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Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba Skip-the-Line Ticket

1. Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba Skip-the-Line Ticket

Enter the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, the largest mosque in the Muslim West, and a unique temple in both the Islamic and Christian world. Admire the architectural styles of the Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque periods, and learn why this house of worship was named a heritage site in 1984. Explore the second largest mosque in the world, spanning 23,400 square meters. Notice the distinct shift in designs, as the Mosque was consecrated as a cathedral nearly 500 years after initial construction. Wander the inner courtyard, Patio de los Naranjos, and feel the serenity from the lovingly-kept greenery. Visit the prayer room, the mihrab, and the Rojiblancos arches. Add an audio guide to learn more about its expansive and turbulent history.

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

2. 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: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Mosque-Cathedral Guided Tour

3. 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 Mosque, Synagogue & Jewish Quarter Tour with Tickets

4. 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: Mosque-Cathedral, Synagogue and Alcázar Guided Tour

5. Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral, Synagogue and Alcázar Guided Tour

Look inside the most important monuments of Córdoba on a guided tour to learn more about the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish influence in the city. Skip the lines to the 8th-century Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba and marvel at its columns and double arches. Admire the mihrab (apse) of the former mosque, and stroll through the Jewish Quarter to see the synagogue, Arabic market, and bronze statue of the medieval Sephardic philosopher, Maimonides. End with a tour inside the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, one of the primary residences of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon.

Cordoba: Alcazar of Christian Monarchs 1–Hour Guided Tour

6. Cordoba: Alcazar of Christian Monarchs 1–Hour Guided Tour

Begin your visit in the gardens of the Alcazar and admire the ponds, flowers and plants, while you learn about their physiognomy and history. Visit places like the Walk of the Kings to take a photo of the most well-known monument. Little by little, head inwards visiting the baths of Doña Leonor de Guzman, created in Arab style in the 14th century. At the end of the visit, enter the mosaic room and admire the beauty of these original mosaics made in Roman times. Marvel at a Roman sarcophagus in a perfect state of conservation.

Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral & Alcazar Guided Tour

7. Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral & Alcazar Guided Tour

During the visit, discover the 2 most splendid monuments of the Muslim and Christian era in the country. With an approximate duration of 2 hours, your guide will explain and show the origins of these 2 monuments. First, see the Mosque-Cathedral, its unique building, and its extension. See how after the Christian Reconquest, part of this building became the Cathedral of Córdoba. Enjoy the gardens and wonderful views in the Alcazar and immerse yourself in a sea of columns inside the Mosque-Cathedral with a specialized guide that will make you immerse yourself in the Islamic and Christian cultures. Then, head over to the Alcazar, the Royal Palace which in medieval times was the seat of the Inquisition.

Córdoba: Medina Azahara 3-Hour Guided Tour

8. Córdoba: Medina Azahara 3-Hour Guided Tour

Explore the vast medieval palace of the Medina Azahara de Córdoba on a 3-hour guided tour, and travel back in time to the days of the Caliphate and Al-Andalus. Choose from a tour with or without roundtrip transportation to and from Córdoba in an airconditioned van.  Visit the most important parts of the complex, such as the large House of Ja’far built over the site of 3 earlier houses. Admire the remains of the Pórtico de Medina Azahara and visit the Salón Rico, where the caliph Abd-ar-Rahman III would receive guests.  Learn more about the first Umayyad caliph of Al-Andalus, Abderraman III.Benefit from the expertise of an official guide who specializes on archaeological history.

From Seville: Cordoba and Mosque-Cathedral Full-Day Tour

9. From Seville: Cordoba and Mosque-Cathedral Full-Day Tour

Depart Seville and take a scenic 1.5-hour drive to Córdoba, passing beautiful sights along the way. Arrive in the city, once considered the light of the world for its cultural treasures and many libraries, medical schools, and universities. Conquered by Muslim armies in the eighth century, it became the capital of the Islamic Emirate and then the Caliphate of Córdoba, flourishing under the second Caliph, Al-Hakam II. Admire the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba with a priority access pass, and see the golden mosaics and endless rows of red and white striped arches.  Stroll past hundreds of striped sugarcane columns and absorb the ecclesiastical elegance of the Moorish mosque. Gaze at elegant domes as your guide offers a captivating commentary about Córdoba’s most alluring attraction Enter the narrow streets of the Jewish Quarter and see whitewashed houses full of flowers. Discover the only synagogue in Andalusia, and stroll along Calle de las Flores to experience one of the most beautiful streets in Córdoba. Benefit from some free time to walk around on your own, do some shopping and enjoy a traditional lunch. Then, journey back to Seville and get dropped off at your hotel.

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

10. 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.

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Our tour was of the Alcazar, the Jewish Quarter and the Mosque, but really, the Alcazar was nothing but the gardens that were built in the 1950’s, and the Jewish Quarter was a little better but the show stopper was the mosque. One word; wow! Do yourself a favour and skip the Alcazar and Jewish Quarter and just tour the Mosque. You won’t be disappointed.

our guide was so well versed and excited about the political, religious, and architectural history. I do not think I would have appreciated the cathedral half as much without the explanation. This was definitely a high point of my trip.

The tour was punctual, meeting point is easy to find and the tour operator is quick to respond to our inquiry, the mosque-cathedral itself is magnificent with so much history

Try to include tickets dor the alkazar because I couldn’t make for the same day

Best thing to see in Spain! Fantastic mosce with a huge cathedral inside!