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  • Cordoba is a fascinating city in Andalucía, and it's especially popular with tourists because of its rich and diverse history. Cordoba has been a major fortress for the Romans, the Moors, and the Christians, and its monuments and architecture reflect the events and politics of its past.

    La Mezquita-Catedral, or Great Mosque-Cathedral, is by far its most famous and most visited monument. Different parts of the building were constructed over hundreds of years as Cordoba was conquered by new civilizations. The Alcázar, another important fortress, is notable for its gardens, and puts on a lights show at night. Another interesting site in the Jewish quarter is the Sinagoga, which is one of three remaining synagogues in Spain built before the Spanish Inquisition.

    Number four on our list, the Arab Baths, or Hammam, has tranquil pools surrounded by Moorish architecture, and offers relaxing massages.

    Just outside of the city, you'll find the Medina Azaharra, the ruins of an ancient city that one of the caliphs began to construct in the 10th century. This is a particularly beautiful place to visit and have a picnic if the weather's nice.

    At our number eight choice, the Palacio de Viana Museo, visitors can see how royalty lives and take a romantic walk through the garden and fourteen decorated patios.

    For those more interested in art and religion than architecture, visit the Museo de Bellas Artes and the Museo Diocesano de Córdoba to find collections featuring Medieval and Renaissance religious art.

    La Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba (The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba)

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    Calle Cardenal Herrero, 1
    Calles Torrijos and Cardenal Herrero s/n (south of the train station, just north of the Roman bridge)

    Muslim architecture with a vibrant history...
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    Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos

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    Calle Caballerizas Reales s/n
    Caballerizas Reales

    Moorish and Roman architecture... read more


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    Calle Judíos 20

    Synagogue... read more

    Baños Árabes Medina Califal

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    Calle del Corregidor Luis de la Cerda, 51

    Arab Baths... read more

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    Museo Arqueológico y Etnológico de Córdoba

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    Plaza Jerónimo Páez, 7

    One of the most important archaeological museums in Spain... read more

    Medina Azahara

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    Carretera de Palma del Río Km. 5,5

    Ruins of an ancient city... read more

    Torre de la Calahorra

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    Puente Romano, s/n
    Av. de la Confederación, Puente Romano

    Tower near La Mezquita... read more

    Palacio de Viana Museo

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    Plaza de Don Gome 2

    Majestic palace... read more

    Museo de Bellas Artes de Córdoba

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    Plaza del Potro 1

    Fine Art Museum... read more

    Museo Diocesano de Córdoba

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    Calle Torrijos 12

    Museum of Religious Art... read more
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