As we have already shown you on many occasions in Hard Hobbit To BreakSpain has nothing to envy to other corners of the world when it comes to beauty. And it is that in our country we can find from beautiful natural landscapes, to villages with a lot of charm, through popular festivals of the most fun.
As we believe that there is no better way to start the year than highlighting the good things that our country has, today we have decided to move to one of the most beautiful cities in Spain and even in the world. We are referring to Cordova, which has a lot to offer to tourists from all over the world. Do you want to know what visits are essential in this beautiful Andalusian city? Well, do not miss anything we tell you below!
Cathedral Mosque of Córdoba
How could it be otherwise, we will start by talking about one of the most beautiful religious buildings on the planet. We refer to the Cathedral Mosque of Córdoba, one of the most important samples of Spanish-Muslim architecture on the planet. In fact, it is one of the largest in the world. World Heritage Since 1984, it is a sample of the evolution of the Umayyad style in our country, in addition to other styles such as Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque.
Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos
Another must-see monument in Córdoba is the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, an ancient fortress located on the banks of the Guadalquivir River that served as a residence for the city's governors. In fact, this was where the Catholic Monarchs received Christopher Columbus after completing his famous journey that ended with the discovery of America. Its gardens and interior spaces are surprising, ranging from mosaics from the Roman period to a 3rd century sarcophagus, as well as typical steam baths from the Caliphate period.
Calleja de las Flores and the Jewish Quarter of Córdoba
Another corner of Córdoba that is worth a visit is the Calleja de las Flores, a small street located in the heart of the Jewish quarter that will leave you speechless. It is very close to the mosque and stands out for being adorned with colored pots and beautiful flowers. In addition, it has two arches that were incorporated in the mid-50s and a fountain designed by Victor Escribano Ucelay. Of course, another of the places that you cannot miss on your visit to Córdoba is the Judería neighborhood, located in the surroundings of the mosque. Its narrow streets, whitewashed houses and flower-filled squares stand out.
We cannot speak of Córdoba without mentioning its Roman Bridge, located on the Guadalquivir. Also known as the Old Bridge, as it was built in the 1st century AD. Of course, it must be taken into account that throughout history it has undergone several renovations.
This beautiful Andalusian city is also known for its famous Cordovan courtyards, so if you have the opportunity you cannot miss visiting them. They are especially characteristic of the Alcázar Viejo neighborhood and the Jewish quarter. You can visit some of them for free, although in others you will have to pay. In addition, you should take into account that in May the Cordovan Courtyards Festival and all courtyards are opened to the public.
Finally, we are going to tell you about Medina Azahara, an architectural ensemble ordered to be built by Abbot al-Rahman III that came to house around 25,000 people. Today its ruins, although it should not be forgotten that, apparently, only 10% of the total has been excavated.
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