TOP 23 best attractions in Cordoba


Cor­do­va is a spicy mix of Chris­t­ian, Mus­lim and Jew­ish cul­tures. The ancient Span­ish city, which attracts thou­sands of tourists, sur­vived the dom­i­nance of the Roman Empire and the domin­ion of the Moors. The sights of Cor­do­ba have a spe­cial ener­gy. They cap­ti­vate and inspire.


Who and why should come to Cordoba

The palaces and tem­ples of Cor­do­ba are a great her­itage of the past, reflect­ing the chang­ing cul­tures of the ancient city. Their beau­ty and inte­ri­or will be appre­ci­at­ed not only by admir­ers of archi­tec­ture, but also by his­to­ry buffs.

Muse­ums are a col­lec­tion of age-old wis­dom and tra­di­tions of this south­ern region. They are wait­ing for fam­i­lies and curi­ous tourists.

The squares and old streets invite you for long walks. The clat­ter of fla­men­co dancers’ heels from near­by bars and the seduc­tive aro­mas of south­ern cui­sine enhance the trav­el expe­ri­ence.

Religious sites



The mosque was built in 785 on the foun­da­tions of a destroyed Visig­oth­ic basil­i­ca. A majes­tic build­ing with an area of ​​​​over 23 thou­sand square meters. m for a long time remained the largest in the Cor­do­ba Caliphate.

When the Spaniards cap­tured the city, they did not destroy the Mus­lim shrine, but built the Catholic Cathe­dral of the Holy Vir­gin Mary between its columns and arch­es. It is a mix of Baroque and Goth­ic with dec­o­ra­tive ele­ments of the syn­thet­ic Mod­e­jar style. Such eclec­ti­cism is unique and organ­ic.

Mesqui­ta func­tions as a muse­um. Inside you can see the choirs, the altar, a col­lec­tion of sil­ver and ivory items. Out­side is a pic­turesque gar­den of olive trees and cypress­es.



The syn­a­gogue was built at the begin­ning of the 14th cen­tu­ry. It is believed that the build­ing was pri­vate and belonged to mem­bers of the same fam­i­ly. When the Jews fell out of favor and were expelled from Spain, the syn­a­gogue was turned into an infir­mary, then into a Catholic chapel, and final­ly into a school.

In 1824, the archi­tect and his­to­ri­an Rafael Romero Bar­ras exam­ined arti­facts asso­ci­at­ed with the syn­a­gogue and con­clud­ed that the site was of great cul­tur­al sig­nif­i­cance. At the begin­ning of the XX cen­tu­ry. the build­ing was restored. Now tourists can enjoy frag­ments of wood­en carv­ings, ele­ments of plas­ter orna­ments and arch­es.

In front of the syn­a­gogue there is a mon­u­ment to Mai­monides. The Jew­ish philoso­pher and doc­tor urged to eat right so as not to get sick, and was the first to sug­gest that the num­ber Pi is infi­nite.

Church of San Lorenzo

cerkov san lorenco

This church, rebuilt from a mosque at the begin­ning of the 13th cen­tu­ry, is con­sid­ered one of the best exam­ples of the medieval archi­tec­ture of Cór­do­ba. The build­ing has been mod­i­fied sev­er­al times. Nowa­days, restor­ers have tried to restore it to its orig­i­nal form.

The por­ti­co, locat­ed at the main entrance, is dec­o­rat­ed with three carved arch­es in ori­en­tal style. Here you can also see a rose win­dow, sim­i­lar to a fab­u­lous flower. The bell tow­er (for­mer minaret) resem­bles the Giral­da tow­er — the main attrac­tion of Seville. The pearl of the inte­ri­or is a gild­ed altar, skill­ful­ly paint­ed by Ital­ian crafts­men.

Church of San Miguel

cerkov san migel

This Catholic church, glo­ri­fy­ing St. Michael, belongs to the so-called “fer­nand­in­has”. They were erect­ed imme­di­ate­ly after the con­quest of Andalu­sia by Chris­tians from the build­ing mate­r­i­al of past eras. In the archi­tec­ture of such reli­gious build­ings, one can find ancient Roman columns and Moor­ish arch­es.

The Romanesque church of San Miguel fea­tures dec­o­ra­tive ele­ments from the Caliphate peri­od, and Jew­ish sym­bols can be seen on some of the bricks. The bell tow­er of the tem­ple is the high­est point of the city.

Historical landmarks

Roman temple

Roman Temple

The ruins of an ancient Roman tem­ple are locat­ed in the very cen­ter of Cor­do­ba. Majes­tic columns with por­ti­coes and the remains of mas­sive walls look strange against the back­drop of busy streets. The tem­ple was found by chance in the mid-50s dur­ing con­struc­tion work.

It is believed that the build­ing was built in the 1st cen­tu­ry. Tourists love to vis­it this place — orig­i­nal self­ies are obtained here.

