Santiponce Itálica


An immense legacy waiting to be discovered

Hacienda de Córdoba, present-day Casa de las Luces


Hacienda de Córdoba, also known as Hacienda de Ruiz Cabal, is located on Iglesia Street, adjacent to the church and close to the Arab baths. The latter indicates that the former estate was built on the site of an old Moorish farmstead. The former kitchen garden and a large outbuilding, possibly used for agricultural and livestock purposes, have been preserved. 

In 1963, the estate covered a surface area of 3,108 square metres, 723 of which, including the main residence, were segregated and sold to the Palomares del Río Town Council for its use as the Guardia Civil’s Barracks-House in the town. The one-storey residence had seven dwellings, two courtyards, a dismounting yard and an armoury. When the Guardia Civil vacated the building, it was demolished. The Casa de las Luces, which houses the public library, occupies its place. 

The former estate’s oil mill is separated from the rest of the buildings by a street. The mill building and counterweight tower have been restored. The tower has a hipped roof crowned by a pinnacle. The owner has given her home and workplace an innovative and fascinating style.


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