The Palacio de Viana is in Cordoba, Spain. It is also referred to as the museum of courtyards, because of the twelve beautiful courtyards here. The palace was constructed in the 15th century and is spread over an area of 6,500 square meters. More than half of this area is dedicated to the gardens and patios.
The palace expanded of a period of 500 years as well as the art collection increased to showcase the preferences of each generation. In 1980 the local provincial bank purchased the palace shortly prior to the death of Marquise of Viana.
It was then opened to the public as a cultural center as well as a museum.
The palace was the home of the Marquis of Villaseca, and later it was the residence of the Marquis of Viana. Over the centuries, it was occupied by 18 owners who built patios or courtyards that suited the architectural trends popular during their time.
One can walk through the palace or opt for a guided tour. The rooms inside are well appointed and filled with interesting objects including tapestries and muskets. As one walks through the library, the bedrooms, the reception and the service rooms one can imagine the life of the people who lived in this beautiful palace.