Guided tour

Skip the line Great Mosque-Cathedral History Tour

Skip the line Great Mosque-Cathedral History Tour

From US$ 34.02 per person

Explore the Great Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba and learn about its origins as an Islamic mosque and history as a Catholic cathedral since the 13th century. Discover a labyrinth of beautiful columns and horseshoe arches.

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Free cancellation
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Duration 1 hour - 2.5 days
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French
Wheelchair accessible
Small group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the Great Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, considered one of the best examples of Islamic art in Spain
  • Tour a labyrinth of beautiful columns, double arcades and horseshoe arches
  • Learn how a cathedral was built inside the mosque after the Christian Conquest
  • Admire the Baroque altarpiece and the mahogany choir stalls
Full description
Explore the Great Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, a former Islamic mosque, and Catholic cathedral since the Conquest. Meet your guide at the only olive tree in the Courtyard of the Orange Trees (Patio de los Naranjos) for the start of your 1-hour history tour. Discover an amazing mixture of architectural styles, constructed over 9 centuries. Standing in the historic center of Cordoba, the Mosque-Cathedral is one of the most beautiful examples of Muslim art in Spain. It was first built in 785 by the Muslim emir Abdurrahman I, on the site of an ancient Visigoth church of San Vicente. The mosque underwent consecutive extensions over later centuries, the last carried out by Al-Mansur in 987. As a result, the interior is a labyrinth of beautiful columns with double arcades and horseshoe arches. After the Christian conquest, a cathedral was built inside, with highlights including the Baroque altarpiece and the mahogany choir stalls. At the end of your tour, your guide will help you locate a good local restaurant or tavern, if you want to savor some authentic Andalusian tapas.
Includes
  • Local qualified guide
  • Audio Receivers to listen to the guide inside the Mosque-Cathedral
  • Mosque Cathedral entrance fee
  • VAT
  • Food and drink
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Water
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 1334 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Service
    4.6/5
  • Organization
    4.5/5

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Our guide Juan Carlos was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We learned so much more than if we had gone on our own.There were only 4 on the tour, but he had to split the time between English and French. Also note that the site closes at 2 pm and reopens later in the day. The Mosque Cathedral is not to be missed in Cordoba. Thank you Juan Carlos for graciously sharing your knowledge.

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May 21, 2021

Breathtaking architecture/site and great guide-beyond expectations!

The site and tour were both incredible. Our guide was well informed, clear in her explanations and descriptions to make this complex history understandable and come to life, and she was professional, lively and engaging, and seemed to love sharing the information. We learned so much from her presentation. We’re still processing the information and this experience has spurred us to dig into the subject(s) more deeply.

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May 26, 2019

Worth the trip!

We decided to take a day trip from Seville to see the Mesquita, and it was incredible! Paki was such a phenomenal guide and we were so pleased with our experience. It was the perfect amount of time (1 hr of tour and about 10-15 min to get organized and share some history of the building). Would recommend to anyone!

November 1, 2018

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