Cordoba

Cordoba

Touristic attactions in the Historial Center:

Cordoba is one of the most popular destinations for cultural tourism. In a city full of monuments, the largest and grandest of them all is the Mosque-Cathedral that stands in the heart of the Old Town.

Cordoba city boasts a prodigious cultural and monumental heritage from the civilizations that settled there in the past. In 1994, the UNESCO recognised the universal importance of the city’s historical assets by extending the World Heritage Site to include not only the Mosque, but also the Cathedral (in 1984) and the surrounding urban setting.

The World Heritage Site encompasses traces of Cordoba’s splendour during certain historical periods. The bridge over the Guadalquivir, the Alcázar fortress and theTemple of Claudius Marcellus point to the city’s Roman heritage. The Great Mosque belongs to Moorish Cordoba (8th-13th centuries). The Judería or Jewish Quarter is evidence of Jewish presence in the city during the Middle Ages. The Alcázar fortress of the Christian Monarchs and the Calahorra Tower are two examples of the medieval Christian period. A Renaissance addition to the Mosque in the early modern period meant a reaffirmation of the temple’s role as a Cordoba’s Mosque is a unique example of Moorish religious architecture, the most relevant testimony of the caliphate of Cordoba, when the city was said to have more than 300 mosques and countless palaces, rivalling in splendour with the cities of Constantinople and Baghdad.

 

Touristic attactions in Madinat Al-Zahra:

Madinat Al-Zahra is a legendary palatial and administrative city built to serve as political and ideological propaganda for the new caliphate. The city exuded luxury and beauty from its very foundations. It was erected in 936. Its rectangular layout was arranged on a series of terraces, overlooked by the fortress. The latter was divided into two areas, one private and the other for receptions, where architecture became art to the astonishment of visitors. The most notable room is the Throne Room, covered in costly materials and exquisite decorations, which was the ultimate destination of the ambassadors who came to the city.