Tower of the Lions
The inside of the Tower of the Lions is not very large. In each of its corners there is a small column over a base displayed along the wall and dividing it in thirds, with two groups of three columns arranged in a triangle, where the diameter of the central one is twice as long as the rest. This elegant order holds a ribbed vault, whose longitudinal arches make its octagonal base, while the remaining arches are covered by three ribs.
The shapes used in the Tower of the Lions seem to come from Plantagenét Gothic, from Western France, which can also be found, for example, in the choir of Saint Serge de Angers, or in the sacristy of Sainte Radegonde in Poitiers. However, the characteristics of this singular style have been transmitted in the peninsula with some variations, such as the choir of the Monastery of Huelgas in Burgos, or the annexed building in the Old Cathedral of Salamanca.
In the Tower of the Lions we must highlight the elegance of those small capitals of the longitudinal arches, as well as their thin columns, which emphasize the verticality of the complex. In spite of the erosion caused by the passing of the years, the main keystone preserves its initial beauty due to its abundant foliage, as well as the smaller keystones of the triangular vaults.
The light comes to the hall through different lightning points, such as the loopholes, located in the intercolumns. Further up, in the vault, there is a second model of windows (one on each side), without any moulding or decoration whatsoever.
The last floor of the Tower of the Lions can be accessed through a spiral staircase, located in a small tower attached to the one mentioned. The sight is stunning; almost the whole of the current city can be seen.
If you are wondering what to visit in Córdoba, a good option would be the Alcázar of the Christian Monarchs and its Tower of the Lions, choosing one of our guided tours. Choosing to do high quality sightseeing is choosing ArtenCórdoba.