Cordoba – Torre de la Calahorra – Model of the Alhambra

Looking way into the past for this post (back to 2005 – almost ten years). Cordoba – Ancient Roman outpost, capital of the Islamic Caliphate,  Ornament of the World. Cordoba has been called by many names. Every ancient culture has left her stamp of occupation on this historic city. Romans, Visigoths, Arab and North African, Catholic… all of these still breathe in her walls. Proud of their heritage, whether a mix of all who have passed through, or identifying strongly with any one sub-group, Cordebese take pride in their golden past. A visit to the museum located inside the Torre de la Calahorra, or The Tower of the Calahorra will reward the visitor with a deeper understanding of why Cordoba was called “The Ornament of the World” by the 10th century German poet Hrotsvitha. On display in the museum is a scale model of the Alhambra of Granada. Why the museum chose a monument associated with another famous Andalusian city is a mystery to me, but it is a beautiful model. I don’t know who made it, but maybe one of my Spanish Architectural and Museum modeller friends can enlighten me… CORDOBA MODEL 7 CORDOBA MODEL 4 CORDOBA MODEL 3 CORDOBA MODEL 5 CORDOBA MODEL 6 CORDOBA MODEL 2 CORDOBA MODEL 1 The camera I used was an old 4 megapixel pocket point and shoot, and I wasn’t very good at taking pictures back then, so I apologize for the poor image quality, but I really wanted to share these images.



  1. Hi,
    Could you possibly share some information with me regarding where this model is? I work for a company required to source a model of the Generalife Gardens, Granada and would like to offer the opportunity to this model maker.
    Many thanks!

    1. Hi Bret,
      The model is located in the city of Cordoba, Spain, inside the Torre de la Calahora at the end of the bridge across the Guadalquivir river. I don’t know who the modeller was, but I will be in Cordoba in January and can see if I can find out who did the work. If your schedule won’t permit that, I do know several very talented professional model makers both in Spain and the US who could help you.

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