Located in front of the AVE train station and just five minute's walk from the bus station, this refurbished avant-garde hotel merges past and future. Visitors can experience the cultural heritage of Cordoba, once the largest city of Roman Spain, which later formed the heart of the western Islamic empire. Originally the Mezquita was a Friday Mosque spanning over 23,000 sq metres in total. In the 16th Century, a cathedral was built within the centre. Thus, the forests of Islamic arches and pillars provide an unusual but magnificent setting for the Christian structure and well worth a visit. Art museums abound and of special note is the Palacio de Viana, a former residence of the Marquise featuring exquisite furniture, tapestries, porcelain, tiles, paintings, leatherwork, muskets, a 7,000 volume library and extensive gardens spread out over 14 patios.