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Cordoba Segway 2 hours Sightseeing Tour
"Start with a brief safety orientation. Follow your guide through Cordoba on this 2-hour tour. Visit Tendillas Square Capuchinos Street Colon Square and Corredera Square. See the ruins of the Roman Temple. Ride along the riverside to Old Town. Learn about the mosques and cathedrals along the way. Cruise along the Roman Wall on this 5-mile (8km) Segway tour. Finish your tour close to worl a Moorish castle built between the 8th and 15th century.""""Take a 2-hour guided tour around Cordoba by Segway. See Cordoba's landmarks and highlights in the most convenient way. Visit Tendillas Square Capuchinos Street
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Bike Tour Around Cordoba
"Meet your guide in central Cordoba for this 2 hour bike tour. Enjoy the easiest and the most comfortable way to get around the city by bike. You will be able to see the historical places such as the surroundings of the Mosque-Cathedral the riverside the Roman Bridge the Jewish Quarter Tendillas Square and Corredera Square. This is a 5-mile (8-km) guided tour that will save time and prevent foot pain while you discover all the secrets of the city!"""
From EUR25.00
 
Cordoba Tour During Patios Festival
"After the Courtyards Festival of Cordoba declaration as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO the interest for this breathtaking tradition has hugely increased. In Cordoba a Pie we are aware of the fact that the splendor of the typical cordovan courtyard does not only reach its maximum in May (the date of the Courtyards Festival) so we organize tours to the patios also the rest of the year. The Patios that are visited on this tour are the ones in the San Basilio neighborhood. There are 7 houses of different ages to be seen on this tour (from 14-21 century). Courtyards ful odors colors and breathtaking views.""""A guided tour through the Patios of Cordoba. Visit with 7 courtyard of 7 families. See patios full of flowers
From EUR15.00

Cathedral / Mosque Tips (133)

See the cathedral in the early morning

The cathedral is the main reason for most people to go to Cordoba, 8 Euro entrance fee and € 37 with a guide, if you go before 10 am you will have no tour groups and the entrance might be free (was free when i was there).

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lotharscheer
Aug 21, 2016

Capilla Sagrario

For me this was one of the most impressive chapels in the Mezquita. It's located in the southeast corner of the former mosque and the walls and pillars are all adorned with beautiful frescoes and wonderful religious art work.

The chapel was founded in 1330. According to my research the frescoes are by Cesare Arbasia of Saluzzo and date back to 1583-86. As you enter this small richly adorned chapel you will be greeted by a guard that is on watch probably to make sure that no one touches the delicate art. At the center of the chapel is the alter simply adorned.

Photographs are allowed in the chapel, so no worries, snap away.

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Gypsystravels
May 13, 2016

Cathedral in the Mosque

The Mosque is so large, that when the Christians captured the city and wanted to convert it to a church it was too large for them to use, so there solution was to build a cathedral within the Mosque, using the original ceilings and supports.

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Jim_Eliason
Apr 25, 2016

Cathedral/Mosque

Construction of Cordoba mosque started in 785 according to orders of Emir Abd Ar Rahman I. Construction was executed on foundations of old Visigothic Church. That’s why Mihrab of this mosque doesn’t show direction toward Mecca. Construction was accomplished n the end of X century during the rule of Al Mansur. When city of Cordoba was liberated from Moor by King Fernando III of Castile and Leon in 1236, some places of mosque were just consecrated and Christians started to use some parts of mosque as chapels. In 1523 construction of cathedral in the center of mosques started and was accomplished only in XVII century. Building itself is huge and it is impossible to catch entire Cathedral using your camera.
Open:
From November through February: from Monday to Saturday, from 08:30 to18:00 hrs.
On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to 11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to 18:00 hrs.
From March through October: from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 to19:00 hrs.
On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to19:00 hrs.
Admission to Patio de Los Naranjos is free. Admission to Mosque is 8 Euros
Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video.

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Oleg_D.
Mar 06, 2016
 
 
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Portals

Don’t forger to walk around of Cordoba Cathedral Mosque. Building is huge but you reward will be many beautiful portals built in X century. These portals have traditional horseshoe shaped arches adopted by Moors from Visigothic architecture. And Visigoths adopted such forms from Roman Classic architecture in their turn. As people say in my country “All new is forgotten old”. The most beautiful doorways, to my mind, are Puerta del Palacio and Purta de Santa Catalina. They are really beautiful. I took my pictures on rainy day when stone was wet and soaked by rain. It made all colors much brighter and deeper.
Open:
From November through February: from Monday to Saturday, from 08:30 to18:00 hrs.
On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to 11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to 18:00 hrs.
From March through October: from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 to19:00 hrs.
On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to19:00 hrs.
Admission to Patio de Los Naranjos is free. Admission to Mosque is 8 Euros
Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video.

