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Córdoba: Mosque, Jewish Quarter & Synagogue Tour with Ticket

1. Córdoba: Mosque, Jewish Quarter & Synagogue Tour with Ticket

Embark on a guided tour of Córdoba with skip-the-line entry to the great Mosque-Cathedral. Follow your guide through the historical Jewish Quarter and step inside the impressive Synagogue. Meet your experienced guide outside the Mosque-Cathedral. 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. Admire the Prayer Hall, the Mihrab, and the famous red and white arches, and take pictures as you go around. Your guide will tell you about the different expansions of the building, and all the hidden details of the architecture. Next, join a walking tour around the historical Jewish Quarter, a must-do when in Córdoba. Start in Calleja de la Hoguera, where your guide will discuss the Jewish heritage of the area and its importance in the city's development. Stroll around the El Zoco artisans market, the picturesque Plaza del Cardenal Salazar, and the narrow Calleja de la luna. See the souk, the Chapel of Saint Bartholomew, and the statue of one of the most important thinkers in the world: Maimónides. Also, head inside the Synagogue, one of the best-preserved in Spain.

Cordoba: 2.5-Hour Guided Jewish Quarter and Alcazar Tour

2. Cordoba: 2.5-Hour Guided Jewish Quarter and Alcazar Tour

Join your guide at the meeting point and head to Calleja de la Hoguera, a narrow street from the Arabic era and see a historic mosque. Historians believe Cordoba once hosted over a thousand mosques in the 10th-century. From Calleja de la Hoquera you will head to the Jewish Quarter with origins from the 14th-century.  Starting in Plaza Cardenal Salazar, see the statue of Algafequi, the first doctor to operate on eyes in Europe in the 12th-century. An old hospital from the 18th-century stands there now as a university as well. Walk to Capilla Mudejar de San Bartolomé, an old arabesque style Christian chapel built by a Jewish convert. Learn about the building's hidden history from your guide who will share its secrets. Head to the souk, a craft work market with the local products typical of Cordoba. After time in the souk see a breathtaking medieval synagogue. The synagogue was built in the 14th-century and is one of the few Jewish monuments that has survived a tumultuous history.  Your tour ends at the Alcazar of the Catholic Monarchs. Learn about the history of the Catholic Monarchs and the role the Alcazar played in the city's past.

Córdoba Mosque, Jewish Quarter and Alcázar 3-Hour Tour

3. Córdoba Mosque, Jewish Quarter and Alcázar 3-Hour Tour

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage monuments of Córdoba on a guided tour of the historic city center, starting with the medieval Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos complex, known for its beautiful gardens and as one of the primary residences of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon. Learn more about the Roman, Visigoth, Muslim and Catholic monarchs and hear details about the Spanish Inquisition. Then, walk through the Jewish Quarter to see the monument to the Sephardic philosopher, Maimonides. Admire the Córdoba Synagogue and the white limestone buildings of Cardenal Salazar Square. Go to the Artisans' Souk on the way to the legendary Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba. Listen to explanations about the history of the sacred site, built on the orders of the Muslim ruler, Abd al-Rahman I in 1786.

Córdoba: Jewish Quarter & Mosque-Cathedral Walking Tour

4. Córdoba: Jewish Quarter & Mosque-Cathedral Walking Tour

Essential visit to know the history of the cultures that have coexisted in Cordoba: Discover the charm of the Jewish Quarter, where we will know some of its treasures, such as the Cardenal Salazar's Square or the wonderful patio at the Zoco (handcrafted market). Visiting the old Synagogue (closed on Mondays) you will know the flourishing past of the Jews from this city. It was built in the 14th century. And finally, you will be amazed by the beautiful Mosque-Cathedral, the heritage of the different cultures who lived in this millennial city.

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We had an excellent visit – the guided visit to the Mesquita was very informative about the history both of the city and the mosque and also full of architectural and archaeological details that made it particularly full of colour. Our guide was knowledgeable and always happy to answer questions which was superb. The second section of the tour, the Jewish quarter and synagogue, was led by Rafa – again we were able to enjoy the sightseeing and learn a lot about the history and background of what we were seeing, which added so much value – very highly recommend this tour to anybody else

Juan was an outstanding guide- worked to make the tour work for the four of us. He is extremely knowledgeable about the area and was able to give many examples of what would have been happening when in the Mosque and the Jewish neighborhood.

The guide was very knowledgeable and the story of Cordoba flowed throughout the tour. It was very busy around the Jewish quarter with many groups. He also found us shade as we went through as it was a hot day.

Enjoyed the tour. It was informative and our guide answered all of our questions.

We really enjoyed this tour. Suzanna, the guide, was excellent.