|WORKED ON FROM 15TH-18TH CENTURY
|SITUATION: CARRETERA DE PALMA DEL RÍO
On the hills above the amazing Medina Azahara, nestling in the mountains of Cordoba and surrounded by native Mediterranean vegetation, stands this impressive 15th century monastery. It was originally Gothic in style, although different reforms in Renaissance and Baroque style have added a wealth of interesting details to the building. The owners, the Marquises of El Mérito, have done a great job over several generations in restoring the building.
The grand facade, with its balconies and windows, is an impressive sight and in the middle of the entrance there is a white marble medallion with a relief of St. Jerome. Within, the main courtyard is a cloister with Doric columns and Gothic vaults, with several chapels leading off it.