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Cordoba Mosque-Cathedral: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

1. Cordoba Mosque-Cathedral: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Learn more about the 8th-century caliphate of Abd al-Rahman I on a guided tour the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba with an art historian guide. Hear about the monument's different stages of construction, from the old Basilica of San Vicente, built during the Spanish Visigoth empire through the primitive mosque built by Abd al-Rahman I to rival the great mosques of the East. Explore successive extensions through to the time of Almanzor, ruler of Muslim Iberia under the Umayyad Caliphate of Cordoba. Hear about the Reconquista of Cordoba by the Christian armies of Fernando III, when the mosque was converted into a cathedral. Admire architectural motifs, such as the double arches that gave the building height and were considered revolutionary for their time.

Córdoba: Jewish Quarter, Synagogue, Mosque, and Alcázar Tour

2. Córdoba: Jewish Quarter, Synagogue, Mosque, and Alcázar Tour

Discover the most important monuments of Córdoba on a guided tour. Visit the Great Mosque-Cathedral, the famous Jewish Quarter with one of the best preserved synagogues in Spain, and the Alcazar of the Christian Kings with its impressive gardens. First, visit the Great Mosque-Cathedral. Its two-colored arches will take you back to this Islamic period of Córdoba. Learn about its architecture and how the cathedral was added inside the mosque. Next, visit the Jewish Quarter, the most famous historical area of the medieval quarter. Discover Calleja de la Hoguera, a street where your guide will share the origins of Jewish culture in Spain and its significance to Córdoba. Then, visit the souk, the synagogue, and the statue of Maimónides. Conclude the tour with a visit to the Alcazar of the Christian Kings. Discover the importance of this monument in the history of Córdoba and the different roles it's played.

Cordoba: Mosque-Cathedral E-Ticket with Optional Audio Guide

3. Cordoba: Mosque-Cathedral E-Ticket with Optional Audio Guide

Experience the Cordoba Mosque-Cathedral at your own pace with a skip-the-line e-ticket and a fascinating self-guided audio tour on your smartphone ( if you choose the option with the Mosque-Cathedral audio guide ). Receive your ticket by email, download the app and the audio tour on your phone before your visit, and travel back in time to experience the glory of the Cordoba Mosque-Cathedral. Put on your headphones and discover the breathtaking Outside of the Mezquita’s entrance and continue to discover Puerta del Perdón before going in to get fascinated by its unique treasures through the power of storytelling and learn historical information and uncommon stories and anecdotes regarding this construction jewel. The tour’s content results from in-depth research squeezed into brief original stories that will make your visit engaging and informative. The audio tour can be used repeatedly, anytime, before or after your visit. Waltz in Cordoba with a self-guided audio tour on your phone designed by an accredited expert. Listen to fascinating stories based on an award-winning storytelling concept and gain great insights into the most iconic landmarks of Cordoba. Start your tour from the Great Mosque of Cordoba and continue to meet the Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs, get acquainted with the San Juan de los Caballeros minaret, and be fascinated by the Palacio de los Páez de Castillejo This is an unmissable opportunity to gain valuable insights into the breathtaking Cordoba Mosque-Cathedral and relate to your surroundings in an entirely original way.

Cordoba: Caballerizas Reales Equestrian Show Entry Ticket

4. Cordoba: Caballerizas Reales Equestrian Show Entry Ticket

Enjoy a unique experience in a building full of history. The Andalusian horse and flamenco united in the historic center of the city of Cordoba. The perfection of classical dressage, cowboy dressage and high school, fused with flamenco with a dancer who accompanies the movements of the horse. With an approximate duration of 70 minutes, we show you our horses, created and born to walk with the sun, to dazzle with their beauty, to amaze with their elegance. And what better setting than the Royal Stables of Cordoba, created in the sixteenth century for the realization of a dream.

Cordoba Mosque, Synagogue & Jewish Quarter Tour with Tickets

5. Cordoba Mosque, Synagogue & Jewish Quarter Tour with Tickets

Explore Cordoba’s Mosque-Cathedral, one of the most visited monuments in Spain. Its construction Began in the 8th century and it became the second-largest mosque in the world. On this 2.5-hour guided tour you’ll discover the interior that features a forest of columns along with double arches, the Maqsura, the Mihrab and the impressive chorus located close to the Mayor Chapel. In the 13th century, under Ferdinand III, the mosque was converted into a Catholic cathedral. In addition, you’ll tour the city’s historic Jewish Quarter. Located near the Mosque-Cathedral, it is one the most visited areas in Cordoba. See the Synagogue, the Jewish Street, the Arabic market (Zoco) and the bronze statue of Maimonides.

Córdoba: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Mosque-Cathedral Guided Tour

6. Córdoba: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Mosque-Cathedral Guided Tour

Meet your experienced guide who will have a profound knowledge of both the Mosque-Cathedral itself and its contents. After being provided with a headset, start your tour by listening to an introduction to the history of the mosque. Explore the courtyard of the complex, called the Patio de los Naranjos. Soak up the atmosphere of this peaceful space with lots of greenery, and marvel at the beautiful Bell Tower. Then skip the ticket line to enter the monument without any hassle. Follow your guide as they take you around the mosque. Hear about its design, and why the monument is one of the most important buildings in Islamic architecture. Admire the Prayer Hall, the Mihrab, and the famous red and white arches. Learn about the construction of the Mosque-Cathedral in the 8th century. Find out from your guide about the different expansions of the building, and all the hidden details of the architecture.

