Most things of interest to the tourist happen within a few blocks of the central Palza de Armas. La Parroquia de la Inmacualda Concepcion - known for its loud bells and a lifelike image of the town's patron saint, La Virgen de la Soledad (Virgin of Solitude) - takes up the east side of the Plaza. The elegant Palacio Municipal fronts the west side. Palm trees soar all around reminding you that you are in the subtropics.
On the north side of the Plaza, the 18th century portales arch along the street providing cover for a slew of outdoor cafes. Behind the Portales is the ex-home of the Condes (counts) of Zevallos. In a courtyard, plaques remember the meeting between Iturbide and O'Donoju which ended the War of Independence. Sit and drink a coffee or a beer in one of the Portales cafes and watch the better part of Cordoba pass by in the evening hours.
Towering to the west of Cordoba, Pico de Orizaba is Mexico's highest mountain at 5747 meters/18856 feet. It rises out from lower lushly vegetated mountains and is topped with permanent snows. Orizaba is a volcano - last eruption in 1546 - and is also know by its Aztec name, Citlatepetl = Star Mountain. So named for how night lights glimmered off its summit snows.
Another colonial church in the city, this one is a little far away from the main square, but still whitin a walking distance, it is located in the zone that is considered the oldest in the city, It was closed when I was there, but I still could appreciate the two towers, the facade and the bronze dome.
During the begining of the XX Century it was used for goverment offices, and regretfully it's altars dissaperaed during this time, the church know is once again used for worship and it has been restored.
Another temple in the city, also a little far away from the main square but whitin a walking distance, the temple had a baroque style, but after a fire it lost many of it's original architecture and now has many modern parts, it is surrounded by some gardens and just in front there is a park with a playground, for kids to play.
Located in a colonial house, the City museum is the most important museum in the city, The building in wich it is located is known as "Portal de la Gloria, my guide says the museum has six rooms, wich show the prehispanic culture of the zone and the history of the city, I only saw the last room dedicated to temporal exhibitions, the exhibition that there was when I visited was about mexicab traditional handcraft.
In the lower floor of the building there is a small market, and you'll also find the municipal library.
may 21 park is the official name of the gardens in the main square, very nice place to walk around or sit down to rest it has nice gardens, some fountains and statues and many people coming and going. A typical place located in the downtown just like many mexican cities.
Córdoba's top touristic attraction is it's big cathedral, wich, as in many mexican cities, is located at one of the sides of the main square of the city. It is almost as old as the city, it's construction started in 1688 and it has a blend of baroque and neoclassical styles, it wasn't until the beginings of the XX century when it was finished, adding the last details to the second tower of the church; the towers are the highests in a church in the whole state of Veracruz, the main altar has a nice work in silver, and, as many churches it has a image of the virgin Mary wich is supposed to have been the result of a miracle.
The cathedral is one of the most important religious buildings in the state, and it is one of the historical monuments in the city wich is good preserved and taken care off, a must see.
This theater started to be built during the second mexican empire in wich Maximilian from Austria ruled the country, the construction whorever was suspended and it wasn't finished until 1895, thanks to the support of the spanish merchant Pedro Díaz, the style is similar to the architecture that was used in Mexico at the end of the XIX century and the begining of the XX Century.
The day I was in Córdoba the theater was closed, but I understand it is used frequently for cultural activities.
the Estate of Veracruz loves music, and it has a rich tradition of folklore, Córdoba is no exception, when I was in the city I was lucky to find a orchesta playing danzones in the archs of the municipal palace and people dancing, if you get to see something like this don't miss the chance to enjoy it.
I uploaded some videos about this, they are not very good but you can hear the music, the first one is a Danzón, the second a spanish Pasodoble wich is not music from Veracruz and it was played to mark the end of the concert.
Facing the north side of the main square of the city is the Municipal Palace of Córdoba, wich is one of the buildings worth seeing in the city it was built in 1905 with a neoclassical style, the palace has 21 archs to remember the battle that was fought in the city the 21 of may of 1821, one of the last combats before Mexico independence.
Inside of the building you'll find goverment offices, including tourism where they can give you some orientation about the attractions of the city, the walls are decorated by paintings of a local artist.