Cordoba Tourist Attractions

Córdoba, the most important city in Andalusia after Seville, lies at the foot of the Sierra de Córdoba, an outlier of the Sierra Morena, in a plain which slopes gently down to the Río Guadalquivir.

Narrow winding streets, small squares and low whitewashed houses, most of them with beautiful patios which can be admired from the street, give the town a Moorish atmosphere inherited from its past. It is still a kind of western European Mecca, with the famous Great Mosque, now the Cathedral, which in spite of later alterations ranks with the Alhambra in Granada as one of the two most splendid examples of Islamic art and architecture in western Europe. Córdoba is also famed for its silverware and its leather goods. Around the old town has grown up a modern Córdoba, with metalworking plants, factories producing electrical goods and foodstuff industries. The surrounding country is still given up to agriculture.

Mosque-Cathedral

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The Mosque Cathedral in Cordoba is a striking monument of Moorish architecture. Formerly a grand Islamic Mosque, the site now serves as a Christian Cathedral.

Around the Mezquita-Catheral

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Several attractions of particular note are to be found in the vicinity of the Mezquita Cathedral.

Archeological Museum

Northwest of the Mezquita-Catedral, in Plaza Don Jerónimo Paez, is the Archeological Museum in Cordoba, with Iberian objects, including sculptures of lions and a relief depicting a stag-hunt from Almodóvar del Río, Roman and Early Christian antiquities and a large collection of Moorish art, including a bronze stag of the 10th century and finds from Medina Azahara.
Address: Plaza de Jerónimo Páez 7, E-14003 Córdoba, Spain

Palacio Episcopal

Opposite the southwest corner of the Córdoba Cathedral stands the Bishop's Palace, built in the 15th century on the ruins of the Caliph's palace and rebuilt in 1745.

Diocesan Museum of Fine Arts

A recent addition to Córdoba's museums, the Diocesan Museum of Fine Arts contains a number of works by local artists. Being housed in the Episcopal Palace, the museum also contains a number of psalm books and cathedral tapestries.
Address: Calle Torrijos 12, E-14003 Córdoba, Spain

Triunfo de San Rafael

South of the Bishop's Palace in Córdoba is the Triunfo de San Rafael, a tall column erected in 1765 bearing a statue of the Archangel Raphael.

Puente Romano

Beside the Triunfo rises the Puerta del Puente, a Doric triumphal arch (16th century) at the end of the 16-arched Puente Romano over the Río Guadalquivir in Córdoba. The bridge was originally built after Caesar's victory over Pompey, and a Moorish bridge, 223m/244yd long was later built on its foundations.

Torre de la Calahorra

At the south end of the Puente Romano is the massive Torre de Calahorra, built in 1369, which now houses a modern museum on the history of the city. From this side of the bridge there is a magnificent view upstream of the city, rising above the right bank of the Guadalquivir, and downstream of a number of dilapidated old Moorish watermills.
Address: Avenida de la Confederacion, Puente Romano, E-14071 Córdoba, Spain

Alcázar of the Christian Kings

Across the Puente Romano from the Torre de la Calahorra we turn left and come to the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos. Some parts of the massive walls and towers date from Moorish times, but most of them were built when Alfonso XI strengthened the fortress in the 14th century. It contains a number of very fine Roman mosaics. Around the Alcázar, within the walls, are beautiful gardens, with ornamental pools and fountains, which are illuminated on summer evenings. In front of the main building is a square called the Camposanto de los Mártires, said to have been the place of execution of Christian martyrs.
Address: Calle Caballerizas Reales, E-14004 Córdoba, Spain

Gardens of the Alcázar

These Christian designed Gardens of the Alcázar in Córdoba are unusual in that they were designed in the Arabian style, incorporating ponds, fountains, hedges and flowers.

Judería

On the north side of the Camposanto lies the Judería, the old Jewish quarter of Córdoba. With its narrow lanes, its whitewashed houses and patios gay with flowers and its cozy little squares, it has a very distinctive atmosphere of its own.

Bullfighting Museum

In Plaza de las Bulas of Córdoba is the Casa Zoco, a 16th century house now occupied by the Museo Taurino, which has two sections devoted to the crafts of leatherwork and silversmithing in addition to the main section on bullfighting, which includes displays of bullfighting equipment and mementos of famous Córdoba-born toreros such as Lagartijo, Machaco, Guerrita, Manolete and El Córdobes.
Address: Plaza Maimónides 5, Spain

Synagogue

To the north of the Bullfighting Museum in Córdoba is the Synagogue (1315), one of the oldest surviving synagogues in Spain.
The synagogue is located in the Jewish Quarter of Córdoba, the Judería. Today it is a museum and no longer functions in a religious capacity.
Address: Calle Judíos, Spain

Puerta de Almodóvar

North of the Córdoba Synagogue is Puerta de Almodóvar, a well preserved Moorish gate at the entrance to the old Ghetto.

Plaza de las Tendillas

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In the center of Córdoba is the Plaza de las Tendillas, with an equestrian statue of the "Gran Capitán", Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba (1453-1515), a native of the town who conquered the kingdom of Naples for the Crown of Aragon.

Avenida del Gran Capitán

From the Plaza de las Tendillas Calle Conde de Gondómar runs west into the Avenida del Gran Capitán, lined with theaters, restaurants, hotels and cafes, which is a popular promenade, particularly on summer evenings.

