Monuments

The tourism office of Palma del Río offers a guided tour throughout its historic centre where the visitors can enjoy some of the most relevant monuments in Palma del Río. Use this link for more information.
We could also provide you official guides to enjoy your visit. You can find all this information in this link or if you want, you can download a printable version with the timetables and our phone number in this link.

Recinto Amurallado - Turismo Palma del Río - Córdoba

Wall enclosure

Wall enclosure

Palma del Río city wall was declared Property of Urban Interest. It is the perfect place to connect with the history of this town. The Walls were formerly an Alcazaba or castle which occupied the north angle of the fortification next to the Genil River.

The Almohades reinforced the castles providing more military defenses with new Walls and better towers. The Almohade Wall has expansive facades reinforced by a great number of fortified towers which are now preserved.

Free entry.
Schedule: Sunday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Feast days from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Alcazaba - Turismo Palma del Río - Córdoba

Alcazaba

Alcazaba

It is a military fortress composed of four turrets each enhanced by the facades and a large turret (five turrets) identified as Machiolation Tower which is known as Mesa San Pedro. The main entrance to the castle is located near “La Puerta Norte de la Muralla de la Villa” which houses the chapel of the Angustias. The west part of the castle borders, directly with the Genil River which was sometimes used as a moat. Additionally it provided access to the river that was eventually used as a pier. The site could have also powered the waterwheels for the mills.

Currently in the Alcazaba location you can see the remains of the turrets and some walls but also a wonderful garden with archaeological remains. It is located in a beautiful place with a great variety of citrus trees made to represent the History of the orange in Palma del Río.

Free entry.
Schedule: Sunday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Feast days from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Capilla de las Angustias - Turismo Palma del Río - Córdoba

The chapel of las Angustias

The chapel of las Angustias

It is a XVIII century small chapel located in the inside of a medieval defense tower. It has the shape of an octagon and it was used as the entrance of the enclosure wall. This tower keeps the places of defense in the entrance. The decoration is typically baroque inside with plaster mouldings. The vault has a torch to light the place.

You may notice the original small altarpiece with the painting of Descendimiento de Cristo. Visit this chapel to enjoy its wonderful sights above the Alcazaba.

Free entry.

Puerta del Sol - Turismo Palma del Río - Córdoba

Puerta del Sol

Puerta del Sol

It is the East entrance of the wall enclosure to go to Plaza Mayor of Andalusia. According to History, at the beginning of the XVI century, an arch known as la Puerta del sol was opened and the top floor was used as a room in Portocarrero’s Palace, remarking its Renaissance balcony which overlooks Plaza Mayor. We have recently recovered its horseshoe arches.

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción - Turismo Palma del Río - Córdoba

Nuestra Señora de la Asunción Church

Nuestra Señora de la Asunción Church

The XVIIIth century baroque building, now the current temple, was formerly the palace of Santa Maria Church since the Reconquista. The church was designed in the shape of a Latin cross with lateral chapels, communicated throughout arched galleries along the main nave which has a high choir and two lateral wings where we can see beautiful gardens.

Within the facades the visitors will be able to enjoy a big tower with a shaft, a bell body and a capital. The tower is made with bricks in different colours and glazed ceramic therefore, we would like to emphasize the importance and beauty of its wonderful baroque altarpieces from different churches and baroque masterpieces from the cordobesian art school.

Free entry.
Schedules: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturdays: 7:30 p.m. Sundays: 12 p.m.

Convento de Santa Clara - Turismo Palma del Río - Córdoba

Santa Clara Convent

Santa Clara Convent

Pope Alexander VI signed the bull for the foundation of the convent on March 13, 1498 and its founding was attributed to Juan Monosalvas. According to legend, it is said that Juan Monosalvas built the convent because he regretted killing his wife due to jealousy. For this reason, he offered his house to the religious order of the nuns of St. Claire. The convent is located inside the wall enclosure and is divided into various building joined by gardens.

The convent was built throughout several centuries which offer visitors the chance to enjoy the characteristics of different artistic movements: Mudejar, Renaissance and Baroque. The Portico yard of the cloister, with its rectangular floor, is the most valuable architectural element of the building. Visitors will be able to enjoy a quiet place with its wells and fountains, gardens and reflective pools and in spring, the smell of orange trees.

Free entry.

