Córdoba, La Fuerza del Sur. Córdoba is famous around the world for its incredible ‘Great Mosque’. The historic old town is a World Heritage site, packed with winding streets, flowered courtyards, inviting squares & plazas and lively bars & restaurants where you can enjoy superb Spnish cuisine and maybe a good flamenco performance. If you’re visiting Andalucia, Córdoba is ‘must-see’.
Córdoba, La Fuerza del Sur
Córdoba is best in the spring, when the sweet fragrances of orange blossom and jasmine hang in the air, particularly May, the month of many of Córdoba’s traditional fiestas.
Known locally as Mezquita-Catedral, the Great Mosque of Córdoba is one of the oldest structures still standing from the time Muslims ruled Al-Andalus (Muslim Iberia including most of Spain, Portugal, and a small section of Southern France) in the late 8th century. Córdoba is a two hour train ride south of Madrid, and draws visitors from all over the world. If you are a tourist planning an itinerary for your visit to Cordoba and there are so many that you can decide, it would be useful to add one or two museums, as there is so much to see and so little to do.
The highlight of your tour is a visit to the Grand Mosque of Cordoba, from where you have a magnificent view of the city and its surroundings. Further south, at the Puerta de Sevilla, is the Descalzos de la Cruz, the oldest church in the country and one of the oldest in Spain. This church is magnificent and it cannot compete with the Cathedral of Seville, but you will also see the Iglesia de Santa Cruz, which was half destroyed by the Lisbon earthquake in 1755.
La Mezquita (The Great Mosque)
Well worth visiting, really! The UNESCO status has been extended to include all the historical buildings and monuments of Cordoba, as well as the historical and cultural heritage of the city. The Minaret of the Mosque – Cathedral of Córdoba (The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption). Islamic, Moorish and Gothic architecture dating back to 785 AD. Mezquita de Córdoba.
The Mezquita Catedral in Córdoba is one of the two great symbols of Spain’s Moorish past, equaled in splendour only by the Alhambra, in Granada. When the Moors were defeated from the thirteenth century, the mosque had a Catholic cathedral built in its prayer hall, however it wasn’t ruined. The site currently occupied by Córdoba’s great Mosque Cathedral, or Mezquita Catedral in Spanish, has been swapped back and forth between Christians and Muslims for centuries. Iberia’s Christian Visigoths built the San Vicente church before the Moors came, remains of which may be seen under the mosque and dates from the sixth century. More…
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Judería (The Old Jewish Quarter)
It is one of the most visited areas by tourists given that, besides the Mosque, you can see monuments such as the Sinagoga (Synagogue), the Zoco Municipal (Zoco Municipal Market) or the Museo Taurino (Bull-fighting Museum), among others. It is part of the historic centre of Córdoba which was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994.
Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos
A building of military character whose construction was ordered by the King Alfonso XI of Castile in the year 1328, on previous constructions (the Islamic-era Umayyad Alcázar, also the previous residence of the Roman Governor and the Customs). The architectural ensemble has a sober character in its exterior and splendid in its interior, with the magnificent gardens and courtyards that maintain a Mudéjar inspiration.
Fiesta de los Patios de Córdoba
When Cordobans celebrate the annual Courtyard Festival and Contest, the beautiful courtyards of their homes are open to the public. Many house owners in Cordoba’s traditional neighborhoods join the contest and open their doors. So everyone has the chance to get insights in architectural treasures that are typical for Cordoba – the so called Patios. During the festival, people are welcome to enjoy courtyards of incomparable beauty, packed with trees and flowers, fountains and accessories.
Puente Romano (Roman Bridge) and Calahorra Tower
The Roman bridge of Córdoba is a bridge in the Historic centre of Córdoba, Andalusia, southern Spain, originally built in the early 1st century BC across the Guadalquivir river, though it has been reconstructed at various times since. It is also known locally as the Old Bridge as for two thousand years, until the construction of the San Rafael Bridge in the mid-twentieth century, it was the city’s only bridge across the river.
