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Cordoba City - Fascinating Fact 5

Music and dance form Andalucia © Michelle Chaplow
Music and dance form Andalucia.

DO YOU REMEMBER AN INN?

Sometimes historic cities have places filled with local lore, steeped in tradition and history. Plaza de Potro is one such place - the "potro" is a colt on a fountain in the square, which hosted animal markets in medieval times. It has a former inn, the 15th-century Posada del Potro, which is mentioned in Don Quixote as a "den of thieves", and where Cervantes most probably stayed when he visited the city (he lived here as a child). The inn has just reopened (April 2010) after four years of renovation work, as the Centro de Flamenco Fosforito, with exhibitions and activities themed around the popular Andalucian music and dance form.

 

  • 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
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