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Oleg_D.
Mar 06, 2016

Forrest of columns

First time when I learned about the existence of Cathedral Mosque of Cordoba took place at the age of five. The friends of mine who were all five and even seven years elder presented me school book on subject of the History of Middle Ages. There we a lot nice pictures and they thought I will busy with that book and stop molest them. There I saw the pictures of that mosque and my first impression from its interior was that I could describe as “the forest of the columns”. If I had opportunity to visit this mosque during my childhood I would probably count them all to get theirs precise number. Being adult man I didn’t count all those columns. Different sources provide different figures. Well, all this building has twenty four thousand square meters. Construction was in progress since Abd Ar Rahman I started it in 785. Then Abd Ar Rahman II built up additional building by 850. New space was added in result of construction conducted according to orders of Al Hakam II in 950. And at last, all eastern part of mosque was constructed in 990 during the rule of Al Mansur. The only sad thing is that not all of those columns were carved by Moors and their Mozarabic subjects. A lot of columns were mercilessly extracted from Visigothic churches in conquered territory and even from Vandal churches and ancient Roman buildings in North Africa.
Open:
From November through February: from Monday to Saturday, from 08:30 to18:00 hrs.
On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to 11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to 18:00 hrs.
From March through October: from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 to19:00 hrs.
On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to19:00 hrs.
Admission is 8 Euros
Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.

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Oleg_D.
Feb 28, 2016

Ambulatory

Cathedral of Cordoba has no traditional semicircle ambulatory like in classic Romanesque and Gothic Cathedrals because this temple was incorporated just in central part of already existed Mosque. Nevertheless, ambulatory here exists and you can find it behind the chancel of cathedral. It consists of three chapels and five lunettes decorated with bas-relieves with scenes of Christ’s Passions such as Kiss of Judah and arrest at the garden of Gethsemane, Road to Calvary, Crucifixion, Deposition from the Cross and lamentation of Christ, Resurrection of Christ and sleepy guardians. All bas-relieves are executed in Plateresque style so popular in Spain of first half of XVI century.
Open:
From November through February: from Monday to Saturday, from 08:30 to18:00 hrs.
On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to 11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to 18:00 hrs.
From March through October: from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 to19:00 hrs.
On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to19:00 hrs.
Admission is 8 Euros
Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.

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Oleg_D.
Feb 27, 2016

Chancel

When King Fernando III of Castile and Leon liberated Cordoba from Moors in 1236, he didn’t destroy huge local mosque. Since a lot of Mudejar population or Moslem who became subjects of the King of Castile and Leon left in Cordoba they had to pray somewhere. That’s why step by step some places in Mosque were consecrated and became chapels. All this huge building was partly church and partly mosque for a long time. For almost three centuries after liberation Moslem community of Cordoba dramatically diminished and Christian increased. That’s why entire Mosque became Cathedral and it was decided to build real cathedral incorporating it in existing mosque. Construction stated in 1523 and was totally accomplished only in XVII century. Construction was executed by famous Spanish architect Hernan Ruiz the Elder and after his death in 1547 by his son Hernan Ruiz the Younger. Well, cathedral itself is magnificent and beautiful, especially its chancel and main altarpiece but you can see a lot of such constructions among late gothic Spanish cathedrals built in XVI and XVII centuries. Taking in consideration the fact that cathedral was incorporated in central, the oldest part of mosque, we can quite understand why even Spanish King Carlos I (Holy Roman Emperor Charles V) considered that architects destroyed that was better just to build that’s worse.
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From November through February: from Monday to Saturday, from 08:30 to18:00 hrs.
On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to 11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to 18:00 hrs.
From March through October: from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 to19:00 hrs.
On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to19:00 hrs.
Admission is 8 Euros
Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.