Puente de hierro río Guadalquivir - Turismo Palma del Río - Córdoba

Iron Bridge upon the Guadalquivir River

Iron Bridge upon the Guadalquivir River

It is one of the main examples of cast-ion architecture in Andalusia. This iron bridge came directly from Paris, it was designed in Cail’s workplace, by the person who took part in the Eiffel Tower. This bridge has been used to connect the town with the railway station and Belen Hermitage since 1885. It is a clear representation of cast iron architecture which was characterized by its restrained representations and its strength. It was built as a consequence of the creation of the line which links Cordoba to Seville at the end of the 19th century. It was ser above a modern bridge which was destroyed by a flood. This wooden bridge was designed by the two Darget brothers. It was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest for its historical and cultural value.

Plaza Mayor de Andalucía - Turismo Palma del Río - Córdoba

Plaza Mayor of Andalusia

Plaza Mayor of Andalusia

The Plaza Mayor of Andalusia was built in the XIVth century on the site of the former Plaza of Arrabal and was completed in the XVIth century with the construction of Portocarrero Palace.The square drawing was designed with the wall, the palace, La Casa Alhondiga, The Courts, Las Tercias, The Prison and El Cabildo. Therefore a lot of shops and mesons were located.

In these public buildings, the balconies were rented for the festivals and religious acts. One of the most remarkable festivals was the bullfights.

Nowadays, the square is home to the town hall of Palma del Río. The decoration that we can see today on the walls was not always the same in the past due to its numerous reforms and restorations. Currently, it has been returned to its Renaissance style and it is considered one of the lively places in Palma. The confluence of neighbours and tourists gives this area a young and fun atmosphere, especially in the weekends. You will be able to have a good time surrounded by trees, plants, fountains and benches to rest for a while.

Casa Alhóndiga - Turismo Palma del Río - Córdoba

Casa Alhóndiga

Casa Alhóndiga

It is located in the Plaza Mayor of Andalusia. It is a wonderful building which formerly was known as Casa Alhondiga. Over several centuries it was composed of arcades with shops on the ground floor, but also one of the entrances to The Plaza of Cabildo. After it was reformed three floors with its different galleries, double archade and columns were discovered.
It is together the Almohade wall and the Puerta del sol. The high balconies were connected with one of the main estate room of Portocarrero’s Palace. Due to its wonderful location, it is considered the entrance of the city centre, declared an Asset of Cultural Interest for its historical and cultural value.

Currently, Casa Alhondiga houses the Municipal tourism office.

Caballerizas - Turismo Palma del Río - Córdoba

Caballerizas (old stables)

Caballerizas (old stables)

The Caballerizas of Portocarrero´s Palace were placed in a sober and harmonious building with small windows in which we can see its thick walls and its dark wooden beams. It was built around the beginning of the XVIth century and it was also used as “Casa de la Tercia”, which was formerly a gram and seed warehouse where people can pay taxes in the Modern Era.

It is next to Portocarrero’s Palace and Puerta del Sol, both inside the Wall enclosure. Its structure is divided into three long naves. The ground floor was used to protect the animals. We also have the place where the animals were which is a clear example of its function. Currently, the building is home to the Municipal Museum of Palma del Río.

Palacio Portocarrero - Turismo Palma del Río - Córdoba

Portocarrero Palace

Portocarrero Palace

The origin of the Counts of Palma’s Palace is given for two reasons. On the one hand, it was built in the XVth century with the end of hostilities and they did not need a defensive castle. On the other hand, there was an increased tendency to a cultural refinement which encouraged beautiful and useful houses like the Italian palaces. Eventually, the last Lord and the first Count moved their residence from the castle in the North to a new palace in the East.

The entrance of this Palace was through an elegant Plateresque door with balconies leading into Plaza Mayor of Andalusia. A wonderful balcony decorated with a chiselled iron balustrade, supported by corintias columns upon decorative joints. We also see the representative cold weapons of Portocarrero and Braganza. Therefore we can admire the Mudejar courtyard, heir to its Renaissance influence, with arches and marble columns creating an armonious sight reinforced by long spaces where the loggia, the galleries, the gardens and the reflective pools are connected.

Tlf: 670 882 008
More information in www.palacioportocarrero.com

Convento de Santo Domingo - Turismo Palma del Río - Córdoba

Santo Domingo Convent

Santo Domingo Convent

The former Santo Domingo Convent is located at the corner of Feria and Santo Domingo Street. It was founded by a Dominican order in 1440. Eventually, it was occupied by two other foundations and it was not until 1501 when the Pope Alexander consolidated the Dominican order in Palma del Rio. It did not occur not until his departure due to the Ecclesiastical Confiscation in the 19th century.

