About Cordoba

Brief information about the city of Cordoba

Spanish World Heritage Cities: Cordoba

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About Córdoba

It is the third largest and most populous city in Andalusia after Seville and Malaga. Today it is a city of medium size, in whose old town we can still see buildings with architectural elements from when Cordoba was the capital of the Hispania Ulterior in times of the Roman Republic, or the province of Betica during the Roman Empire and the Caliphate of Cordoba during the Muslim era, whose leaders ruled much of the Iberian peninsula. According to archaeological evidence, the city had around one million inhabitants by the tenth century, being the largest, most cultured and opulent city in the world.

Its historic centre was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994. Ten years earlier, in 1984, it had been the Mosque-cathedral of Cordoba. It was a candidate for European cultural capital for 2016, being a finalist to represent Spain. In addition, the Feast of the Cordovan Patios was designated Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in December 2012.

Córdoba Official Tourism Website

Places of interest

Patios del Palacio de Viana

The Viana palace courtyards

The Palace of Viana is a sample of ancestral homes of the Cordoba nobility. Its 12 patios of great beauty, especially in spring and summer when the flowers bloom. plants and give great color to the enclosure. The water is also one of the main elements, as it merges with the vegetation creating a courtyard in harmony with nature.

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Medina Azahara

Medina Azahara

Medina Azahara was a palatine city that ordered the construction of the Calida Abderramán III in Sierra Morena, about 8 km outside of Córdoba. The archeological site of Medina Azahara is declared property of cultural interest in the category of monument and was inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2018.

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Mezquita de Córdoba

Mosque of Cordoba

It constitutes the most important monument in Cordoba, and also of all Andalusian architecture, together with the Alhambra, as well as the most emblematic of Spanish-Muslim Umayyad art. Declared a World Heritage Site as part of the city's historic centre, it was included by the public among Spain's 12 Treasures in 2007.

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Fiesta de los Patios

Courtyard Festival of Cordoba

The Courtyard Festival of Cordoba is a courtyard competition held in Cordoba (Spain), usually during the second and third week of May. Participants open from free, decorative way their courtyards so that they can be visited within the established schedule for that purpose. In recent years, courtyards in contests are marked with pots of hedges that are place the doors flanking, so that they can be clearly identified.

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Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos

Alcázar of the Christian Monarchs

The Alcázar of the Christian Monarchs is a military building in the city of Córdoba, Spain, located on one of the banks of the River Guadalquivir. The monarch Alfonso XI of Castile ordered its construction in 1328 on the old Andalusian Alcazar, former residence of the Roman governor and customs. The architectural complex has a sober exterior and a splendid interior, with magnificent gardens and courtyards that maintain a Mudejar inspiration.

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How to arrive

Cordoba is strategically located in the south of Spain. It has excellent connections by motorway through the first-class road network (A4-E5) and regular and high-speed trains. (AVE) with the main international airports located in Madrid, Malaga and Madrid. Seville.

From Malaga International Airport

  • AVE High Speed Train: 60m
  • Car: 1h 30m
  • Bus: 2h

From Seville International Airport

  • AVE High Speed Train: 40m
  • Car: 1h 20m
  • Bus: 2h

From Madrid International Airport

  • AVE High Speed Train: 1h 40m
  • Car: 3h 30m
  • Bus: 4h 30m

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