Cordoba: Alcazar Guided Tour and Skip-the-Line Ticket

7. Cordoba: Alcazar Guided Tour and Skip-the-Line Ticket

Discover the fort-cum-palace of the Catholic kings on a guided tour of Cordoba’s Alcazar. Built on the remains of Moorish palace, the Alcazar has been witness to dozens of historical events of great importance. Follow in the footsteps of Christopher Columbus, who met Fernando and Isabel here in 1486. Learn about its time as the headquarters of the Spanish Inquisition. Stroll through remarkable rooms, such as the Salón de los Mosaicos (Hall of Mosaics). See the crenellated towers, and the Patio Morisco baths with their Moorish motifs. Climb the tower for panoramic views of the gardens. Then, take a stroll through the landscaped gardens to see features such as pools, fish ponds, fountains and orange trees.

Cordoba's Authentic Patios: 2-Hour Tour with Tickets

8. Cordoba's Authentic Patios: 2-Hour Tour with Tickets

Discover the Cordovan Courtyards, known as patios in Spanish, a main attraction in Cordoba. Learn about the origin of the patios on this 2-hour tour around the Alcazar Viejo neighborhood, and visit the interior of well-preserved houses. Experience the local way of life in this area of the old city. Enter 5 private patios where the owners will tell you about the decorative detail and how they take care of the flowers. Find out more about the Courtyard Festival held in May of each year. The patios were declared a World Heritage tradition by UNESCO in 2012. Although they are beautiful throughout the year, the best time to visit is March, April or May. During the patios festival (1st fortnight of may) we will visit the Patios in the neighbourhoods of San Francisco and Santiago. These neighbourhoods are very popular in Cordoba and have some of the best patios of the festival.

From Seville: Córdoba and Carmona Full-Day Tour

9. From Seville: Córdoba and Carmona Full-Day Tour

Embark on a day out to Córdoba and Carmona from Seville. Enjoy a guided day trip to explore this UNESCO-listed Mezquita and hear all about the historic center of Carmona from your guide. See the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba and admire the stunning Andalusian countryside. Depart from Seville in the morning and drive to Córdoba. Discover landmarks such as the Córdoba Synagogue and the natural wonder of the Sotos de la Albolaifa. Stop at Carmona, marvel at the built ridge overlooking the central plain of Andalusia, and enjoy the stunning views. Continue to Córdoba, once home to Romans, Moors, Catholics, and other civilizations. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, the city's attractions include a Roman bridge, the Torre de la Calahorra, and the streets of the Jewish Quarter. Visit the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba to discover a gem of Islamic art. Inside the mosque, make the most of a complete audio guide in whatever language you require. Then, enjoy some free time for lunch or shopping.

Cordoba: Jewish Quarter and Mosque-Cathedral Guided Tour

10. Cordoba: Jewish Quarter and Mosque-Cathedral Guided Tour

Explore the history of Cordoba on a guided walking tour of its main monuments. Starting from the historic heart of the city, discover the Córdoba Synagogue, Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, Judería de Cordoba, and more. Departing from the Monument to the Lovers, visit the Synagogue (except on Mondays, Sundays and Festivities), where the main door is profusely decorated with Mudejar plasterwork, and three small balconies form a trefoil archway with inscriptions from the psalms.  Stroll through the complex network of small streets that make up the historic Jewish Quarter, enjoying the typical Andalusian flavor, and stop in decorative squares and streets to take in the sights. Round of your tour at the Great Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, where the mixture of architectural styles reveals nine centuries of Cordoba history. Go inside to see the labyrinth of beautiful columns, double arcades, and horseshoe arches. Discover how a Catholic cathedral was constructed inside the Islamic mosque, with Byzantine mosaics crafted from marble. At the end of the trip, your guide will be happy to point you in the direction of local restaurants and taverns if you want to sample some authentic Andalusian tapas (cost not included).

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What a stunning place to see! We had a wonderful Tour Guide, Maria, who gave us a lot of information, answered our questions and was very funny. She wasn't in a hurry, was patient with our hundreds of pictures and also took pictures of my husband and I. Definitely recommend seeing the Alcázar, worth your time and money. We went in January and even though it was cold, we had the sun shining and were able to enjoy the place more as it wasn't packed.

Exceptional local historical knowledge mixed with some light hearted moments. Well thought out chronological tour through the stunning Mosque-Cathedral - truly awesome. Thoughtful and sensitive recounting of Jewish-Muslim-Catholic history.

We enjoyed our day trip to Cordoba. It’s a long day with about 3 hours in a van or bus, however it’s worth it and highly recommend it. Our tour guide, Luca was very knowledgeable and friendly. He made our trip more pleasant and memorable.

The tour guide Susan was very knowledgeable. My two teenagers were very interested if thought it was a very intense 3-hour session. Highly recommend!

Jesus the tour guide was great! Loved his style. Very interesting place to visit and thankful for the opportunity!!!