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An age-old city.

The city of Córdoba is located in southern Spain, alongside a meander of the Guadalquivir River. Strolling through its narrow streets is the best way to discover its important cultural heritage. The Mosque-Cathedral is in the very heart of the city, surrounded by the Jewish and Arabic Quarters, huge courtyards filled with flowers all over and the indelible memory of its two eras of maximum splendour - the Islamic and the Roman.

The best way to get to know Córdoba is to lose oneself in the narrow streets and stop off to admire the many courtyards filled with flowers. The city's most representative monument is, without doubt, the Mosque-Cathedral. It is the main monument from the Islamic west and one of the most important of all time, having been used as a basis for later Islamic and Christian buildings. The current mosque-cathedral dates from two periods: the part of the building from the 8th to the 10th centuries, and the work done to convert it into a cathedral in the 16th century.

The city is also home to an interesting collection of churches that reflect the passing of history since many are Romanesque-Gothic in style built over original Moorish buildings.

What to see

  • The Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba (granted World Heritage status in 1984) is the most important monument from the Western Islamic world and one of the most outstanding there is. The full evolution of the Umayyad style in Spain is reflected in its history, in addition to the Christian additions in Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles.
  • Alcázar-fortress of the Catholic Monarchs. A fortress and palace of solid walls, the interior has been witness to much of the architectural evolution in Córdoba. Roman and Visigoth remains sit alongside those from the Moorish period in this majestic location thanks to its being the favourite spot of the city's different rulers. It has had many uses throughout history, such as the being the Seat of the Tribunal of the Holy Office (Inquisition) and prison (in the first half of the 19th century).
  • Jewish Quarter. The streets of the Jewish Quarter comprise a set of narrow, winding streets (some with no exit) that owe their design to the Islamic mediaeval planning of the city. The area is home to: the Plaza de Maimónides, the Casa Andalusí house, the Synagogue, the Municipal Market or Souk and Calleja de las Flores Passage.
  • Medina Azahara. The Medina Azahara was the sumptuous and mysterious city commissioned by Abd ar-Rahman III and built at the foot of the Sierra Morena, eight kilometres from Córdoba city. The city is the source of legendary tales, even its name. Local myth states that the self-proclaimed Abd ar-Rahman III decided to build a city-palace in honour of his favourite - Azahara.
  • Viana Palace. This majestic palace stands in the Plaza de Don Gome and its rooms are laid around twelve marvellous courtyards and an amazing garden. Different species of flowers decorate and perfume every nook of the spectacular museum.
  • Patios of Córdoba. The Patios of Córdoba (World Heritage) reach their maximum splendour during the Festival of the Patios of Córdoba, held every year in the first fortnight of May. All participating patio owners in the competition open their patios for the public to visit.
  • Julio Romero de Torres Museum. Dedicated to the artist's work, the museum offers an overview of his life, from the early days to his best known and most splendid works: La Chiquita Piconera, Naranjas y Limones, Cante Hondo, Poema a Córdoba, etc.
  • Patios of Legend - Casa de las Cabezas. The Casa de las Cabezas with its four Patios of Legend and very narrow Moorish passageway known as the “Siete Infantes de Lara” or “Calleja de los Arquillos” is a beautiful example of a –Córdoba Courtyard-House with roots in the Middle Ages.

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