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Hi guys,

I need to know the best possible interpretations of the word "court" in those context below and "observatories".
I've tried to get some info about them online but it's so hard to figure the meaing out though.
My guess is this: for "court", it may mean a palace/ mansion/ courtyard, and for "observatories", an astronomical place/ a viewpoint/ a watchtower. Still don't know which one of those would be best...

Is there anybody who have some knowledge about the history of the city or who have some idea on this?
Any comments will be welcomed.

Thank you~!
pb
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Córdoba city was capital of Al-Andalus and at its zenith was home to the glittering court of Abd ar-Rahman III. While history
remains the tourist magnet, Córdoba also celebrates new talent in its prestigious annual Guitar Festival, its daring fusion cuisine,
and startling glimpses of steel, glass and rusty metal architecture. Beyond the city stretches an essentially rural province
that produces some of Andalucía’s best olive oil and wine.

Córdoba’s heyday came under Abd ar-Rahman III (912–61). The biggest city in Western Europe had dazzling mosques, libraries,
observatories and aqueducts, a university and highly skilled artisans in leather, metal, textiles and glazed tiles. And the multicultural court was frequented by Jewish, Arab and Christian scholars.
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Hi,
'Court' here refers not just to the place where a royal person lives and conducts his business, but more importantly to the people who spend their time at that place. You might call them the royal person's close social and business associates. Such people are individually called 'courtiers', but collectively called 'the court'.
eg He was a member of Queen Elizabeth's court'.

I would take 'observatories' here in the straightforward meaning of 'places to observe the heavens, the stars, the sky'. ie for astronomy.

Clive
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Thanks Clive,

I didn't know there was such a meaning for the word "court."
Still, I have a question.
Do you think the meaning of the "court"-- the royal person's associates -- applies to the two cases ?
I mean "the glittering court" and "the multicultural court"?

Or do think the former has the meaning of 'a place that the royals live'
and the latter, 'the associates'?

Thanks again for your kind comments~!
pb
Hi,
Do you think the meaning of the "court"-- the royal person's associates -- applies to the two cases ?
I mean "the glittering court" and "the multicultural court"?

Or do think the former has the meaning of 'a place that the royals live'
and the latter, 'the associates'?

'Glittering' in a context like this usually refers to the remarkable intellectual, creative, artistic and social atmosphere of the place.

Clive