Gate of Puerta del Puente

gate puerta

In the 16th cen­tu­ry, the then may­or of Cór­do­ba, Alon­so González de Artea­ga, ordered the con­struc­tion of a gate in the fortress wall. He want­ed mer­chants and peo­ple to rush to the city, which would have a ben­e­fi­cial effect on the econ­o­my. The gate was erect­ed for 4 years, how­ev­er, due to finan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties, the project remained unfin­ished.

Dur­ing the reign of Alfon­so XIII, the fortress walls were com­plete­ly dis­man­tled, and the gates acquired the sta­tus of a memo­r­i­al. Their inter­nal part was rebuilt so that it com­plete­ly repeats the exter­nal one.

City of Madina al-Zahra

town madina

About 8 km from Cor­do­ba are the ruins of the Moor­ish city of Mad­i­na. The ruins of the once lux­u­ri­ous palace, built by Caliph Abd ar-Rah­man III in the tenth cen­tu­ry, are locat­ed on a hill. From there you have a pic­turesque view of the sur­round­ings.

On the slopes there were res­i­den­tial quar­ters and pub­lic build­ings. They have yet to be dug out of the ground. There is a muse­um on the ter­ri­to­ry of this his­tor­i­cal reserve. It presents arti­facts found by archae­ol­o­gists in the ancient city.

roman bridge

rimski most

The mas­sive 16-arch bridge over the Guadalquivir was built in the time of Cae­sar. It was part of the Via Augus­ta, an ancient paved road lead­ing from the Eter­nal City to Cadiz. Despite its age and minor dam­age, the con­struc­tion has been per­fect­ly pre­served and has become a favorite place for tourists and locals to walk.

Gate of Almodovar

vorota almodovar

The only one of the nine gates, erect­ed by order of Emir Abdar Rah­man I and sur­vived to this day. They were ren­o­vat­ed in the 14th cen­tu­ry but have retained their authen­tic­i­ty. Near the gate there is a nice park with com­fort­able bench­es and foun­tains.

Architectural monuments of Cordoba

Viana Palace

dvorec viana

The palace grew on the remains of an ancient Roman vil­la of the 14th cen­tu­ry. The Renais­sance facade was rebuilt in the 16th cen­tu­ry and acquired the fea­tures of a Man­ner­ist style. The cas­tle for a long time remained the res­i­dence of the fam­i­ly of the Mar­quis de Viano. And in the mid­dle of the 20th cen­tu­ry, it became the prop­er­ty of the Caja­sur bank and turned into a muse­um.

Today, you can admire antiques and paint­ings here. The main asset of Viana is 12 court­yards sur­round­ed by green­ery. They occu­py 4,000 sq.m, with a total area of ​​the com­plex of 6.5 thou­sand.



The roy­al res­i­dence, built in the XIV cen­tu­ry, com­bines a lux­u­ri­ous cas­tle, impreg­nable fortress and gar­dens of Eden. Dur­ing the Recon­quista, the Alcazar became a haven for Fer­di­nand of Aragon and Isabel­la of Castile.

With­in the walls of the cas­tle, issues were resolved about the allo­ca­tion of funds for the equip­ment of the expe­di­tion of Colum­bus to new shores. This epoch-mak­ing event is remind­ed by the sculp­ture of the dis­cov­er­er, who bowed before the roy­al cou­ple.

You should def­i­nite­ly see the mosa­ic hall, the ancient Roman sar­coph­a­gus made of mar­ble with intri­cate carv­ings and the local baths. A walk through the court­yard with foun­tains and shady alleys will refresh you even on the hottest day.

Arab baths


Caliph ham­mams, which appeared in the 10th cen­tu­ry, are part of the Alcazar archi­tec­tur­al com­plex. They attract tourists with their safe­ty and size. Here you can admire horse­shoe arch­es, mas­sive stonework, columns and small star-shaped win­dows. You should def­i­nite­ly vis­it hot, warm and cold rooms.

Calahorra Tower

Basnia kalaorra

The tow­er was erect­ed by Islam­ic rulers at the end of the 12th cen­tu­ry. on the left bank of the Guadalquivir. The sen­tinel post with mas­sive walls has three floors, the last one is crowned with bat­tle­ments. Dur­ing the Recon­quista, the fort was sig­nif­i­cant­ly dam­aged and rebuilt in the 14th cen­tu­ry. Castil­ian monarch.

Today in Cala­hor­ra there is a muse­um of three cul­tures: Chris­t­ian, Jew­ish and Mus­lim. The hall of “trans­fer of knowl­edge” tells about out­stand­ing philoso­phers. The hall of “med­i­cine” tells about the intri­ca­cies of heal­ing in medieval times — the first astro­labe is also exhib­it­ed here. The his­tor­i­cal expo­si­tion is ded­i­cat­ed to out­stand­ing rulers and their achieve­ments.

Merced Palace

dvorec mersed

The mag­nif­i­cent palace with a white-brown facade in the Baroque style was built on the site of a 13th-cen­tu­ry basil­i­ca. It con­sists of two side wings, where the munic­i­pal­i­ty sits, as well as cov­ered gal­leries and the church of St. Mary. Its inte­ri­or dec­o­ra­tion is replete with skill­ful fres­coes, sculp­tures and bas-reliefs. In the mid­dle stands a colos­sal gild­ed altar with a gigan­tic stat­ue of the Vir­gin.

