The travel guide to Córdoba includes visiting the mosque-cathedral or the remains of the Azahara in the outskirts of the city. This will surely entertain you on your weekend visit. If you plan to stay for a longer period, we recommend visiting Montoro (east), Montilla (south), and can even pay a visit to the Hornachuelos Mountain Range. This travel guide to Córdoba includes the most important sights in Córdoba´s old town. Which are the Mosque-Cathedral, the Jewish Quarter, Alcázar and San Basilio Quarter.
Our visit to through the Mosque-Cathedral is divided into the inner and outter part of the building.
Regarding the Exterior, we recommend the Deanes Gate (8th-9th centuries), the San Miguel Gate, the Grada Redonda (1738) and Santa Catalina (16th century) entrances. As well as the Perdón Gate (with a spectacular arch remodeled in 1371) and the Caño Gordo Gate (16th-18th centuries).
Now the Interior, there are many important sights you must not take for granted. Such as, the main marble altarpiece from the 17th century by Alonso Matías; the tabernacle (1653) which holds several paintings such as the Asunción by Palomino (18th century), and the choir stalls by Pedro Duque Cornejo. As well as the Royal Chapel, fostered by king Enrique II in 1371 with Mudejar architecture. In the southern part of the wall we can find Santa Teresa Chapel, the Main Sacristy of the Cathedral (1697-1703), and San Clemente Chapel (set up by Alfonso X in 1262). In the western part of the wall we find the Santísima Trinidad Chapel. Lets conitnue on our travel guide to Córdoba.
Next to the River Gudalquivir we can find Plaza del Triunfo, with the monument to the archangel San Rafael; the Bridge Gate (1575). Others include the Roman Bridge which ends in the Calahorra Tower, housing the Three Cultures Museum; and the San Sebastián Hospital (1514-516). Presently this is the Congress and Exhibitions Palace.
Up next on our travel guide to Córdoba, the Arab baths of Santa María. From the Caliphate period, it situated in Velázquez Bosco street, which was also a prison and a theatrical courtyard in the past. If you continue walking down the street you will find the Flowers Alley (full of beautiful plants decorating the area), the Dukes Medina Sidonia House (1636), and located in Jerónimo Páez plaza (where the Archeological Museum is placed) the Jewish Man House. If we continue via Julio Romero de Torres street, we will reach the Portillo Arch (one of the three gates from the Medival wall that is still preserved). Continuing northeast, we will head to the San Francisco Church, which holds inside some Baroque works by San Pedro de Alcántara, Pedro de Mena, and other interesting artists.
Alcazar of the Christian Kings
One of the most interesting spots in our travel guide to Córdoba is the Potro Plaza in Romero Barros street. Here there is an inn where Don Quixote loged. The Charity of our Lord Jesus Christ is located here as well. It houses the Fine Arts Museum (paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries). Next, is the Corredera Plaza (13th century). Where the Señores of Angulo House (end of the 16th century) and the Prison and House of the Magistrate (16th century) are located. The houses metioned above host a market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Another stop in our travel guide to Córdoba is the Jewish Quarter. This extends from the mosque, to the walls, and up to the Almodóvar Gate. This neighborhood has narrow, whitewashed streets made of tiles and plowshares. The main spot in this quarter, is in Judíos and Tiberíades street, and in Judá Leví and Maimónides plazas. This is the place where the papal bulls were sold in the past. Some other interesting main sights in our travel guide to Córdoba are the Flowers Plaza, the Sefarad House, and the Andalusian House. Others included are the Caliphal Baths, and the Synagogue built between the years 1315-1316 by Isaac Mejeb.
San Basilio Quarter Alcázar stands out due to it being ordered to be built by Alfonso XI. This was between the years 1328 and 1359. The Catholic Kings ruled from the time construction began. Included the Inquisition Tower and adaption to rooms in the Headquarters of the Court Holy Office. This building was later used as a prison by the four towers protecting the building. The gardens of the Alcazar are a obligary stop in out travel guide to Córdoba. Inside the fortress are located the Royal Baths, the Hall of Mosaics, and the Mudejar Courtyard and the Weapons Plaza.
The Royal Stables (1570) allow you to enjoy a horse show. If you go down through the several churches in the area, you will eventually reach the Culture House. The Plaza Mayor is arcaded with various houses from the 16th and 17th centuries. From the Ángel Gómez Inguanzo Plaza, in the southeast of the Plaza Mayor, you can see the 1783 Cross Chapel. Facing this chapel, you can visit the Ethnographic Museum housed by the Gutiérrez de Mier Palace-House (15th century). Upon completing this travel guide to Córdoba, you will have seen all of the sites that make this city so unique to visit.