This specific palace was a Medieval palace. It was built by Alfonso XI of Castile, beginning in 1328, during Visigoth times, along the Roman wall.. It's probably most famous because it was one of the primary residences of Isabella and Ferdinand. They donated the palace to the Inquisition in 1482. It was central in the discovery of "false converts" throughout the Inquisition and was one of the first permanent tribunals of the Inquisition. The baths and other parts were converted into torture chambers and interrogation chambers.
More and more I'm realizing how limited our learning of Isabella and Ferdinand was growing up. I mean, yes, they funded Colombus' travels to the Americas, but they were also responsible for the murder and exile of an alarming number of people.
It also housed Napoleon's troops in 1810. It became a prison later, until it finally became a historical monument in the 1900s.
Rick Steves described it was "overrated." I would describe it as "beautiful" and "interesting" and "wonderful."
A Roman sarcophagus
Ok, that's harsh. But you judged the palace harshly, I shall judge you in return.
And that is the final blog about Cordoba. Now on to my 4th city of the trip, Seville!