Córdoba, an Andalusian city of Spain is the perfect one night getaway from the city of Seville. Once the capital of Islamic Spain, Córdoba is a living example of a splendid multi-cultural history which is visible through its Roman bridge alongside a Mosque now converted into a Cathedral. The Mezquita built in 780-785 AD, is the landmark of the city around which the city sprouted and today the city holds many more site of interests including the streets of blue potted plants, the hidden plazas, the Alcazar, roman bridge, the Light of Culture Show in the night and much more. Considered among the hottest cities in Europe, Córdoba should be avoided in the months of July and August with temperatures rising to 47-48 degree Celsius.
Dating back to 600 AD, the Mezquita-Catedral (Mosque-Cathedral) once a Visgothic church, was purchased by Abd al-Rahman I (founder of Muslim dynasty) in 784 AD who demolished and constructed it to a mosque which today has a Catholic Church standing on it very centre. One can see the amalgamation of a mosque and a cathedral inside!
COMPLEX OF MEZQUITA
The Mezquita is surrounded by cobbled courtyards full of blooming orange trees and fountains which adds beauty to this monument. Also to the north of the courtyard stands the BELL TOWER which can be climbed up to get a view of the complex and the Córdoba city. (Price : 2€/adult). Click here for timings and ticket details
CALLEJA DE LAS FLORES
A pretty and picture perfect walk along the narrow street called Calleja de Las Flores (just behind the Mezquita) with blue painted pots hanging on the white washed walls of houses, restaurants and shops leading into a small plaza cannot be missed. A short visit worth many pictures!!
PUERTA DEL PUENTE
Puerta del Puente is one of the significant Roman monuments of Córdoba. In English meaning Gate of Bridge, it was first constructed during the Roman reign to provide entry to the Roman Córdoba city from the Puente Romano (Roman Bridge). Since then the gate has been remodeled and reconstructed a few times, the recent one being in 2007 to welcome King Felipe II.
First constructed by the Romans in the early 1st Century BC and since then reconstructed a few times last dating to 1876, this roman bridge provided an entry of Romans to invade the city of Córdoba. Halfway across the bridge stands the statue of San Rafael (Archangel) and on the other end of the bridge stands the Tower of Calahorra.
Wait for the night to dawn in the city of Córdoba to witness the spectacular nocturnal 'Light of Cultures Show' which comes alive with light projections, fountains, pools and lit up walls of the fortress of Alcazar of Christian Monarchs. Stroll through the history and culture of Córdoba through this light and sound show. Click here to book your show