“…To Cordoba belong all the beauty and ornaments that delight the eye or dazzle the sight. Her long line of Sultans form her crown of glory; her necklace is strung with the pearls which her poets have gathered from the ocean of language; her dress is of the banners of learning, well-knit together by her men of science; and the masters of every art and industry are the hem of her garments.”



Cordoba, city in the Southern Spanish region of Andalusia. It was a major Islamic Center in the Middle Ages. One of its main features is La Mezquira, an mosque dating from ~784 A.D.


Given its small and compact size, the city of Cordoba can be walked.

Besides this, Cordoba has 15 bus lines. They usually run between 6:00 and 23:30. Tickets are 1,30 € per trip.

Even though it is pretty unusual, taxis can be stopped in the street at any time.

Cordoba can definitely be visited from Seville as a day trip.


The city of Cordoba was occupied by the Romans in 152 BC. Even though it was a “flourishing” city at the time, massacres of about 20,000 people happened during Julius Caesar’s reign.

In 711, the city of Cordoba was captured by the Muslims. In 756, the construction of the Great Mosque (Gran Mezquita) started to take place, and ending in the year 976. In these years, Cordoba saw a huge growth as a city, making it rank within the largest and most cultured city in Europe. Cordoba was quickly filled with palaces and mosques in these years.

After the civil war in early 11th century, Cordoba fell to king Ferdinand III and became part of Christian Spain. This change in Cordoba also brought a decline in culture and economy in the city.

The remains of the Moorish traditions and the buildings are what has kept Cordoba as a touristic attraction. Nowadays, Cordoba is known for the textile manufactures, manufacture of gold and silver ornaments and food processing (especially olives).


La Gran Mezquita (C. Cardenal Herrero, 1, 14003 Córdoba, Spain)

The Great Mosque- Cathedral of Cordoba is the perfect blend Between Muslim and Christian culture. The red and white double arches in the columns hide a curious secret. The hidden cross carved in the Mosque its said to be created by a Christian man who was captive by the Moors. It is called “Cross of the Captive”. Legend says he was chained to the column and he carved this Christian symbol into the marble.

Hidden behind a small iron gate the cross has a inscription that reads “This is the Holy Christ made by the captive by his nail”

This cross can be found when you enter and turn left, along the wall between the chapel of the rosary chapel of the epifany

Entrance to the Mezquita is free from 8:30-9:30 AM. Otherwise tickets are 8€

  • Main points at the Mezquita:
    • Patio de los Naranjos
    • Torre de Alminar
    • The outside of La Mezquita

The Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos

The Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and it is located in Cordoba. The gardens are full of fountains, blossom trees, and statues. Tickets are 4.50€ and are closed on Mondays

Fun Fact: Christopher Columbus walked these same floors.

Roman Bridge in Cordoba

This Roman Bridge is located across the Rio Guadalquivir. This was the first bridge Romans build in 1st Century BC.

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Author: Daniela Canizares: Miami as Text

Daniela Canizares was born and raised in Cuba and moved to Miami when she was 15 years old. She is currently working towards her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Florida International University, planning on graduating in May 2023.

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