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

1. 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.

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

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

3. 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.

Medina Azahara Guided Tour at Night

4. Medina Azahara Guided Tour at Night

Explore the former capital of al-Andalus on a guided tour of the Medina Azahara archaeological site, located on the outskirts of Córdoba. Learn about the Moorish history of Spain as you explore the remains of the medieval palace-city, built by Abd-ar-Rahman III al-Nasir when he was the Umayyad Caliph of Córdoba. Stroll around the ruins of the city under a star-filled sky and feel yourself transported back to the Middle Ages. You can book the tour with or without transportation from Córdoba for your convenience. Learn all the historical details of the city to get a better understanding of its importance and how it flourished for about 80 years in the 10th and 11th centuries. Appreciate its beauty in the soft evening light as you look at the remains of the palaces, mosques and formal gardens.

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.

Cordoba: Guided Tour of Medina Azahara at Night

6. Cordoba: Guided Tour of Medina Azahara at Night

Discover one of the greatest jewels of Córdoba on a 2-hour guided tour of the historic Medina Azahara at night. Travel by special bus to the archeological site that is 8 kilometers from the city of Cordoba. Begin your guided walk at the archeological ruins. Learn about caliphal or Islamic art of Al-Andalus and its role as an economic, social and cultural power. Since October 2017, the archaeological site has been equipped with a system of lights that allows for comfortable guided visits after dark.

Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral, Synagogue and Alcázar Guided Tour

7. 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: Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba Guided Walking Tour

8. Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba Guided Walking Tour

Discover the most emblematic monument of Al-Andalus on a tour of the extraordinary Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba. Journey back to the days when Spain and the Iberian peninsula were ruled by the Umayyad Caliphate and learn the history of the monument with the help of your guide. Stroll around the beautiful forest of ancient columns made of marble, granite, and jasper. Get explanations about the different parts of the building, from features typical of the Umayyad style to later Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque additions. Hear how power shifted over time and learn how the mosque was converted into a Catholic cathedral following the 13th-century Reconquista.

Córdoba: Medina Azahara 3-Hour Guided Tour

9. Córdoba: Medina Azahara 3-Hour Guided Tour

Explore the vast medieval palace of the Medina Azahara de Córdoba on a 3-hour guided tour, and travel back in time to the days of the Caliphate and Al-Andalus. Learn more about the first Umayyad caliph of Al-Andalus, Abderraman III. Visit the most important parts of the complex, such as the large House of Ja’far built over the site of 3 earlier houses. Admire the remains of the Pórtico de Medina Azahara and visit the Salón Rico, where the caliph Abd-ar-Rahman III would receive guests.  Benefit from the expertise of an official guide who specializes on archaeological history.

Córdoba Guided Tour of the Mosque, Jewish Quarter & Alcazar

10. Córdoba Guided Tour of the Mosque, Jewish Quarter & Alcazar

Get an in-depth introduction to the rich history of Córdoba on a comprehensive guided tour of the main monuments with an English or Spanish-speaking guide. Stroll the winding streets of the old Jewish Quarter (La Judería) to see the Souk of the Artisans, the Monument to Maimonides and the 14th-century Córdoba Synagogue. Then, marvel at the ornate tiles and rich Mudejar decorations of the Chapel of San Bartolomé. Visit the former residence of the Christian kings and queens at the magnificent Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos. End with a look at the beautiful Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba.

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What people are saying about Córdoba

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4.6 / 5

based on 5,025 reviews

Good tour, hit all of Cordoba most important sites along with giving an overview of local culture. Elena, the guide, was quite knowledgeable about a variety of topics.

We had an amazing time in Córdoba. We enjoyed very much the guided tour. Elena, our guide, knew all the details and explained us everything with patience and care.

It was great. Our Guide was an archeologist with a great knowledge. Highly recommended.

Great experience. Very impressive architecture. No waiting upon arrival.

We purchased skip the line tix with audio handsets and it was perfect