks to the sensuality of his work. Other themes include portraits, landscapes and flamenco. His descendants bequeathed the museum to the city which opened one year after his death in 1930. The museum was recently completely renovated.
02:00pm-04:00pm Lunch at Casa Palacio El Bandolero
Next door to the Congress Palace and opposite the Cathedral-Mosque lies the restaurant where a typical Spanish lunch will be served. Seating is either in the courtyard or inside in the air-conditioned rooms.
04:00pm-06:00pm (optional) Visit of the Mezquita-Cathedral of Córdoba
Departures at 04:00 pm from all the hotels in groups of 40 for guided visits of this unique Mosque-Cathedral.
This extraordinary and unique building that was once a practicing mosque and it now known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption stands on ground that was originally shared by both the Muslim and Christian communities. In the 8th century the Christian half was bought up and it became a mosque until the 13th century.
The building is most noted for its arcaded red and white arched hypostyle hall with 856 columns of semi-precious stone. Note that many of the columns are Roman from a temple that used to stand here. There are also spectacular arched doorways, mosaics and azulejos.
In 1236 King Ferdinand III of Castile conquered Córdoba and oversaw the construction of the church within the mosque. The minaret was converted into the bell tower. Changes occurred over time, but the Renaissance nave added by Charles V was said, even by him, to have ruined its uniqueness.
Since the early 2000’s Muslims have lobbied to allow themselves to pray in the building, sometimes violently such as happened in 2010. So far this request has been rejected.
Real Circulo de la Amistad de Córdoba
08:00pm Gala dinner and Wildlife Estates label ceremony
Departures at 07:00 pm from the hotels to the bus meeting point at “Caballerizas reales”.
The Circle of Friendship was founded in 1854 by over 130 members of Córdoba’s grandest families. It now has over 2500 members as well as a rich collection of Spanish paintings from artists including Julio Romero de Torres, an important library of 17,000 books and many rooms and salons to cater for private events. Our Gala Dinner shall take place in the magnificent Liceo room with its spectacular chandeliers that light up the paintings. During the dinner, the Wildlife Estates ceremony shall take place as well as a Spanish guitar concert. Today the president of the club is Pedro López Castillejo.