An Old Steam Train in Córdoba Park
“El Gordo”. Steam Engine Córdoba Park. Set of four black and white photographs. An old steam railway engine at Córdoba Park, Andalucía, Spain. Rusty steam engine left as monument or decoration in Córdoba Park. Gloomy day, abandoned train. Mechanics, engine, cabin.
A Douglas DC-7 Propeller Plane!
Just there! On the grass next overlooking the river! A Douglas DC-7 transport aircraft on the bank of the Guadalquivir River, Córdoba, Spain. Propellers at sunset in Andalucia. Aviation training institute on the northern bank of the river.
Douglas DC-7 Guadalquivir River, Córdoba
More Unfathomable Nonsense
It was the capital of the Caliphate of Cordoba, which controlled large parts of the Iberian Peninsula for several hundred years.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, Cordoba was conquered by the Visigoths, who were willing to welcome local citizens in exchange for their loyalty to Islam’s new caliphate. By that time, the Muslims had already conquered it and transformed it into the caliphate itself. In 711 and 712 they conquered and destroyed most of it, and capitulations were signed with other Iberian cities.
During the storm, they took up positions in the city’s central square and on the outskirts of the city center.
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At the southern end of the bridge is the Calahorra Tower, which is a great place to stay in the same neighborhood, and the San Pedro de Cordoba Bridge.
If you can only spend a few days in Andalusia, we recommend you to go to Cordoba in the summer months and stay in one of the hotels in the city, such as the Parador de Cordoba or the San Pedro de Cordoba Hotel. If you are looking for accommodation that offers cool temperatures in the evenings, we recommend the Paradorde Cordova. Those who have less than 5 days should visit the other important tourist attractions such as the Calahorra Tower, Paseo de la Paz and Cajon de los Caballeros.
If you are visiting Andalusia for 9-10 days, it is best to take a flight from Seville, the Andalusian capital, to Cordoba or from Madrid to Cordova.
The fastest AVE train goes all the way from the airport to Cordoba and takes an hour and a half. You can take the train from Seville airport to Santa Justa or fly from Madrid to the city of Cordova, which is just a few hours drive away. Once in Cordoba, you can fly back to Seville or Madrid via Madrid – Madrid Airport or take a train at the airports of Seville and Santa Justa.
Cordoba is a small town, but you can walk anywhere and you don’t need a car when you arrive or a fast taxi. Granada, Seville and Cordoba are relatively small, so if you have little time you can pass them all in a short time.
If you are travelling to Madrid, I would recommend you to go to Cordoba first and stay overnight by train or car. From there it is not far to Seville and Granada, but if you rent a car in Malaga you can take the A-45 motorway from there. The N-331 connects the city with Malaga and from there via the Eiffel Tower to Madrid Airport.
Seville is located to the west and has many ancient sites to offer, including the ancient city of Seville, the city’s cathedral and a number of museums, while south of Cordoba you can expect the beaches of Malaga and the Costa del Sol – day trippers who are ready for an early start. During your stay you will discover some good places to visit, such as the old town of Granada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as some of the most beautiful beaches in Spain.
In Granada, visit the Alhambra, the Moorish palace and the citadel that everyone knows, and stroll through the narrow streets that shake El Albayzin, a neighborhood that reflects the city’s medieval Moorish past. On the outskirts of this city is the ancient city of Medina Azahara, when Cordoba was Europe’s leading city for science and culture. Together with the Alhamba of Granada, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important cultural and historical sites in Spain.
While the Moors had the greatest influence on Cordoba, other cultures left their mark, including the Spaniards, who recaptured the city in the 13th century. While the Moors built the Alhambra of Granada for their own rulers, the Alcazar of Seville was built by Moorish craftsmen. Abd al-Rahman built the mezquita (the Great Mosque of Cordoba) in the architecture of the Umayyads, whose variations were inspired by local Roman, Christian and Visigothic buildings.
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