Gran Teatro

The Gran Teatro is home to the Orchestra of Córdoba. it also features opera, classical concerts, ballet and other performances.
Address: Avenida del Gran Capitán, 3, E-14008 Córdoba, Spain

San Nicolás

Opposite the end of Avenida del Gran Capitán in Córdoba stands the fortress-like 15th century church of San Nicolás, with an elegant octagonal tower, which has a valuable treasury.

San Hipólito

North from San Nicolás in Córdoba is the collegiate church of San Hipólito, built by Alfonso XI in 1340 and rebuilt in 1729. Flanking the high altar are the modern tombs of Ferdinand IV and Alfonso XI, who were originally buried in the Cathedral's Capilla Real.

Plaza del Potro

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Northwest of the Córdoba Cathedral, near the river, is the Plaza del Potro, which gets its name from a fountain with a small figure of a colt (potro). In the square can be seen an old inn, the Mesón del Potro, in which Cervantes once stayed.

Provincial Museum of Fine Arts

Opposite the Meson del Potro is the entrance to the Provincial Museum of Art in Córdoba, housed in the former Hospital de la Caridad. It has pictures by Spanish masters, including Ribera, Murillo and Goya, and numerous works by the Córdoba-born painter Antonio del Castillo y Saavedra (1616-68).
Address: Plaza del Potro 1, Spain

Julio Romero de Torres Museum

Adjoining the Museum of Art in Córdoba is the Museo Julio Romero de Torres, with a large collection of paintings by the artist of that name (1874-1930), who was the son of the director of the Museum of Art; they are mainly portraits of women.
Address: Plaza del Porto 1, E-14002 Córdoba, Spain

San Pedro (Santiago)

To the east of the Plaza del Potro in Córdoba are the churches of San Pedro (13th century), with Moorish apses and two doorways from the original church, and Santiago, which dates from the time of the Reconquista, with a tower which was originally the minaret of a mosque.

Northeastern Córdoba

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Several churches of note are to be found in the northeastern portion of Córdoba.

Plaza de la Corredera

On the way from the Plaza del Potro to the northeast of Córdoba lies the Plaza de la Corredera, a square surrounded by arcaded houses in which bullfights used to be held.

Templo Romano

North of the Plaza de la Corredera in Córdoba, to the left of the Town Hall, are the remains of a large Roman temple of the A.D. first century.

San Pablo

In Córdoba's Calle San Pablo is the church of San Pablo (1241), with beautiful Mudéjar and Arab decoration in the interior and some fine sculpture.

Palacio de los Marqueses de Viana

The Palacio de los Marqueses de Viana in Cordoba is a princely residence with fourteen beautiful patios now houses a collection of leatherwork, fine furniture and an exhibition on falconry.
The entrance to the garden is an ornate stone pedimented gateway surmounted by the arms of the Viana family. The garden enclosed splashing fountains, formal parterres, profusion of pots, cool pebbled floors and elegant arcades. The rubber tree, bougainvillea, agaves, arum lilies, orange flowered clivia miniata, sweet jasmine, oleanders, date palms, orange and lemon trees are used in different settings.
Address: Plaza de Don Gome 2, E-14001 Córdoba, Spain

San Lorenzo

Northeast of the Plaza San Andrés in Córdoba is the Romanesque and Gothic church of San Lorenzo, with a beautiful rose window and a tower of 1555.

Other Sights

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Gardens of la Merced

The Gardens of la Merced are located in Córdoba's ancient quarter at the Convent of la Merced.

Palace of La Merced

The Provincial Government is now housed in the Palace of La Merced, a 17th C former convent.
Address: Plaza de Colón, Spain

Palma del Río - Hotel Monasterio de San Francisco

The first phase of Monasterio de San Francisco was completed in 1492. Many of the monks from this monastery founded cities in North America, such as San Francisco or Los Angeles. They also played an important role in the commerce and agriculture of that time, teaching many things, including the cultivation of oranges.
The Moreno de la Cova family restored the property as their home in the 19th century and at the end of the 20th century it was coverted into a hotel.
Address: Avd. de Pío XII, nº 35, E-14700 Palma del Río, Spain

Zoological Gardens

A wide variety of local and regional wildlifeis to be found at the Cordoba Zoological Gardens.
Address: Avenida de Linneo, E-14004 Córdoba, Spain

Paseo de la Victoria

Combined with the Diego de Rivas Gardens and the Gardens of Vallellano, the Paseo de la Victoria is a long stretch of lovely parkland in Córdoba.

Botanical Gardens

The Ethnobotanical Museum, which focuses on the relationship between man and plants, is unique in Spain.
The rest of the gardens are mainly open-air with numerous trees. A greenhouse divides the plants into a number of different climates.
Address: Avenida de Linneo, Spain

Events

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Several events are to be found in Córdoba throughout the year.

Fiesta de la Fuensanta

The Fiesta de la Fuensanta in Córdoba, the celebration of the Virgin of the Fuensanta, takes placein early September. This celebration includes the standard fair type attractions, as well as performances, fireworks, and opportunities for sampling traditional food.

Festival of Our Lady of Health (May Festival)

The Feast of Nuestra Señora de la Salud, also know as the Feria de Mayo or May festival, features food, bullfights and other facilities. The festival takes place the last week of May.

Festivity of St Raphael

St Raphael is honored on October 24 in Cordoba, with some establishments closing. A dish known as Perol, combining rice and meat, is traditionally made in conjunction with the Festivity of St Raphael.

Easter Week

Throughout the city of Cordoba during the week of Easter, 32 processions feature 60 stages of the Cross, complete with singing, nazarenes, penitents and incense.

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