Torre de la Calahorra
The Tower of La Calahorra 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 extensively restored by King Enrique II of Castile in 1369 to defend the city from attack by his brother Pedro I the Cruel from the South. It was origionally an arched gate between two towers. Enrique II added a third cylindrical shaped tower connecting the outer two.
In the 18th century it was used as a prison and in the 19th century it was a girls school. The tower was declared a national monument in 1931. the restoration of the tower and the Romain bridge and the surrounding area in 2007 was awarded the EU prize for cultural heratige "Europa Nostra" in 2014.
It currently houses the Museo Vivo de Al-Andaluz . This fascinating museum is particularly educational with audio visual presentations which vividly depict how life was in Cordoba around the 10th Century AD when three cultures lived side by side Christianity, Muslim and Judaism. There is a scale model of the Mosque as it was ini Mooris times before the cathedral was constructed.
Visitors are also able to go on the roof for a spectacular view of the mosque and the city.
Summer (May to September) 10.00 to 14.00 and 16.30 to 20.30
Winter (October to March) 10.00 to 18.00
Entrance: 4.50 euro, reduced 3.00 euro