Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba Tickets

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Opening hours

10:00 am - 6:30 pm

The cathedral is open every day for general visits

There are guided tours of the Bell Tower every half hour from 9:30. Entry costs €10 per person, but it is free for children under the age of 10. The Bell Tower tour costs an additional €2.

How to get there

Calle Cardenal Herrero, 1, 14003 Córdoba, Spain

The Mosque-Cathedral overlooks the River Guadalquivir, right in the heart of Cordoba on Calle Cardinal Herrero. Taxis can bring you close to the Mosque-Cathedral by dropping you off at Calle Torrijos, or you can take local buses to the Puerta del Puente stop.

FAQ

How did the Mosque-Cathedral come to be?
The name of this famous Spanish landmark reflects its history. While it’s commonly believed that an ancient church stood on the site in the early centuries AD, it’s certain that a mosque was built here in the 8th century. This is the origin of the building's Moorish aspect and its mix of North African and European styles. It is one of the finest examples of this kind of cultural blend in Spain. The catholic aspects were introduced in the 13th century, when the area was reconquered by Spanish Catholics.
What can I see inside?
The interior of the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba is stunning. The incredibly intricate architectural work will keep you mesmerised, and you’ll notice the distinct Moorish influences. Note, for example, the moon and eight-pointed star atop the Bell Tower, and the distinctive white and gold colour scheme throughout the building. Many of the wall carvings are distinctly Islamic, while the cathedral nave at the centre of the structure reminds you that you’re in a catholic cathedral. Meanwhile, the Mihrab is a gorgeously adorned arch that indicates the direction to Mecca.
What is there to see around the cathedral?
Walk beneath the citrus and palm trees outside the cathedral, which give the area surrounding the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba such a distinctly Spanish feel. There’s a long, symmetrical pool with shaped shrubbery and fountains, designed to give the grounds a tranquil and inviting feel. The multi-level courtyard gives a superb opportunity to take great photos of the surrounding city of Cordoba. The orange grove, called Patio de Naranjos, is particularly large, and you could spend many sunny hours here, contemplating its beauty.
Is the Bell Tower worth a visit?
Absolutely, as it will give you unparalleled views out across the golden-hued city of Cordoba, with its pretty river and the nearby mountains on the horizon. The tower is 93m high and was constructed over the original mosque's minaret. It’s undoubtedly the Mosque-Cathedral’s most distinctive feature, and climbing it will bring your visit to completion.

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Audio guides for historical insight
You can get an audio guide for €4, which will give you a more complete understanding of the Mosque-Cathedral. The audio guides are available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German and Russian. There are also specialised kids’ audio guides available in English, Spanish and French, which will give children an engaging experience on their visit here.
Amenities in the Mosque-Cathedral
Check out the information point and grab a map-leaflet to help you navigate your way around the interior. There are also guided tours available here, so enquire if you’re interested in hearing more about this amazing construction. The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba is wheelchair accessible, and there are disabled toilets on site. Specially adapted materials for blind visitors can be found. Toilets for all visitors and a nappy-changing area are also available.
The various chapels
The Mosque-Cathedral is home to a number of different chapels, and some of the most distinct are the Chapel of the Conversion of Saint Paul and the Chapel of the Nativity of Our Lady. Look up in Saint Paul's and you’ll notice the startling gilded carvings that complement the white paintwork. The sculpture of Saint Paul is also beautiful, and other famous biblical scenes and figures such as the Coronation of the Virgin are depicted with the help of statues and paintings. The three panel paintings in the Chapel of the Nativity of Our Lady portray major biblical moments from the life of Mary.

Places nearby

Roman bridge of Cordoba
One of the most photographed monuments in Cordoba, the Roman bridge is truly ancient, dating back to the first century BC. Of course, a fair amount of reconstruction has been done over the thousands of years of its life, but the bridge endures, forming a central connection between the two sides of this ancient city. Major restorative efforts were made to it in the 8th century by the Moors, around the time the Mosque-Cathedral was built.
Roman bridge of Cordoba
Roman bridge of Cordoba
Palace of the Christian Kings
The Spanish name of this palace is Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos. An ‘alcazar’ is a type of North African palace, one of the most famous being the one featured in Game of Thrones, which is located in the nearby town of Seville. Cordoba’s own Alcazar, the Palace of the Christian Kings dates back to the 14th century. The site was originally used to house the Roman Governor, until in 1328 King Alfonso XI of Castile ordered the present building to be constructed. It served not only as a palace but also as a defensive fort for the medieval royal families. Today it is the alluring interiors and beautiful gardens that are most attractive to visitors.
Palace of the Christian Kings
Palace of the Christian Kings
Medina Azahara
In the Islamic world, a ‘medina’ is a walled quarter in a city with labyrinthine streets housing markets, mosques, and other important buildings. Another vestige from Cordoba’s Moorish past, the Medina Azahara was previously the hub of commercial and religious activity in the city. Today, the ruins offer a glimpse into what remains of the basilicas, mosques, and palaces of Cordoba's past.
Medina Azahara
Medina Azahara