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  • Address: Calle del Cardenal Herrero, 1, 14003, Cordoba, Spain
  • Hours: Summer: Mon-Sat: 10am-7pm Winter: Mon-Sat: 8:30am-6pm Sun/Holidays: 8:30-10am and 2-6pm
  • Admission: Adults: €8, Child: €4

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Mezquita (Mosque-Cathedral)

Originally the site of the Christian Visigoth Church San Vicente, Córdoba’s Mezquita -- or Grand Mosque -- stands as the city's most proud monument and one of the most exquisite Islamic structures in the western world. 

Its initial origins date back to the year 600 and, following the Islamic conquest in the 8th century, the site of the Visigoth church was actually split between Christians and Muslims for a time. Ultimately, it was bought out by the governor of al-Andalus, with the construction of the Islamic mosque beginning in 785 by Muslim emir Abdurrahman I. 

Since then, the structure has evolved right along with Spanish history. A minaret was added, and the building was enlarged, reaching its final size in 987. Then, when Kind Ferdinand conquered Córdoba during the Reconquista in 1236, the structure was consecrated as a Christian Cathedral. Following that, more changes ensued, such as the conversion of the minaret to a bell tower, and the addition of a Renaissance cathedral nave in the middle of the mosque. 

Nowadays, visitors can still witness these layers of history, appreciating the mosque-cathedral's 850 columns of jasper, onyx, marble and granite, the Muslim mihrab (prayer niche), and the striped horseshoe arches, which are so representative of the structure.

Practical Info:

Located in the heart of Córdoba, you can access the Mezquita via its Patio de los Naranjos (Orange Tree Courtyard), which is free to enter. Once there, you can purchase tickets at a kiosk. You can also enter the Mezquita at night with a separate -- albeit more pricey -- ticket, or enter during the day for free between 8:30am and 10am, Monday through Saturday.

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Great Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba History Tour, Cordoba, null
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Great Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba History Tour

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Walking tour in small-group and with a local qualified guide of the Cathedral and former the Great Mosque of Cordoba.

Location: Córdoba, Spain
Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)

From USD $22.85
Cordoba City Tour from Seville, Cordoba, Cultural Tours
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Cordoba City Tour from Seville

Enjoy one of the most amazing cities in Andalusia with this 9-hour guided trip from Seville. Explore the wonders of Cordoba, where art, history and culture ...  Read more

Location: Seville, Spain
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $101.69
Private Tour: Cordoba Day Trip from Granada, Granada, City Tours
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Private Tour: Cordoba Day Trip from Granada

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Cordoba is a captivating Andalusian city with many attractive monuments to admire. On this private tour from Granada you'll discover Cordoba's mosque, ...  Read more

Location: Granada, Spain
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $131.97
Cordoba Day Trip from Granada, Granada, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Cordoba Day Trip from Granada

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Join a day trip from Granada to Cordoba and discover the magnificent Catholic Cathedral and as well as one of the few existing synagogues left in Spain. ...  Read more

Location: Granada, Spain
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $142.83
Cordoba Monuments Tour, Cordoba, Day Trips
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Cordoba Monuments Tour

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Enjoy a walking tour of the most important monuments of Cordoba: Fortress of Catholic Kings (inside), Jewish Quarter (streets), Synagogue (inside) and ...  Read more

Location: Córdoba, Spain
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $39.99
Cordoba Day Trip from Costa del Sol, Costa del Sol, Walking Tours
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Cordoba Day Trip from Costa del Sol

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Discover the Andalusian charm of Cordoba on this day trip from Costa del Sol. The intriguing ancient city of Cordoba was the capital of Moorish Spain for over ...  Read more

Location: Costa del Sol, Spain
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $73.13
Classic Cordoba: Mosque, Synagogue and Jewish Quarter 2-Hour Guided Tour, Cordoba, Day Trips
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Classic Cordoba: Mosque, Synagogue and Jewish Quarter 2-Hour Guided Tour

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Embark on the Classic Cordoba: Mosque, Synagogue and Jewish Quarter 2-Hour Guided Tour and visit one of the most interesting and must see locations in this ...  Read more

Location: Córdoba, Spain
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.42
Monumental Cordoba: Guided 3-Hour Walking Tour, Cordoba, City Tours
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Monumental Cordoba: Guided 3-Hour Walking Tour

Join the Monumental Cordoba: Guided 3-Hour Walking Tour and visit the Mosque, Alcazar, Synagogue and Jewish quarter. Tickets and Local Guide are included for ...  Read more

Location: Córdoba, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $46.85
3 Hour Cordoba Monuments Walking Tour, Cordoba, City Tours
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3 Hour Cordoba Monuments Walking Tour

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Walking tour of the most important monuments of Cordoba: Fortress of Catholic Monarchs (inside), Jewish Quarter (streets), Synagogue (inside) and ...  Read more

Location: Cordoba, Spain
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $39.99
Cordoba Mezquita Tour with Wine Tasting, Cordoba, Half-day Tours
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Cordoba Mezquita Tour with Wine Tasting

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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 ...  Read more

Location: Cordoba, Spain
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $31.99

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