LEATHER AND WHIPS
|Cordoba is famous for its leatherwork|
As well as the typical collections of archaeology, fine art and bullfighting paraphernalia, Cordoba also has some more unusual museums: leather art, patios and torture. The city is famous for its leatherwork, and its most historic technique, guadameci, is an intricate embossed design with gold, silver and coloured paint, unique to Cordoba, which dates back to the 10th century. Visit the Casa Museo Arte Sobre Piel to see the life's work of the craftsman who revived guadameci. A more gruesome experience can be provided at the Galeria de la Tortura, appropriately located in the Jewish quarter, full of torture instruments (as seen on TV's Aguila Roja) which offer an insight into the 700-year Inquisition´s delightful methods of extracting forced confessions.
- Fact 1 - None of the (pilfered) pillars used to build Mezquita were the same height, which presented a technical challenge to its architects.
- Fact 2 - Torture and leather- not a kinky movie, but a taste of a couple of less well-known Cordoba museums
- Fact 3 - Sentimental and chocolate-boxy or lyrical and sensuous? Cordoba's most famous artist still provokes debate
- Fact 4 - Poets, philosophers and men of great learning - Cordoba produced some of history's greatest scholars
- Fact 5 - A historic square with a new flamenco centre in a medieval inn