FESTIVAL DE LOS PATIOS FROM CORDOBA, INTANGIBLE WORLD HERITAGE
Actualizado: 17 sept 2019
The history of “Patios de Cordoba” is as ancient as its streets. The Romans were the first to build houses around a patio where usually was the Impluvium (to carry away the rainwater), later the Muslims followed the same pattern of housing and added to the courtyards fountains or wells and many plants and vegetation to give a sense of freshness and beauty to the same time.
Currently, the traditional patio houses were communal, family or multi-family dwellings or sets of individual houses with a shared patio, located in the city’s historical quarter. The most characteristic patios are located in the old Alcazar quarter next to the church of San Basilio and in Santa Marina quarter. During the festival inhabitants freely welcome all visitors to admire their beauty and the skill involved in their creation. The patios also host traditional singing, flamenco guitar playing and dancing.
Each patio is an original and unique structure dominated by white walls decorated with typical plants and flowers such as: geraniums, alhelies, carnations, roses, jasmine, and honeysuckle, that captivate to the visitors.
As a reminder of this beautiful tradition, there is evidence that in 1921 a contest of courtyards was held during the month of May. The “Festival de los Patios” became one of the most important events of the year in the city. So, in 1980 it was declared Festival of National Tourist Interest and 2012 was declared Intangible World Heritage by UNESCO.
As an imagen is worth more than a thousand words,in this link you can enjoy the beauty and color of the Patios of Cordoba.