Currently this former convent is a school run by the Franciscan nuns. The church dates from the XVIth century. It has a classical wall with rounded arches between columns. The bell gable is inclined because of the effects of an earthquake in Lisboa. The most important part of the church is the Chapel of Virgen del Rosario which is from the XVIIIth century. The nave, with baroque origins, has a rococo style.

Free entry.

Hospital de San Sebastián - Turismo Palma del Río - Córdoba

Hospital of San Sebastian

Hospital of San Sebastian

Hospital of San Sebastian begins its work at the beginning of XVth century under Pope JulioII’s bull, given in Rome 5th September of 1508. Las Hermanas del Sagrado Corazón have been the responsible of Hospital of San Sebastian since 1942.

The hospital is a complex construction which can be seen as the result of different architectural styles. The church is one of the typical Mudejar churches with a single nave in two sections by a triumphant rounded arch. Therefore, the visitors can be captivated by its beautiful garden, a small courtyard clustered around the main public rooms. Currently, this hospital in which its white marble columns and its high galleries are kept, is used as a peaceful elderly persons residence where the oldest spend their days in good conversation and listen to the relaxing sound of its fountain.

Free entry.

Iglesia de San Francisco - Turismo Palma del Río - Córdoba

San Francisco Church

San Francisco Church

This amazing building was built after the creation of a nursing to care for the Friars of San Luis del Monte and Santa Maria de los Angeles, in Hornachuelos. The last one was placed next to a hermitage named Hermitage of Nuestra señora de Belén. The foundation of the convent of Franciscan Friars was constructed a few years later with the bull of Pope Leon X in 1518. Eventually in the XVIIth century the convent was expandied and some changes were made to the interior of the Convent, mainly around two archade courtyards to give the current aspect of San Francisco’s church. The visitors can observe different volumes from the outside one to its numerous chapels located inside the north wall and to keep the Chapel of the Animas with a gothic style.

After Mendizabal ecclesiastical confiscations, at the beginning of XIXth century, the property was divided into two different parts on the one hand, the temple was a possession of the church while the convent was destined to the Bourgeoisie and land owning families.

The temple was severely damaged by the Civil War. After the chapel fell into disuse and eventually it had to be completely restored at the beginning of 1950. The Chapel has been used as a Parish since 1954 and the farmer convent is currently a wonderful hotel.

Free entry.
Schedules: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 5.30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays during the Mass celebration.

More information in
www.parroquiadesanfranciscopalmadelrio.es
www.monasteriodesanfrancisco.es

Ermita de Belén - Turismo Palma del Río - Córdoba

Hermitage of Belen

Hermitage of Belen

Hermitage of Belen preserves the image of the Virgin of Belen. She has been the Patron Saint of Palma del Rio since 1806. It is a beautiful sanctuary that suffered two important reformations. The first, in 1857 with the railway construction and the second one in 1954.The sanctuary is composed of the Hermitage, the place of the Pilgrimage, the Santero´s house, the Mirador, the Image of the Virgin and the ursurpassed natural surroundings including the former fountain of Belen.

The visitor should not miss the fountain of Belen that is made of rounded bricks and stone. Finally, we would like to emphasize its wonderful view from its Mirador. It is a unforgettable landscape in which you could enjoy the Valley of Guadalquivir and Palma del Rio with its amazing orange trees, white houses and beautiful bridges above the Guadalquivir and Genil rivers.

Free entry.
Schedules: We are open in winter from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7p.m. We are open in summer from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Ermita del Buen Suceso - Turismo Palma del Río - Córdoba

Hermitage of Buen Suceso

Hermitage of Buen Suceso

At the beginning of 18th century, in 1723 as it is indicated in the Latin lettering written on the vault, it was built the hermitage of Nuestra señora del Buen Suceso. Maybe this Hermitage was built to commemorate an extraordinary naval event, a boat which was saved from a storm. The church is not located in the city centre, it is attached to other buildings. It is not too much visible. It was destroyed during the Civil War, the it was dosed for several decades. Eventually it was an Academy and currently it houses the Brotherhood of El Santo Entierro that during Christmas, offers a beautiful Bethlehem.

Free entry.