Visit to Mosque-Cathedral and Jewish Quarter: Part of this route takes in the medieval Jewish quarter of Cordoba, full of evocative places steeped in history, past whitewashed facades and down narrow, winding streets. We pass by Plaza Tiberias, dedicated to Jewish philosopher Maimonides, a philosopher, physician, translator and theologian from Cordoba, whose thinking revolutionized the intellectual circles of his time. We also have the chance to enter the 14th century Sephardic synagogue and admire the surviving traces of its original Mudejar decoration. It is the only synagogue in Andalusia to have survived the expulsion of the Jews in 1492.
The Mosque-Cathedral is the star attraction in the second part of our route. This superb monument is the emblem of the city, and its unique blend of different forms of religious expression and breathtaking architecture only serve to emphasise the message that the two religions have more in common than we think. This veritable artistic jewel is a faithful reflection of Cordoba’s history and leads us to a clearer understanding of our past and present.
All in all, this guided tour takes us on a trip through the three monotheistic religions, from the former Great Mosque converted into Cathedral to one of the few synagogues from before the expulsion of the Jews still standing in Spain.
Availability: Every day of the year except Mondays, when the synagogue is closed. (However, the walk in the Jewish Quarter can still go ahead).
Visit to Historic Center: The expansive history of a city such as Córdoba, an ancient city, causes its immense historical and archaeological heritage to be a true compendium of the civilizations and cultures that left their mark here. Enjoy a comprehensive tour of the city let by a historian. This will provide you with a magnificent opportunity to enjoy an authentic cultural experience, while at the same time, enjoying a complete History and Archaeology class appropriate for everyone.The Bridge Gate: Roman Córdoba was a walled town that expanded out to the river during the 1st century AD when the first emperors reconstructed the city. Córdoba has many entrances, but the main one stood in the same place as the Puerta del Puente or the bridge gate (16th century) stands today.
The famous Jewish quarter and the monuments of historical Cordoba in which Jews, Muslims and Christians lived together, including The Synagogue, one of three old synagogues that remain in Spain; The impressive walls of the islamic Omeyan Alcázar and the Christian Monarchs’ Alcázar; Calle Judíos, the street at the centre of the Jewish quarter that gets to Plaza Tiberíades, wich pays homage to Maimonides, a great Jewish philosopher, theologian and doctor; Córdoba’s municipal souq, or zoco in Spanish, an open-air market established in the 1950s inside a 16th century Renaissance-Mudejar palace.
Visit to Medina Azahara: The Caliph Abderrahman III had this magnificent palace city built just after proclaiming the Umayyad Caliphate. Today, the archaeological site lies about 8 km from Cordoba at the foot of the Sierra Morena mountains, a site which captivated the caliph over a thousand years ago and even today entrances visitors with its beauty and history.
The visit to Medina Azahara is a journey back in time. Here, unlike other Cordoban monuments, there are no superimposed remains from different eras nor reused materials from other civilizations – all the materials used here were new. Columns, capitals, bronze and marble were used to create the Caliph’s lavish project of building a gleaming new city from which govern one of the most learned, advanced and prosperous kingdoms of the 11th century world. All to no avail, as his fleeting dream was smashed to smithereens soon after by war, barbarism and pillage.Now, thanks to the archaeological excavations and studies carried out for over a century, we can learn all about the city and how it was built and destroyed. It is our pleasure to guide you on this walk through history and help you unlock the secrets of this intriguing place, which we hope will soon be declared a World Heritage Site.
Visit of Roman Cordoba:
During this thematic visit, will travel back in time to the origins of the city founded by Claudio Marcelo beyond the second century B.C. Córdoba was the capital of “Hispania Ulterior” during the Republic. With Emperor Augustus city enjoyed its greatest splendor, with status of Colonia Patricia. Will begin tour in the funeral monuments of “Puerta Gallegos”, discover the greatness of the Temple Claudio Marcelo Street, and the largest Roman theater in the country. In the Archaeological and Ethnological Museum will know the wreckage found during this time, a wonderfull collection. This visit finish at the famous “Puente Romano”, essential to understand the history of this lovely city.
Visit of Sephardic Córdoba : Of all the cultures that have lived in Cordoba, Sephardic perhaps the least known. This visit will seek to add value to this rich legacy. Sefarad is the name, in Hebrew, is given to the territory comprising the Iberian Peninsula. So understand as Sephardic Jews who lived in Spain before their expulsion at the hands of the Catholic Monarchs in 1492. Many of them emigrated, see where others chose to remain Jewish converts were called. The Guided Tour of the Córdoba Sephardic try to rescue from oblivion those aspects of Sephardic culture that have endured in our city, and many of us do not know, but they are still very present. Talk about the place that occupied the Sephardim in the Cordovan society, we will also do their customs, cuisine, music … visit the Jewish Quarter, neighborhood, synagogue, temple, and the Casa de Sefarad, the museum dedicated to his memory. We end with a typical tapa and a Cordoba´s beer.