The patio of “La Casa del Ciprés” (The House of the Cypress) was once home to a huge cypress tree which, in its upright posture, gazed over the horizon. Cypress trees recover the symbolic connection between heaven and earth.
Indeed, our beliefs and psychology are dominated by the vertical axis; notions of top and bottom permeate our morality and even our language in a house that embodies humanity’s living memory.
The House is located on 2 Calle Tornillo, Córdoba, on the great Roman sewer that once collected the waters that flowed down from the city walls along Maese Luis Street, named after Miguel de Cervantes’ alleged relative. The sewer’s arch, the intricate and ubiquitous mosaics… these Roman ruins bear witness to distant times. Such is the case of de mosaic on the fireplace in the main living room, which depicts a newt, an animal central to Roman mythology.
The House stands between “Ermita de la Candelaria” and “Ermita de la Consolación”, at the narrowest point of Tornillo treet, next to what once was the Hospital of the Consolación and would later become the House of Expósitos (1599). This narrow point was once the site of a small turnstyle – from which the street takes its name (in Spanish, torno) – where newborn babies were abandoned in darker times of the past.
The House of the Cypress is part Córdoba’s artistic and cultural heritage, recognised as such in municipal archives.
In the1970s, the city’s Council took over the administration of the House. Since then, it has been host to the Andalusian Youth Institute and thereby become a cultural landmark, home of writers, poets, painters and artists of late twentieth century Córdoba.
The history of Córdoba is written into each of the House’s walls, layer by layer. It is also palpable in its surroundings: the Bells of San Francisco, the Plazas of the Corredera, Potro and Tendillas, the Town Hall, the Roman Temple of Claudio Marcelo, and only a ten-minute walk from the Arco del Triunfo and the Mosque-Cathedral (Mezquita-Catedral).
Travellers and tourists may walk alongside the Guadalquivir River and on the Roman Bridge, visit the Museum of Julio Romero and visit the above and other monuments, and later rest in the exclusive stillness of the House.