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  • Location: Cordoba, Spain
  • Duration:  2 hours (approx.)
Explore the Mezquita, Cordoba’s stunning cathedral-mosque, on a 2-hour walking tour! The grand dame of the city boasts a history that dates back to the days of AD 600, serving stints as both a Christian church and a mosque. Admire contrasting architecture like Mudejar, Baroque, Renaissance and Byzantine while exploring rooms such as the maksura and the Christian chapels. The tour finishes with a walk to one of Cordoba’s pretty patios to sample a glass of local Montilla-Moriles wine.

Highlights

  • 2-hour walking tour of Cordoba Mezquita with an expert local guide
  • Learn about the Mezquita’s fascinating history as both a Christian and Muslim place of worship
  • Admire Capilla Mayor, a Renaissance cathedral nave that was added at the request of King Charles V
  • Compare the Christian chapels with elaborately decorated rooms like the mihrab and maksura
  • Finish with a visit to one of Cordoba’s pretty patios to sample a glass of local Montilla-Moriles wine

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What You Can Expect

Cordoba Mezquita Tour with Wine Tasting

Admire the Mezquita, one of the most beautiful example of Baroque art in Europe.

Meet your guide near Cordoba Mezquita, and then head inside its main entranceway – Puerta del Perdon – to discover the site’s history with your guide. Tracing its roots to around AD 600, the impressive monument is believed to have started out as the Christian Visigothic Church of St Vincent before converting to a mosque nearly a century later. In the early 13th century, it was reconverted to a Christian Church, and has stayed that way ever since, although Spanish Muslims still petition to worship inside the Mezquita once again.

After entering through Puerta del Perdon – the monument’s 14th-century Mudejar gateway – stroll through Patio de los Naranjos, a beautiful and shady courtyard that’s adorned with orange trees. Pass beneath the Mezquita’s distinctive striped arches, and then stop for a look at a Renaissance cathedral nave called Capilla Mayor. Added at the request of King Charles V (who instantly regretted it), the nave is one of the Mezquita’s standout features – a striking Christian monument that takes an ironic pride of place inside one of the world’s largest mosques.

Admire the cathedral choir section with its intricately detailed Baroque ceiling, and then amble through the Christian chapels toward the back of the building. See the maksura, a royal enclosure where the Muslim caliphs once prayed, and then gaze in wonder at the mihrab. The 10th-century prayer room drips with ornamentation, with hundreds of gold Byzantine mosaics embellishing its walls.

Having explored the Mezquita with your guide, head outside into the sunny streets of Cordoba, and finish your tour with a leisurely paced walk to one of the city’s patios – the beautiful Moorish courtyards that abound. Sample a glass of local Montilla-Moriles wine, savoring its nutty, sherry-like flavor, and then bid your guide goodbye. Your tour finishes in the courtyard.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Wonderful experience!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

it was awesome, the guide was wonderful, couldn't fault anything, 5 stars/10 out of 10

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