Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba

Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

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

2. 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.

Córdoba: Mezquita-Catedral Tickets with Audio Guide

3. Córdoba: Mezquita-Catedral Tickets with Audio Guide

Explore the grounds of Mezquite-Catedral, the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, with a digital ticket and audio guide. Access the Patio de los Naranjos as well as the ornate interior to see why people of all faiths are drawn to this UNESCO World Heritage site. Use your downloadable audio guide to discover the symbolism hidden throughout the Mosque-Cathedral and deepen your understanding of Andalusian art and Muslim-Christian relations in Spain. Skip the ticket line to spend more time strolling the massive halls and the pristine Patio de los Naranjos. See the Alminar bell tower that was once a minaret and the magnificently detailed Royal Chapel to appreciate the unique blend of Rennaissance and Muslim architecture. Pause at the sacred Mihrab and the choir of the Main Chapel for a wondrous experience of Andalusian culture and history.

Córdoba: Jewish Quarter, Synagogue, Mosque, and Alcázar Tour

4. Córdoba: Jewish Quarter, Synagogue, Mosque, and Alcázar Tour

Enjoy an enriching experience on a guided walking tour through the jewels of Córdoba. Stop by the Alcazar of the Catholic Kings, tour the Great Mosque-Cathedral, stroll through the Jewish Quarter, and visit the synagogue, with all entrance fees included. Listen to insightful commentary from your guide. Commence your tour of Córdoba at Plaza del Cardenal Salazar and learn the history of the Jewish Sephardi Quarter. Discover an old synagogue converted into an Arabic-style chapel. Next, go to the souk, reminiscent of an 18th-century building in the style of an Arabic bazaar or typical Córdoba craft market. Continue to the 14th-century Córdoba Synagogue, built in the medieval era. Experience first-hand what life was like in the city at the 12th-century Casa Andalusí. Next, explore the Jewish Quarter and learn more about Al-Andalus and Córdoba from your guide. Enter the Doña Leonor Baths baths of the Arabic Palace before taking a tour inside the Alcazar of the Catholic Monarchs. See the official residence of the Christian kings and hear about its many secrets. Get a breathtaking view of the city and its enchanting gardens. Finally, admire the staggeringly beautiful Mezquita Cathedral (Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba).

Cordoba Mosque, Synagogue & Jewish Quarter Tour with Tickets

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

6. 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.

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.

Cordoba: Jewish Quarter and Mosque-Cathedral Guided Tour

8. Cordoba: Jewish Quarter and Mosque-Cathedral Guided Tour

Explore the history of Cordoba on a guided walking tour of its main monuments. Starting from the historic heart of the city, discover the Córdoba Synagogue, Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, Judería de Cordoba, and more. Departing from the Monument to the Lovers, visit the Synagogue, where the main door is profusely decorated with Mudejar plasterwork, and three small balconies form a trefoil archway with inscriptions from the psalms.  Stroll through the complex network of small streets that make up the historic Jewish Quarter, enjoying the typical Andalusian flavor, and stop in decorative squares and streets to take in the sights. Round of your tour at the Great Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, where the mixture of architectural styles reveals nine centuries of Cordoba history. Go inside to see the labyrinth of beautiful columns, double arcades, and horseshoe arches. Discover how a Catholic cathedral was constructed inside the Islamic mosque, with Byzantine mosaics crafted from marble. At the end of the trip, your guide will be happy to point you in the direction of local restaurants and taverns if you want to sample some authentic Andalusian tapas (cost not included).

Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral, Synagogue and Alcázar Guided Tour

9. 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.

Córdoba City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

10. Córdoba City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Córdoba has historically attracted travelers and civilizations because of its location on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, as well as for its sunny climate and its natural resources. Romans, Arabs, Jews, and Christians have all left their mark on the city of Córdoba with monumental buildings, works of art, and advanced infrastructure. During your time in Córdoba, see the main highlights of the city with a 24 hour hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus pass. Enjoy a complete trip lasting 1 hour and 20 minutes, or get off and back on at places that interest you the most. With this pass, you can marvel at the masterpieces of the Mezquita, the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, the Torre de la Calahorra, the Palacio de la Merced, and the Roman Temple. Visit the city of Medina Azahara, built by the caliph Abd al-Rahman III, in the image of his greatness. See museums and learn about cultural festivals, and experience the city to its fullest at any of the tours 17 stops. Stop 1 - Parada Panorámica del Río - Torre de la Calahorra Stop 2 - Parada Jardin Botánico - Zoológico Stop 3 - Parada Ciudad de los Niños Stop 4 - Parada San Basilio Stop 5 - Parada Puerta de Almodovar Stop 6 - Parada Mercado de la Victoria Stop 7 - Parada Gran Capitán Stop 8 - Parada Estación de Trenes/Autobuses Stop 9 - Parada Palacio de la Merced - Diputación Stop 10 - Parada Malmuerta - Sanata Marina Stop 11 - Parada Plaza Corazón de María Stop 12 - Parada San Lorenzo Stop 13 - Parada Realejo - San Andrés Stop 14 - Parada Ayuntamiento - Templo Romano Stop 15 - Parada Arco del Portillo Stop 16 - Parada Puente Romano (Ronda de Isasa) Stop 17 - Parada Baños Califales - Alcázar

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What people are saying about Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba

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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.

It was a great experience for me and my family. The motor coaches were comfortable. The side excursions were very nice. A lot of walking on uneven surfaces. Wear good and comfortable shoes are.

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!