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Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba Skip-the-Line Ticket

1. Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba Skip-the-Line Ticket

Enter the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, the largest mosque in the Muslim West, and a unique temple in both the Islamic and Christian world. Admire the architectural styles of the Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque periods, and learn why this house of worship was named a heritage site in 1984. Explore the second largest mosque in the world, spanning 23,400 square meters. Notice the distinct shift in designs, as the Mosque was consecrated as a cathedral nearly 500 years after initial construction. Wander the inner courtyard, Patio de los Naranjos, and feel the serenity from the lovingly-kept greenery. Visit the prayer room, the mihrab, and the Rojiblancos arches. Add an audio guide to learn more about its expansive and turbulent history.

Cordoba: Alcazar Guided Tour and Skip-the-Line Ticket

2. Cordoba: Alcazar Guided Tour and Skip-the-Line Ticket

Discover the fort-cum-palace of the Catholic kings on a guided tour of Cordoba’s Alcazar. Built on the remains of Moorish palace, the Alcazar has been witness to dozens of historical events of great importance. Follow in the footsteps of Christopher Columbus, who met Fernando and Isabel here in 1486. Learn about its time as the headquarters of the Spanish Inquisition. Stroll through remarkable rooms, such as the Salón de los Mosaicos (Hall of Mosaics). See the crenellated towers, and the Patio Morisco baths with their Moorish motifs. Climb the tower for panoramic views of the gardens. Then, take a stroll through the landscaped gardens to see features such as pools, fish ponds, fountains and orange trees.

Cordoba Mosque-Cathedral: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

3. Cordoba Mosque-Cathedral: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Learn more about the 8th-century caliphate of Abd al-Rahman I on a guided tour the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba with an art historian guide. Hear about the monument's different stages of construction, from the old Basilica of San Vicente, built during the Spanish Visigoth empire through the primitive mosque built by Abd al-Rahman I to rival the great mosques of the East. Explore successive extensions through to the time of Almanzor, ruler of Muslim Iberia under the Umayyad Caliphate of Cordoba. Hear about the Reconquista of Cordoba by the Christian armies of Fernando III, when the mosque was converted into a cathedral. Admire architectural motifs, such as the double arches that gave the building height and were considered revolutionary for their time.

Córdoba: Jewish Quarter, Synagogue, Mosque, and Alcázar Tour

4. Córdoba: Jewish Quarter, Synagogue, Mosque, and Alcázar Tour

Enjoy an enriching experience on a guided walking tour through the jewels of Córdoba. Stop by the Alcazar of the Catholic Kings, tour the Great Mosque-Cathedral, stroll through the Jewish Quarter, and visit the synagogue, with all entrance fees included. Listen to insightful commentary from your guide. Commence your tour of Córdoba at Plaza del Cardenal Salazar and learn the history of the Jewish Sephardi Quarter. Discover an old synagogue converted into an Arabic-style chapel. Next, go to the souk, reminiscent of an 18th-century building in the style of an Arabic bazaar or typical Córdoba craft market. Continue to the 14th-century Córdoba Synagogue, built in the medieval era. Experience first-hand what life was like in the city at the 12th-century Casa Andalusí. Next, explore the Jewish Quarter and learn more about Al-Andalus and Córdoba from your guide. Enter the Doña Leonor Baths baths of the Arabic Palace before taking a tour inside the Alcazar of the Catholic Monarchs. See the official residence of the Christian kings and hear about its many secrets. Get a breathtaking view of the city and its enchanting gardens. Finally, admire the staggeringly beautiful Mezquita Cathedral (Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba).

Córdoba: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Mosque-Cathedral Guided Tour

5. Córdoba: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Mosque-Cathedral Guided Tour

Meet your experienced guide who will have a profound knowledge of both the Mosque-Cathedral itself and its contents. After being provided with a headset, start your tour by listening to an introduction to the history of the mosque. Explore the courtyard of the complex, called the Patio de los Naranjos. Soak up the atmosphere of this peaceful space with lots of greenery, and marvel at the beautiful Bell Tower. Then skip the ticket line to enter the monument without any hassle. Follow your guide as they take you around the mosque. Hear about its design, and why the monument is one of the most important buildings in Islamic architecture. Admire the Prayer Hall, the Mihrab, and the famous red and white arches. Learn about the construction of the Mosque-Cathedral in the 8th century. Find out from your guide about the different expansions of the building, and all the hidden details of the architecture.

