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Plaza del Potro

Contemplative and - at first view - maybe somewhat unimposing, Plaza del Potro is actually one of the most remarkable squares in town. Framed by traditional architecture, the square is found in the heart of the San Francisco-Ribera Quarter, not far from the banks of the Guadalquivir River.

In the middle of the square there is a 16th century Renaissance fountain with the sculpture of a rearing filly (potro, hence the name of the square) having the city arms between its forelegs.

Originally, the square was way larger than today and of a quadratic layout. When the ancient hospital (Hospital de la Caridad) was built in the early 15th century, a notable portion of the area went lost giving the square its actual dimension and appearance. Today the former hospital harbors the Museum Julio Romero de Torres and the Museum of Fine Arts, two of Cordoba’s mist notable exhibitions.

Anyway, Plaza del potro is famous for another building found here - the so-called Posada del Potro, a former inn being mentioned in Miguel de Cervantes’ “Don Quixote”. In this way, this site became noticed by an audience all over the world.

Although this place was one of the busiest sites in Cordoba in those days, it is actually a calm and less recognized area - obviously one more matter accounting for the charm of that site.

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