This walking tour will take you to the most important monuments of Cordoba and introduce you to the culture and heritage of this ancient city on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. This tour is more than just monuments; it takes you into the winding streets and into the houses of the people to discover the charms of this old world city.
Some of the highlights of this tour include:
- The Mezquita. The Mezquita. The most iconic monument of Cordoba and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984, the Mezquita was built over the remains of a Visigoth church at the end of the 8th century and was expanded several times during the Moorish rule. After the arrival of the Christians in 1236, the Mosque was converted into the Cathedral.
- Jewish Quarter. Jewish Quarter. Located in the heart of the old city, another World Heritage Site, the narrow, labyrinth of streets hide such treasures as the Flower Alley and the 14th century Synagogue, one of the best preserved in all of Spain, as well as the monuments to the Jewish philosopher Maimonides and the Arabic astronomer and writer Averroes.
- Synagogue. The 14th century Synagogue, located in the heart of the old city, is one of the best preserved in all of Spain. After the expulsion of the Jews in 1492 it was used as a hospital, a hermitage and a nursery. The layout and the Mudejar architecture are of particular note.
- The Alcazar. This monument can trace its origins back to the Romans, although most of the building that we currently see dates from the 14th century. It represents Cordoba like few other buildings, with Roman, Visigoth, Moorish and Christian ruins lying side by side. It has been a royal residence, seat of the local Spanish Inquisition and a prison.