Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, Cordoba

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Must see · Religious Site · Historic Site
History meets beauty at Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, a rare blend of two religions. The massive mosque-turned-cathedral is famed for its "forest" of interior columns, topped with traditional Islamic red and white striped arches. Built in 786 by Moorish settlers, the structure was converted into a Christian church in 1236. Built over the course of nearly 250 years, the structure combines various architectural styles, with decorative elements ranging from elegant to gaudy. Despite the presence of the cathedral, which was added to the middle of the original structure in the 16th century, most of the mosque remains remarkably well preserved. Regarded as one of the most accomplished monuments of Moorish architecture, the site reminds visitors of the glory and importance Córdoba held in medieval times. Arrange your visit to Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba and discover more family-friendly attractions in Cordoba using our Cordoba trip builder.
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  • Very good informative guided tour with an excellent guide! Above all, the tip to be the first to stand in the portico was great! Always my pleasure!  more »
  • Have been to the Mezquita in Cordoba multiple times and, everytime I visit it, I get goose skin. As you enter through the main gate and see the aligned arches as well as the surrounding...  more »
  • A MUST SEE world heritage site. One place gathers Islamic and Christian heritage altogether. I’ve heard a lot about the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, but as said, seeing is believing. Tickets are quite cheap, 11€. I did the reservation in advance online but it turned to be quite easy in February. So I think it’s a good season for visiting. There are machines that allows you to buy your ticket in case of crowds. I also purchased the audio guide for 4€. It was helpful with useful information. The only thing that I wasn’t able to do was to climb the Tower. It needs a separate ticket and has a lot of stairs.
  • Amazing place, some of the most ingenuous architecture around. Beautiful environment and not quite overrun with tourists yet so still a good site to see if in the area. Worth the special trip as the city itself is amazing too. Recommend a guided tour as it gives you lots of interesting information but you can come and go as you please as well.

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