I'll tell you here now,a few interesting options to see around Cordoba city,of course if you have time enough when you visit this area of Andalucia.
First of all,if you like real nature,then don't miss a visit to the Natural Park of "SIERRA DE CORDOBA".
Another nice places,towns,villages to see and explore, are:
PRIEGO DE CORDOBA
and the city of ALMODOVAR and its beautiful Castle.
This picture was taken at Alcalá La Real located on next province of Jaen.
The Mosque-Cathedral has more than 50 small chapels,some of them with beautiful decorations.This is the Chapel of San Juan Bautista.If you have time enough can see all of them.In all the Mosque you can use flash on your camera,but is not allowed to use any tripod for it!.
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The Mezquita (mosque) was built in 784 on the site of a Visigoth basilica. It is considered the most important Islamic monument in the Western world. Over the next two centuries it was enlarged to cover several city blocks and has more than 850 columns, making it the largest mosque in the Islamic world at the time of its completion. The mosque was partially converted to a Catholic church in 1371. Today you can wonder through this Arabic architectural wonder and hear Spanish mass being conducted...it is a bizarre, but very cool experience!
Under the caliphate, Arab culture flourished here including the typical Arab Baths (aka Banos Arabes, or Hammam. Most of the baths were destroyed when the Catholics took over, since they did not have a tradition of public bathing. This particular one has been restored and allows you to travel back in time to 11th century Andalucia. The rich Arab architecture and hospitable staff make the experience top notch. Their is a dressing room, a cold room, a temperate room, and two hot rooms. You can opt also to have a massage with fragrant orange oil. Afterwards you can enjoy tea and pastries while watching a belly dancer gyrate to the hypnotic beats.
This statue lies in the tiny Plaza Tiberiades. Locals and tourists rub his well worn toes superstitiously hoping to gain his knowledge. Maimonides was a 12th century Jewish philosopher and religious rationalist and his statue stands as a remnant of the once vibrant Jewish community here.
In the Hamman Arab Baths complex, there is a beautifully decorated teteria, which is a good place for a relaxing break in your Cordoba visit. They have many kinds of teas and other infusions, and they also offer cakes in arabic fashion. You can order a big teapot (4 persons) or an individual one: perhaps the most obvious choice is the Moruno (with mint). Ask at the entrance desk, because the teteria is not visible from the street. It is located very near the Mezquita.
En el complejo de los Banhos Arabes Hamman, hay una bonita teteria, la cual es un buen sitio para hacer un alto en la visita a Cordoba. Tiene muchos tipos de te y otras infusiones, y tambien ofrecen dulces de estilo arabe. Puede pedir una tetera grande (para 4 personas) o una individual: quiza la eleccion mas obvia es el te Moruno (con menta). Preguntad en el mostrador de entrada, porque la teteria no es visible desde la calle. Esta situada muy cerca de la Mezquita.
A part of this huge Mosque,was converted into a Catholic Cathedral.Don't miss see all small chapels here.Also the hight altar,of 16 c. by Enrique Arfe.The coro and choir stalls made in Baroque style,the beautiful paintings.
This is a picture taken at the High Altar.
Plaza del Potro: this nice little square is a must when you visit Cordoba. Apart from the fountain with the typical statue of a young horse, in this square are located the Posada del Potro and Julio Romero de Torres Museum. It is near Plaza de la Corredera, so you can visit them together.
Plaza del Potro: esta placita es visita obligada en Cordoba. Ademas de la fuente con la tipica estatua de un potro, en esta plaza estan situados la Posada del Potro y el Museo Julio Romero de Torres. Esta cerca de la Plaza de la Corredera, asi que puedes visitarlas juntas.
The parish was founded by Fernando III in 1236. Formerly, there was a mosque right here. The present church was built between XIII and XVth century and has Gothic and mudejar elements on the façade. There is a remarkable rose window upside the lancet arch door. The inside has a very beautiful marble altarpiece. Well, the photo it is not good, I dont know why my husband only took a part of the church... It is located close to the Tendillas square.
La parroquia fue fundada por Fernando III en 1236. Antes habia una mezquita justo aqui. La iglesia actual fue construida entre los siglos XIII y XV y tiene elementos goticos y mudejares en la fachada. Hay un vistoso roseton encima de la portada de arco apuntado. El interior tiene un retablo de marmol muy hermoso. Bueno, la foto no es buena, no se por que mi marido solo saco una parte de la iglesia... Esta situada muy cerca de la plaza de las Tendillas.
Spice up your life by visiting this museum and seeing seeing the wonderful art of Julio Romero de Torres. The museum is small, because it is housed in the artist's former home, but still very interesting to see. The artist paints sensual portraits of Cordoban women and only the Andalusian sun gets hotter.
During your visit to Cordoba another good option,may be take a ride in one of numerous tourist carriages,the price it is of about 35 Euros with comments of places visited in Spanish only.Is a good idea if you don't have too much time to stay on the city.They are located in main door of the Mosque and other tourist places.The ride takes about 40 minutes,and you can see the most important places of this beautiful city!.
Capuchinos Square,it is located very close to the Mosque and Jewish Quarter.It is a very small square and the only interesting thing to see here,are Capuchinos' Church and Cristo de los Faroles.
This is a picture taken in this place where you can see the Capuchinos Church.
These old water wheels line the banks of the Rio Guadalquivir. They were believed to be used by the Romans as mills, but were later used to bring water to the caliph's palace. They were shut down by Isabel la Catolica, because they disturbed her sleep.
The Puerta de Almodóvar (Almodovar Gate) also known as Jewish District Gate is one of the remains of the ancient walls and gates, that were floored during 18th and 19th centuries. When you cross this magnificent gate, you arrive to the past, to the charming streets of the Jewish District.
La Puerta de Almodóvar, también conocida como Puerta de la Judería, es uno de los restos que aún quedan de las antiguas murallas y puertas, que fueron derribadas durante los siglos XVIII y XIX. Cuando cruzas la magnífica puerta, llegas al pasado, a las encantadoras callejuelas de la Judería.
River Guadalquivir, with its ancient mills, big wheels, magnificent bridges, legends and poetry, runs across Córdoba.
"Guadalquivir so green
of ancient oil.
If the boatman loses me
I make the sign of the cross.
I do not pass by the brideg
I do not cross it.
Enwrapped in gold and satin
nobody does it."
El río Guadalquivir, con sus antiguos molinos, norias, puentes magníficos, leyendas y poesías, atraviesa Córdoba.
"Guadalquivir tan verde
de aceite antiguo.
Si el barquero me pierde
yo me santiguo.
La puente no la paso,
no la atravieso.
Envuelto en oro y raso
no se hace eso."
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