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“More than meets the eye☺”

Triunfo de San Rafael (Puerta del Puente)
Ranked #42 of 146 things to do in Cordoba
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 27 June 2017

Triunfo de San Rafael translated means Triumph of Saint Rafael. This typical Cordovan monument typology dates to the 1600s, and is Córdoba’s greatest expression of devotion to Archangel Raphael, the city’s “guardian angel.” The structure is a Counter Reformation of Baroque art, and the opening in the base was the only place for street lighting—which may be construed as “the guiding light.” The city’s devotion to San Rafael comes from a severe plague epidemic. The monument is a Plague Tower, such as those found in Prague, Budapest, and Vienna. Even knowing that (and knowing individuals did not save people from the plague), Triunfo de San Rafael is far more than a simple monument. It is also a plaza, a gathering place for locals, and “Puerta del Puente,” a city gate.

Consider this: Is a statue of George Washington in the States just a statue, or the figure of Winston Churchill in a British war memorial, only that of a man—or of what they symbolize? Triunfo de San Rafael is a memorial to one Cordovans four centuries ago believed delivered them from the plague. For many reasons, this site holds much reverence, far more than meets the eye.

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Reviewed 21 June 2017

It's a column with a statue on top. What else is there to say? There must have been a festival going on when we were in town, because although it was raining, there were a lot of tents and tables set up in the plaza around it, and a bit of drinking going on.

Thank Moeandpumpkin
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Reviewed 5 June 2017

Located at one end of Puente de San Rafael, the monument is dedicated to Saint Rafael - the patron saint of the city of Cordoba.

It consists of a statue of Saint Rafael on top of a circular stone column. The stone column stands on a square stone base in the middle of a semi-circular traffic island. The traffic island is covered in grass and flower beds and also has several statues of animals.

Worth a short visit as part of a tour of the historic quarter.

Thank TAIN2013
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Reviewed 3 June 2017

The monument is located between the Mezquita and the Roman bridge. It consists of a statue of San Rafael - the patron saint of the city on top of a column.

The monument is beautiful and worth a short stop.

Thank TAIN2013
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Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

The patron saint. A wondrous Italian Statue! Location just behind the Mesquita. Open 24 hours. Good meeting location.

Thank Jilliana R
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