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Oleg_D.
Feb 26, 2016

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Choir

Choir of Cathedral e Cordoba was designed and built according to architectural fashion of XVI and XVII centuries. That means Late Gothic, Plateresque and neo-Classic styles are presented here. Choir and its wooden stalls covered with excellent woodcarvings are really stunning. But!? But if visited any Spanish cathedral built in XVI or XVII centuries already saw such constructions. Beautiful? Yes, indeed! But not unique!
Open:
From November through February: from Monday to Saturday, from 08:30 to18:00 hrs.
On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to 11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to 18:00 hrs.
From March through October: from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 to19:00 hrs.
On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to19:00 hrs.
Admission is 8 Euros
Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.

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Oleg_D.
Feb 25, 2016

San Jorge and San Sebastian Statues

When you are in chancel of Cordoba Cathedral, if you have main altar piece before your face, then statue of San Sebastian is going to be on your right hand side. It was made in first half of XVI century in Plateresque style so typical for Spain in mentioned time. On your left hand side you are going to find statue of San Jorge or Saint George of Cappadocia killing the dragon. Both these Saints are Martyrs and patrons of military men. According to medieval folk opinion Saint Sebastian especially helped Bowmen and Arbalesters. Saint George traditionally saves England, Russian Army Guards Units and Gypsies. Saint George is shown as man-at-arms dressed in full suit of plate armor of late gothic stile very typical for first quarter of XV century. I don’t know who the author of both those sculptures is, but they are excellent whoever their author was. Statue of Saint George is excellent source of information on arms and armor of Spanish (Castilian, Leonese and Aragonese) men-at-arm of first quarter of XVI century. Heavy cavalrymen of Hernan Cortes in Mexico campaign of 1519 could be equipped and armed exactly as this statue not like some painters or movie producers show us at their canvas and in their movies. He had only couple dozens of mounted men-at-arms but they were real shock troops and Kings of the Battlefields of New World.
Open:
From November through February: from Monday to Saturday, from 08:30 to18:00 hrs.
On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to 11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to 18:00 hrs.
From March through October: from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 to19:00 hrs.
On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to19:00 hrs.
Admission is 8 Euros
Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.

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Oleg_D.
Feb 24, 2016

Chapel near Michrab

Another beautiful horseshow shaped arch is situated on left hand side from Mihrab. This part of Mosque/Cathedral was built about 960 A.D. by Al Hakam II. Visigothic arch and Moorish vault make excellent architectural ensemble. Unfortunately this area has very poor illumination and condition for photo session is not ideal. There are always many people in this part of Cathedral.
Open:
From November through February: from Monday to Saturday, from 08:30 to18:00 hrs.
On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to 11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to 18:00 hrs.
From March through October: from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 to19:00 hrs.
On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to19.00 hrs.
Admission is 8 Euros
Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.

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Oleg_D.
Feb 23, 2016

Royal Chapel

Capilla Real or Royal Chapel is situated in South-West part of Cordoba Cathedral. This part was built in second part of X century during the reign of Al Hakam II when Cordoba was under the power of Moorish conquerors. When Cordoba was liberated from Moors by King Fernando III of Castile and Leon this part of Mosque was consecrated and converted to Roman Catholic Church. Two Kings of Castile and Leon were buried in this chapel. They were Fernando IV who died in 1312 and his son Alfonso XI who died in 1350. This chapel is excellent monument of Mozarab and Moorish architecture. People delighted with Arab architecture should understand that all those horseshoe shaped arches are neither Arabic nor Moorish. They are Visigothic and Mozarabic. Mozarabs were the Christians, mostly of Visigothic origin who were conquered by Moors but preserved their religion. Unfortunately visitors cannot get in that chapel, so I took my photos right through the arches.
Open:
From November through February: from Monday to Saturday, from 08:30 to18:00 hrs.
On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to 11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to 18:00 hrs.
From March through October: from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 to19:00 hrs.
On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to19.00 hrs.
Admission is 8 Euros
Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.

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Oleg_D.
Feb 21, 2016

Things to Do Near Córdoba

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Museo de Julio Romero de Torres

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Palacio de Viana

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Calahorra tower

This tower was built by Moorish rulers of Cordoba to protect entrance to Roman Bridge over Guadalquivir River from its south bank. Tower was reconstructed and reinforced in 1369 according to orders of...
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Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos

Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos or Castle of Christian Kings is situated in historical center of Cordoba. Construction of this castle was started in 1328 according to orders of King Alfonso XI of...
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Sinagoga

This small synagogue was built in 1315. It cannot contest with splendid synagogues of Toledo but anyway it is the masterpiece of Jewish Sephardic architecture of XIV century. In 1492 Their Catholic...
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