The Real Circulo de la Amistad social headquarters, founded on May the 31st 1854, is located in the former Agustinas Recoletas de Nuestra Señora de las Nieves convent (16th century). In 1964 it received the first gold medal of the City Council. On March 31st 2006, His Majesty the King Juan Carlos I conceded to this entity the title of “Royal”.
Since it was founded, due to its continuous activity and presence, it has always been cultural crucible of the town by realizing permanents social and cultural acts. Its patrimony is composed, among others, by paintings from Julio Romero de Torres, José Fernández Alvarado, José María Rodríguez de los Ríos Losada, Carlos Ángel Díaz Huertas, Joan Miró, Equipo 57, Ginés Liébana, etc.
The senses hall: Pictures dedicated to “The Five Senses” are shown in this room. These pictures, which were made by the cordobesian painter and illustrator Carlos Ángel Díaz Huertas (1866-1937), are a whole demonstration of pictoric genius, nature knowledge and perfection of drawing. On December 13 1844, a concert of the Hungarian pianist and composer Franz Liszt was celebrated in this hall, when it still belonged to the Liceo Artístico y Literario. Twelve years later the Liceo will join the merging association of the Círculo de la Amistad.
Library: One of the Círculo de la Amistad treasures is its centenary Library, opened on January 16th 1901. It´s noble furniture was made by the cordobesian sculptor Mateo Inurria in the beginning of the 20th century. Is really remarkable the book collection from the 16th. 17th and 18th century among more than 25.000 copies. One of these shows the list of assistants to the Andalusian regional assembly, which was celebrated in Liceo Hall, where the Base Draft Bill for Statute of Autonomy was approved in 1933.
The Liceo Hall: Was opened in 1867. It´s spectacular chandeliers and lights provide the hall with such luminosity the great paintings are highlighted. The ceiling of the room, decorated with paintings from Rodríguez de Losada and Fernández Alvarado was the ideal location for high society parties, ballroom dances and floral games.
It has received several remarkable visitor from the world of arts, culture and politics such as: Prince Humberto I, Prince of Wales; Alfonso XII, Ulysses Simpson Grant, Isaac Peral, Juan Valera, Alfonso XIII, Blas Infante, Alexander Fleming, Juan Carlos I and Sofía from Greece when they were Princes of Asturias in 1970, etc. .
Contact Person: Secretary
Contact number: +351213041160
Facilities: Toilets, Bar
GPS: 37.673857, -8.656502