So Much To See In The Old Town in Córdoba
We saw a lot in the old town in Córdoba even though we had a very relaxing stay! Some days we visited the major tourist sites. And some days we visited spots that many people missed on day trips. Staying inside the the walls of the old town in Córdoba meant we had opportunities early and later in the day. We enjoyed the sights after many tourists left old town in Córdoba.
The Old Town Of Córdoba Sat Inside The Wall
Walls surrounded the old town of Córdoba. They were originally built when the Romans captured the city in 206 BC and acted as fortifications. Only part of the wall and some gates remained. We saw part of the wall close to our hotel. And passed through the gates when we toured old town in Cordoba.
We Started With the Major Tourist Sites
We had four days in Córdoba. That was enough time to spread out our visits to the major tourist sties in the old town in Córdoba. We started with the Alcazar. The massive gardens provided a green space with blooming flowers and the trickling sound of fountains. Inner Moorish designed courtyards and baths led us into the palace. Exhibits inside provided a view into the history of the building and some amazing recovered mosaics. We went up the Lion Tower for three levels and got a panoramic view.
From the tower at the Alcazar, we saw the vast site of the Mosque-Cathedral Of Córdoba. One day we wandered around the outside. This gave us a view of the main gates, the inner courtyard and the multiple doors into the church. On a second day we tackled the inside. Inside we found a fascinating mix of Islamic and Catholic design and decoration. It was easy to see why the Mosque-Cathedral Of Córdoba was regarded as one of the leading Moorish sites in the world.
Jewish History Inside the Walls
The major tourist sites in the old town in Córdoba gave us a view of the Islamic and Catholic history of Córdoba. A visit the the old Synagogue in Córdoba provided another religious view. The old Synagogue inside the walls of Córdoba was in the Jewish Quarter. Built in 1315, it may have originally been the private synagogue of a wealthy man.
We entered through a small courtyard into the main prayer hall. The square hall was decorated on each side with different stone carved panels.
When we looked close, we saw the remains of writing around doorways and on panels. We wondered what stories they told.
In one alcove, we saw the remains of a fresco of a black and red cross. This dated back to the time when this building was used as a hospital.
The Bull Museum
Touring around the south of Spain, we had many Andalusian experiences. We saw flamenco in Seville. In Córdoba we saw an Andalusian horse show. And we relaxed in a hammam in Córdoba. While we saw the bull fighting ring in Seville, we never experienced bull fighting in Spain. On our trip to South America, we toured the small Amazon town of Parintins where bull fighting was a major attraction. But we still never saw a bull fight!
In the old town in Córdoba there was a small Bull Fighting Museum (Museo Taurino). The main courtyard welcomed us with a statue of a bull and a matador’s head.
When we toured the inside, we found information about bull fighting. And display cases filled with authentic costumes.
Córdoba had a strong Moorish history. We found bath houses in the Moorish gardens at the Alcazar in Córdoba. We also found a whole site in the old town of Córdoba for baths at Los Baños Del Alcazar Califal.
When we walked into this underground site, we found 3 zones: the Caliph’s baths from the 10th century, a reception hall from the 11th century and the Almonhade baths from the 12th century.
A traditional bath ritual moved visitors from the cold room to the warm room to the hot room. We saw this same bath tradition when we visited the hammam in Córdoba. Beside the bath we saw the Taifa Hall. This was used as a reception hall. Some of the plaster that once decorated this room has been found. This provided a view of what the room originally looked like.
Plaza Del Triunfo
When we climbed high in the Alcazar, we saw the old town in Córdoba. The Guadalquivir River (the same river we crossed in Seville) ran close by. The Roman Bridge crossed the river at one end of the old town in Córdoba. The San Rafael Bridge crossed at the other end.
When we walked along the Guadalquivir River we got a close up view of the Roman Bridge with the Calahorra Tower on the far bank.
The Gate of the Bridge (Puerta del Puente) led to the old town in Cordoba. This giant arch drew tourists in with their cameras. It was also a favourite stopping point for both horse drawn carriages and the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus.
Standing high above the square was the statue of the Triumph of San Rafael (Truinfo de San Rafael). The whimsical detail was interesting.
Wander In The Old Town in Córdoba
We were very happy that we stayed within the walls in Córdoba. When we visited Seville for 4 days, we travelled every day and visited the major sights. Being inside the walls put us within easy walking distance of the great sights we found in the old town in Córdoba.
Instead of planning long days with multiple stops, we casually visited the sights one by one. Many of the sights in the old town in Córdoba had an admission fee. But many of these also had days and times when admission was free. Because we were so close, we planned our visits and saved some money too.
What sights did you see in the old town in Córdoba? What did you leave for another visit?
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