48 Hours in Córdoba

One of the neatest places I’ve been to in southern Spain is the charming, historic city of Córdoba.  I sadly only had about 48 hours as we were on our way back to Madrid from Jerez de la Frontera, where we were visiting a friend of mine and touring the sherry bodegas.  I fully intend to spend some more time there on my next trip in June of 2017.  As a lover of history, this place is an absolutely must, just teeming with culture and footprints from the past.  Located in Andalusia, it was once the heart of Islamic Spain.   The Great Mosque (Mezquita) was built in the 8th century, but over the years the city has been known for the mingling of Mulsim, Jewish, and Christian cultures.   With well developed infrastructure and commerce system it has also always been a very modern city.  It was primarily controlled by Moors until 1236 when the Christian forces conquered.  The city is like a living museum with remnants of all these interactions at every corner.

Alcázar de los Reyes Christianos
Alcázar de los Reyes Christianos; Córdoba, Spain.

We stayed at the fabulous Eurostars Conquistador, very centrally located directly across from the Mezquita mosque.  They have comfortable rooms, and a beautiful, typical Córdoba courtyard.  You can even see ruins from one of the three pavilions of the old mosque.

Ruins in Códorba
Ruins in Códorba

 

So when you have limited time, what to do in Córdoba?

1. The Great Mosque (Mezquita) – This was originally a Visigoth temple, but when the Muslim’s took over in 711, the church was divided in half between the Muslims and the Christians.  After Spain was returned to Christian rule following the Reconquista it was turned into a Roman Catholic cathedral in the 13th century.  The structure has continuously been added to over the years, much like Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.  The insides are simply gorgeous to behold and a testament to Moorish architecture.  It is a must see!

Arches in the Mezquite
Arches in the Mezquite
Mezquite Mosque
Mezquite Mosque
Mezquite Mosque
Mezquite Mosque

2.  Alcázar de los Reyes Catholicos (Palace of the Catholic Kings)– This originated in medieval times as a Visigoth fortress and was also at one time under the control of the Umayyad and Abbasid caliphates.  It was taken back under Christian control during the Reconquista by Alphonso XI of Castile.

Alcazar de los Reyes Christianos
Alcazar de los Reyes Christianos

 

Alcázar
Alcázar
Alcázar
Alcázar

3. The Jewish Quarter (Juderia) – Here you can see the Córdoba Synagogue as well as the beautiful network of Sephardic Jewish art and commerce.   We also found a really yummy place to have dinner here.   I didn’t have it myself, but if you should happen to have dinner at El Caballo Rojo (The Red Horse) and are into bull’s tail (rabo de toro), it comes highly recommended.   Great atmosphere!

El Caballo Rojo
El Caballo Rojo

4. Museum of the Inquisition (Torture Gallery) –  My mom and I happened upon this just by chance, walking around the Jewish Quarter!  It was a hole in the wall from the outside, but inside, this small museum has a rich collection of the history of this incredibly brutal period of time.  It boasts of a large collection of torture devices from the 13th to 19th centuries.

5.  The Horses! – How can you visit Andalusia without seeing the Andalusian horses at the Royal Stables?  These gorgeous horses are quite majestic, and if you are a horse fan, they are must see.

Horses!
Horses!
Horses!
Horses!
Horses!
Horses!
Horses!
Horses!

I was sad to not have more time in this fabulous city. Hey! An excuse to go back, no?

Buen viajes, gnomies!

Ever visited Córdoba?  Let the gnome know what you thought.


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  1. Nellwyn says:

    Looks beautiful! I spent some time traveling through Aragon but I’ve never been to southern Spain. But it’s definitely on my list!

    1. The Gnome says:

      And see, I’ve never been to the North. At least no further than Avila. Do visit the south when you can! It’s gorgeous!

  2. Hello Colleen!

    What a fun trip! Spain is one of my favorite places and I hope to return one day. The buildings’ architecture is so grand and ornate. And these horses are so beautiful and majestic, absolutely love them.

    On a side note, I have had ox tail before and although I am not a big meat eater it was actually pretty delicious 🙂

    xo Gennifer
    http://www.GenniferRose.com

    1. The Gnome says:

      LOL! I couldn’t even bring myself to try it. Where have you visited in Spain? I lived there for a year.

  3. Maria says:

    Cordoba is such a beautiful city with all its moorish heritage. Looking forward to visit it too. Thank you for your great post and photos.

    1. The Gnome says:

      Thanks, Maria! Hopefully you make it to Córdoba soon!

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