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Combined Alcazar and Mosque Walking Tour

Combined Alcazar and Mosque Walking Tour

3 hours
 
  • Tour Type
    Private tour Private tour
  • Duration
    3 hours
  • Theme
    Walking
  • Tour Code
    IBC-18-3263
  • Operating Days
    Daily
3 hours
 
  • Tour Type
    Private tour Private tour
  • Duration
    3 hours
  • Theme
    Walking
  • Tour Code
    IBC-18-3263
  • Operating Days
    Daily
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    Admission Admission Entrance to monuments includedEscorted tourEscorted tour Tour guide

Summary

This combined tour invites you to discover the fascinating Alcazar of Cordoba and the Mosque-Cathedral. Wander around the delightful gardens and be enchanted by the amazing buildings. 

 

Itinerary

Alcazar Walking Tour

A breathtaking castle with its delightful gardens and a Moorish bathhouse, Alcazar is almost a perfect square in plan of 4.100 square metres. It was rebuilt in 1327 by King Alfonso XI. His aim was to bring European Gothic architecture to the town. The castle walls connect the four (now three) corner towers by walkways or allures protected by battlements with prism shaped blocks.

The Alcázar of Cordoba, with its thick defensive walls, served both as a fortress and a palace, and is a perfect illustration of the development of Cordoban architecture through the ages. Roman and Visigoth ruins lie side by side with Arabic remains in this magnificent building, which was once the favourite residence of the different rulers of the city. However, when Cordoba was reconquered by Fernando III «the Saint» in 1236, the former Caliphal Palace was in a pitiful, ruinous state. Alfonso X «the Wise» began the restoration work, which was finished off during the reign of Alfonso XI. It has fulfilled many different functions over the years, such as Headquarters of the Inquisition, or a prison (first half of the 20th century).
 

Mosque Walking Tour 

The famous Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba (World Heritage site since 1984) is undoubtedly the most significant monument in the whole of the the western Moslem World and one of the most amazing buildings. 

The complete evolution of the Omeyan style in Spain can be seen in its different sections, as well as the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles of the Christian part.

The site which the Mosque-Cathedral occupies has been used for the worship of different divinities since ancient times. Under the rule of the Visigoths, the Basilica of San Vicente occupied this very site, and later, after the Moslems bought part of the plot of land, a primitive Mosque was built.

The basilica was rectangular in shape, and for a while was shared by Christians and Moslems. As the Moslem population increased, the ruler Abderraman I acquired the whole site and demolished the basilica to have more space for the first Alhama (main) Mosque in the city.

Some of the original building materials from the Visigothic basilica can still be seen in the first section of the Mosque built by Abderraman I.

The great Mosque is made up of two distinct areas, the courtyard or sahn, with its porticos (the only part built by Abd al- Rahman III), where the minaret stands and the prayer hall, or haram.

The area inside is made up of a forest of columns with a harmonious colour scheme of red and white arches. The five separate areas of the Mosque correspond to each of the five extensions carried out.

Inclusions

  • Entrance fees 
  • Local Guide

Exclusions

  • Transportation

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