Cordoba City - Things to See

The historic city of Cordoba. © Michelle Chaplow
The historic city of Cordoba.

Things to See

Once the largest city of Roman Spain, Córdoba later formed the heart of the western Islamic empire. Today, the city is a typical bustling, noisy Andalusian city, with lots of atmosphere, fascinating sites, intriguing small streets and shops and the inevitable fabulous choice of restaurants and bars. Download pdf list of sites in Córdoba with their opening hours.

Below is a selection of interesting things to see in Córdoba city.

Mosque

One of the most famous monuments in the region, the Mosque / Cathedral dates back to the 10th century when Córdoba was under Islamic rule. The Mosque can be visited throughout the year for an entrance fee. More info >

Madinat al-Zahra

Madinat al-Zahra is the ruins of a vast, fortified Moorish medieval palace-city built by Abd-ar-Rahman III, the first Umayyad Caliph of Córdoba, and located on the western outskirts of the city of Codorba. More info >

Alcazar

The Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos (Castle of the Christian Kings) is a medieval castle or 'alcazar', orginally designed as a fortress with military characteristics. It has gothic style elements as well as walled gardens with water terraces and fountains. More info >

Palacio de Viana

A 14th century building that served as a palace for the old nobility of Córdoba. Having been delcared a site of cultural interest / importance, today the palace also serves as a museum with a beautiful year round patio area to view. More info >

Juderia

Córdoba's old Jewish quarter (Juderia) consists of a fascinating network of narrow lanes, at the centre of which is the Synagogue in Calle de los Judios. The area is more atmospheric and less commercialised than in Seville, although souvenir shops have emerged. More info >

Molino de la Albolafia

Molino de la Albolafia is a remnant of a number of flour mills that used to be located on the banks of the Guadalquivir river. This reconstructed watermill was built by the Romans and has also been identified as the site for an old Almohad Palace. More info >

Calle de las Flores

This is a small but well-known street and is likely the most photographed street in Cordoba. As the name clearly states it is the 'street of the flowers'; a painter's and photographer's delight. More info >

City Walls

These are the old city walls which used to mark the boundaries of the Jewish quarter extended virtually to the Arab walls. The latter enclose the Alcazar gardens and continue along the river bank. More info >

Episcopal Palace

The 15th century Episcopal Palace is today home to a museum dedicated to artists from Cordoba and a gallery dedicated to mediaeval art, as well as tapestries and collections of psalm books from the Cathedral. More info >

Plaza del Potro

Plaza del Potro (Square of the Colt) is a long, rectangular square which slopes down towards the nearby Guadalquivir river to the south. It is named after the 16th-century fountain in the plaza which features a small, prancing horse balanced atop a vase. More info >

Puente Gate

At the north end of the Roman bridge, formerly used to enter the city enclosure near the Mosque, rises the Puerto del Puente or Bridge Gate. It was completed in the days of Philip II. More info >

Roman Bridge

Roman bridge across the River Guadalquivir. reflects little of its Roman roots, owing to frequent reconstruction over many decades. It was featured in Season 5 of Game of Thrones as the Long Bridge of Volantis. More info >

Seville Gate

The Gate of Seville is of considerable historical interest standing as an original fortified tower and an early entry gate to the Alcazar or fortress from the west. Fragments date back to the 10th century. More info >

Tower of Calahorra

This tower rises up at the south of the Roman bridge, the far end from the city centre. It is a fortified gate originally built by the Moors (Almohads) and restored by King Enrique II of Castile in 1369 to defend the city from attack by his brother Pedro I. More info >

Museums

Here we provide a guide to the various museums of Cordoba. Great for an afternoon or day out learning about the rich history of the city. More info >

Art Galleries

This is an overview of the Art Galleries in Cordoba. The city is home to a wide range of art, from classical and religious to modern and innovative. More info >

Patios

Due to a hot, dry climate homes in Córdoba were built with a central patio even back in the days of the Romans. This tradition was continued by the Moors and persists in many homes even today. Filling the central patio with plants and water features has always been a way to keep local homes cool. More info >

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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