Cordoba, a World Heritage site, is also a Mecca of great architectural finds. Because of its rich history it has a number of religious monuments and other structures that will surely leave you at awe. You would really love taking photos of them all.
The Mosque-Cathedral with the buildings and streets that are surrounding it has been named as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994. In its different sections you will be able to see the Omeyan style of the building. While in other parts you will also see the different styles of Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque incorporated. The building served as a Mosque at one point in time and a Church in another time. The most notable feature about the Mosque-Cathedral is the huge arches that comprised of red and white columns. These were made up of marble, onyx, jasper and granite. Try to get there around 9 am when entry is free (at 10am it is 8 euros) and before tour groups pour in. You can find the Mezquita at Calle Cardenal Herrero.
The Synagogue that was built by architect in 1315 Isaac Moheb follows the Mudejar style. This is another great architectural edifice in Cordoba that you shouldn’t miss. In the entire Spain, it is one of the most preserved Medieval Synagogues. Just 2 blocks west of the Mezquita, you will be astounded by its exquisite interior design. You can access this Hebrew temple through a street called “Los Judios”. Aside from the Mudejar-style plant patterns that are decorated all over its main hall, the Synagogue also has three arches that are filled with decorative plasterwork in the women’s tribune. You can experience all of this for as low as 0, 30 Euros. The Synagogue is available from Tuesdays to Fridays. Córdoba’s old Jewish quarter (Juderia in Spanish) consists of a fascinating network of narrow lanes, more atmospheric and less commercialized. The Quarter is the best-known part of Cordoba’s historic centre, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984. Also known as Barrio Blanco (White Quarter), it is located within Barrio Judeo and you can enter there as you go on foot. Another great thing about this spot is that entry is free.
The other monuments in Cordoba that you will be in awe of its architecture are the Royal Stables with its sandstone pillar-supported vaulted ceiling can provide entertainment for the whole family in a stunning monumental setting. It is a part of the Alcazar fortress at Calle Caballerizas Reales. The pure-bred Andalusian horses and their skilled riders showcase a delightful Equestrian Show. Admission is free but if you want to marvel on their shows, there is a fee of 15 Euros.
The Castle of Christian Monarchs with its solid defensive walls and its fortress that is almost rectangular shaped beholds one of the most beautiful gardens of Andalusia. Take time to gaze at the third century Roman sarcophagus, with its reflections on life and death. You can locate this castle at Calle Caballerizas Reales. Enter the castle at its reduced price of 2, 25 Euros. For your kids it is absolutely free.
The Medina Azahara (City of the Caliphs) is a magnificent and mysterious palace built at the foot of the Sierra Morena, spills down over three terraces with the caliph’s palace-city on the highest terrace overlooking what would have been the court and town. Get to see the exulted palace-city at 1, 50 Euros.
The alahorra Tower houses the Institute for Dialogue between Cultures. 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. Come learn in this museum within a Moorish fortress at a price of 4, 50 Euros. There are special discounts for senior citizens, students and children below 8 years of age. The tower museum is built in Puente Romano and is open for tourists everyday.