Guided Visit to Azahara Medina in Córdoba

6. Guided Visit to Azahara Medina in Córdoba

The Caliph of Umayyad Córdoba, Abd al- Rahman III, ordered the construction of palace-city of Madinat al-Zahra, meaning "brilliant city" in Arabic, in the early 10th century. Located about 5 miles (8 km) from the city of Córdoba, this amazing collection of ornate buildings and monuments was created as a symbol of the Caliphi's power against its enemies. They also served as official government buildings. On your visit to this breathtaking site, you can choose between two options: a guided tour with or without a tourist bus. Guided Tour (with bus): Hop aboard the site's tourist bus and make your way to the center of the palatial city. Once there, visit the impressive visitor center before heading north to explore the main sections of the city, one by one. Guided Tour (without bus): Start with a visit to the impressive visitor center, where you will explore Spain's fascinating Moorish history and enjoy a screening of a video that virtually recreates how this historic city was in the 10th century. Later, head north to explore the main sections of the city, one by one.

Medina Azahara Guided Tour at Night

7. Medina Azahara Guided Tour at Night

Explore the former capital of al-Andalus on a guided tour of the Medina Azahara archaeological site, located on the outskirts of Córdoba. Learn about the Moorish history of Spain as you explore the remains of the medieval palace-city, built by Abd-ar-Rahman III al-Nasir when he was the Umayyad Caliph of Córdoba. Stroll around the ruins of the city under a star-filled sky and feel yourself transported back to the Middle Ages. You can book the tour with or without transportation from Córdoba for your convenience. Learn all the historical details of the city to get a better understanding of its importance and how it flourished for about 80 years in the 10th and 11th centuries. Appreciate its beauty in the soft evening light as you look at the remains of the palaces, mosques and formal gardens.

Cordoba Mosque, Synagogue & Jewish Quarter Tour with Tickets

8. Cordoba Mosque, Synagogue & Jewish Quarter Tour with Tickets

Explore Cordoba’s Mosque-Cathedral, one of the most visited monuments in Spain. Its construction Began in the 8th century and it became the second-largest mosque in the world. On this 2.5-hour guided tour you’ll discover the interior that features a forest of columns along with double arches, the Maqsura, the Mihrab and the impressive chorus located close to the Mayor Chapel. In the 13th century, under Ferdinand III, the mosque was converted into a Catholic cathedral. In addition, you’ll tour the city’s historic Jewish Quarter. Located near the Mosque-Cathedral, it is one the most visited areas in Cordoba. See the Synagogue, the Jewish Street, the Arabic market (Zoco) and the bronze statue of Maimonides.

Cordoba: Guided Tour of Medina Azahara at Night

9. Cordoba: Guided Tour of Medina Azahara at Night

Discover one of the greatest jewels of Córdoba on a 2-hour guided tour of the historic Medina Azahara at night. Travel by special bus to the archeological site that is 8 kilometers from the city of Cordoba. Begin your guided walk at the archeological ruins. Learn about caliphal or Islamic art of Al-Andalus and its role as an economic, social and cultural power. Since October 2017, the archaeological site has been equipped with a system of lights that allows for comfortable guided visits after dark.

Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral, Synagogue and Alcázar Guided Tour

10. Córdoba: Mosque-Cathedral, Synagogue and Alcázar Guided Tour

Look inside the most important monuments of Córdoba on a guided tour to learn more about the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish influence in the city. Skip the lines to the 8th-century Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba and marvel at its columns and double arches. Admire the mihrab (apse) of the former mosque, and stroll through the Jewish Quarter to see the synagogue, Arabic market, and bronze statue of the medieval Sephardic philosopher, Maimonides. End with a tour inside the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, one of the primary residences of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon.

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based on 7,689 reviews

Our guide, Pilar, was an added value to the tour. Perfectly organized and passionate, she managed to convey the real historical and cultural vision of the monuments, always offering a useful and well-founded point of view. Although in Spanish, we were able to understand the universal value of the sites visited well enough. The visit was very nice and our guide was very pleasant and willing to answer all our questions. Surely it is the best visit you can do: take many photos of the thousand details that are offered to you, because you will feel the need to relive these moments once you return home. Highly recommended!

We had an amazing time in Córdoba. We enjoyed very much the guided tour. Elena, our guide, knew all the details and explained us everything with patience and care.

It was great. Our Guide was an archeologist with a great knowledge. Highly recommended.

The audio guide was super helpful and made the experience very informative.

Great experience. Very impressive architecture. No waiting upon arrival.