The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordova
In the heart of the capital stands the Mosque of Cordova, one of the most identifiable monuments of the city because of the importance it had over time and the grandeur of the building itself. It is currently known as Mosque-Cathedral and although it has its roots in the eighth century, it has undergone many changes until the sixteenth century. Named a Site of Cultural Interest and designated as a World Heritage Site by Unesco, the Mosque-Cathedral has a high level of tourism, many days a year, it has a large public in its interior to visit it.
Characteristic of the Mosque
The building consists of several parts, which have been built throughout history. The best known part are The Palm Trees (columns with double arches), which is the image that represents Cordova as a tourist identity. It also has a space dedicated to religious worship, since since the conquest of the Caliphate of Cordoba by the Christian Monarchs, the place was adapted as a church, to get the current state it has, now as a Cathedral.
To visit the monument in all its splendor there are several options, one of them is directed through a project known as ‘The soul of Cordova’. This route has light as the main driving axis, being the visit at night discovering its artistic, cultural and religious value in a different way. The Mosque-Cathedral contains the history of Cordova, where visitors can travel to various worlds as they cross their different areas.
Yard of the Orange Trees
The Yard of the Oranges Trees is the first thing we find when entering the enclosure of the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordova. In fact, in the Muslim era this was the ablution yard, where the faithful performed the ritual of purification before entering the prayer area. Today it is a large yard with several fountains and a large number of orange trees planted strategically to maintain a cool environment on the hottest days.The vegetation of the Yard is completed with palm trees and cypresses.
On the walls and roofs that delimit the courtyard of the Mosque you will be able to see original wooden beams that are exposed. These beams and panels of the Mosque can still be observed even though they were replaced in successive restorations of the monument.
There are four arched doors through which the Yard of the Oranges Trees is accessed, one of which is next to the Bell Tower. Upon entering this yard you can breathe a quiet and peaceful atmosphere, despite the large number of visitors it receives.
Night visit “The Soul of Córdoba”
To visit the monument in all its splendor there are several options, one of them is directed through a project known as ‘The soul of Cordova’. This route has light as the main driving axis, being the visit at night discovering its artistic, cultural and religious value in a different way. The Mosque contains the history of Cordova, where visitors can travel to various worlds as they cross their different areas.
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Construction of the Mosque
The Mosque of Cordova begins to be built in the year 786 on the remains of a Christian church that existed in the place. Its first extension took place from the year 833. The second extension that received the monument was in the year 962, growing towards the south.
In the year 991 it expanded to the east, almost doubling its previous surface.In the 16th century, after the reconquest of the city by the Catholic Monarchs, the Cathedral was built in the center of what was previously a mosque. The minaret was extended to what is now known as the Mosque-Cathedral tower.
Mosque of Cordova free
Those born and residents in Cordova can visit the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordova for free, you just have to prove it through the D.N.I. at the entrance. Children under 10 can also visit the monument for free.For all others, visits to the mosque are free from Monday to Saturday from 8:30 am. at 9:30 a.m. As long as there are no extraordinary celebrations. Nor can you enter the Mosque-Cathedral as a group at this time.
Shcedules and prices
- Visit Cathedral mosque
Winter timetable (from November to February)
Open to visits from 10: 00h. at 6:00 p.m.
Summer time (from March to October)
Open to visits from 10: 00h. at 7:00 p.m.
The price of admission is € 10, for children from 10 to 14 years the price is € 5.
Admission is free for births or residents in Cordoba, children under 10 years accompanied by an adult, and holders of the “card” Andalusia Board 65 “.
From Monday to Saturday you can visit the mosque for free from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. except the days when there are extraordinary celebrations.
- View of the Bell Tower
The bell tower can be visited in passes every half hour, from 8:30 am. the price is € 2, except for those born and residents in Córdoba, who have free admission.
- The soul of Córdoba
The night tour has two passes, at 9:30 p.m. and at 11:00 p.m.
The price of admission is € 18, for pensioners, handicapped people and students you are 26 years old, the price is € 9.
Admission is free for children under 7 years old accompanied by an adult (without audio guide)
Check more schedule information here.
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