In addi­tion to the tem­ple, tourists in Merced can vis­it some of the halls of the palace, where works of art are exhib­it­ed, as well as walk along the cor­ri­dors with mar­ble stairs and go out into the court­yard.

Museums of Cordoba

Flamenco Museum “Fosforito”

musei flamenko

The muse­um is locat­ed in a unique build­ing of the XIV cen­tu­ry. Here, on inter­ac­tive stands, you can learn every­thing about the most pop­u­lar dance in Spain. Videos show the ori­gins of fla­men­co, and touch screens show sim­ple move­ments that can be mas­tered right in the exhi­bi­tion hall.

Archaeological Museum

archeology museum

The rich muse­um col­lec­tion tells the rich his­to­ry of Cor­do­ba. Tourists will be able to learn about the life and cul­ture of the towns­peo­ple, from ancient Roman times to the begin­ning of the Recon­quista.

The expo­si­tions include mar­ble sculp­tures, jew­el­ry, coins, weapons, as well as objects of reli­gious wor­ship. The low­er floor of the muse­um is occu­pied by the real ruins of the Roman the­ater. You can walk around and take pho­tos.

Museo Julio Romero de Torres

musei hulio

The muse­um, housed in a for­mer hos­pi­tal, is ded­i­cat­ed to the famous local artist Julio Romero de Tor­res. His paint­ings, writ­ten in the author’s style, sing of the beau­ty of the Andalu­sian woman. Also note­wor­thy are the series of works devot­ed to fla­men­co and bull­fight­ing.

Art Museum

hud museum

The muse­um, found­ed in 1862, occu­pies an old build­ing of a hos­pi­tal for the poor. Its funds con­tain mas­ter­pieces of out­stand­ing Span­ish mas­ters of the Renais­sance, Baroque, Roco­co and Roman­ti­cism peri­ods. Many exhibits were donat­ed to the muse­um by the church­es of Andalu­sia.

Among the paint­ings pre­sent­ed, the cre­ations of Fer­nan­dez, Zur­baran, Inur­ria and Muril­lo are oblig­a­tory for view­ing. It is also worth look­ing into a sep­a­rate room, which dis­plays Goy­a’s graph­ics and prints.

Andalusian House Museum

andaluski dom musei

The muse­um, locat­ed in a restored build­ing of the XII cen­tu­ry, invites you to immerse your­self in the atmos­phere and life of Cor­do­ba dur­ing the caliphate era. The walls of the house are dec­o­rat­ed with intri­cate mul­ti-col­ored mosaics, carved fur­ni­ture is replete with many metic­u­lous­ly craft­ed details. On the tables are cop­per jugs and porce­lain dish­es with flo­ral orna­ments.

A foun­tain in a pic­turesque court­yard sur­round­ed by trees cre­ates the effect of com­plete immer­sion in bygone times. There is a gift shop at the exit of the house-muse­um.

Interesting places

Calleja de las Flores street

ulica kalieha

The most pic­turesque street of Cor­do­ba is locat­ed in the Jew­ish quar­ter. Small build­ings, perched at arm’s length from each oth­er, are buried in flow­ers. Snow-white facades are dec­o­rat­ed with bas­kets with col­or­ful plants, wrought-iron bal­conies are anoth­er col­or­ful dec­o­ra­tion. No won­der this is a favorite place for tourists for mem­o­rable pho­tos.

Correder Square

ploshad korederra

The grandiose square, built in the 17th cen­tu­ry, has sur­vived unchanged to this day. It has a reg­u­lar rec­tan­gu­lar shape and is sur­round­ed on all sides by neat facades of hous­es.

This archi­tec­ture is not typ­i­cal of Andalu­sia, which is why Corred­era Square is often com­pared to Plaza May­or in Madrid. Today, there are many cafes and restau­rants on its ter­ri­to­ry, and a farmer’s mar­ket on week­ends.

Botanical Garden

bot sad

Locat­ed almost in the very cen­ter of Cór­do­ba, the botan­i­cal gar­den abounds with trees and shrubs native to the Mediter­ranean region. Par­tic­u­lar atten­tion is paid to the flo­ra of Andalu­sia.

The gar­den is divid­ed into sec­tions: med­i­c­i­nal and spicy herbs grow on one, veg­eta­bles on the oth­er, and the third is replete with fruit trees. There is also a green­house and an arbore­tum. A long shady alley with a foun­tain, gaze­bos and bench­es invites you to walk.

royal stables

korolevski konusni

An ele­gant two-sto­ry com­plex with arch­es and por­ti­cos was built in 1570 by order of King Philip II to breed a spe­cial breed of Andalu­sian hors­es. They had to be dis­tin­guished by spe­cial endurance, fear­less­ness in com­bat bat­tles and grace. The will of the monarch was car­ried out.

Until now, these beau­ti­ful hors­es are bred in the roy­al sta­bles, rid­ers are trained and rid­ing lessons are giv­en. Twice a week there are demon­stra­tion per­for­mances to the music of fla­men­co.


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