Cordoba is one of the Spanish cities which have been greatly influenced by the Romans and Moors. They have a rich cultural heritage unique to them compared to the other Spanish countries. Cordoban’s value their culture greatly and take in efforts to preserve this. They pride themselves with their colorful history and rich culture.
A look back on Cordoba’ history, Cordoba has been founded in the Roman times and even went to be one of Europe’s countries which have reached a million inhabitants. It was the capital of Andalusa (Al-Andalus) and center and culture of learning, well thought-out to be Islamic Spain’s spiritual heart.
Gathered round the magnificent Mosque, one of the biggest in Spain, Cordoba’s streets tell of its history lined through the stones, walls and cobbled streets. Even a few of the preserved buildings tell their own stories to curious tourists. You will see significant traces of the different cultures and religions which have left their mark in Cordoba.
These cultural sways are reflected in its many notable structures and distinctive designs, also not to mention the warren of paved streets lined with orange trees and some of the most amiable squares you will find in all of Andalucía.
Here are some of the great cultural centers in Cordoba, which are must-sees for people like you, who are considering on going to this great city:
Of course; your first stop should be the Mosque or Mezquita itself. It is a mix of both Muslim and Spanish architecture which is more ways than one, reflects the city’s colorful history. In the 15th century when the Moors were overthrown from Córdoba, the Christian rulers who replaced them tore out the Mosque’s center and in turn built a cathedral within the main prayer hall. It’s like seeing two types of churches in one spectacular site. Always look out and about when you reach the interior and take note of the details, you will see both Islamic architecture in contrast with the cathedral.
The entrance to the Mosque itself will cost roughly about €8.00 per person, however entrance is free of charge between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Mondays, don’t miss out on this great deal and one of a kind opportunity to explore the largest Mosque of Spain.
Another great cultural center is the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, a castle-fortress built on the site by the Christian Monarchs in place of the former Moorish fortress. The architecture is built with Islamic preference; however, it still retains it’s Moorsigh influenced gardens and Arab baths. It is located at the Northern end of the Puente Romano.