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Fascinating Cordoba

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An April 2007 trip to Cordoba by LenR

Hotel Albucasis Photo, Cordoba, Spain More Photos
Quote: We initially thought that this Andalusian gem was a quick stop on our way to somewhere else, but after visiting we realized that it has grand old monuments, some interesting hotels and great restaurants all calling out for a visit.

Jewish Quarter

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Inside old synagogue Photo, Cordoba, Spain
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The Jewish Quarter is the best-known part of Cordoba's historic centre, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984 and is one of the largest in Europe. To the northwest of the Mosque-Cathedral along the city wall, its medieval streets have a distinctly Moorish flair to them, reminiscent of the Jews' prosperity under the Caliphate of Cordoba. The neighbourhood consists of a fascinating network of narrow lanes, more atmospheric and less commercialised than in Seville. We just loved wandering around. Of special interest are the Synagogue and Souk. It is something not to be missed and adds an extra dimension to the story of the cathedral mosque.Jews formed a part of Cordoba's c...Read More

NH Amistad Cordoba

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Hotel | "Amistad Cordova"

NH Amistad Cordoba Photo, Cordoba, Spain
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The hotel is located in the heart of the historic Jewish district next to the Synagogue and is a short stroll from the Cathedral-Mosque. The NH Amistad Cordoba comprises two eighteenth century mansions and an adjoining building with access to the Maimónides Plaza. The careful renovation has restored the interior Mudejar-style courtyard, the neo-classical façade and the ornate woodwork ceilings to their original splendour. Unfortunately, ongoing work to expand the facility was causing some chaos when we visited.The hotel is four-star and has on-site car parking (if you can find your way here though the narrow one-way streets), 24 hours room service, a breakfast buffet, cocktail bar, restaur...Read More

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NH Amistad Cordoba
Plaza de Maimónides, 3
Cordoba
+34 95 7420335

Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba

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Attraction | "Cordoba Cathedral"

Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba Photo, Cordoba, Spain
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This would possibly be one of the most interesting religious buildings I have ever seen. The scale, the architecture and the history all combine to make a visit here very memorable. Today the structure is a Christian cathedral but for 400 years it was a grand mosque and the wonderful edifices of the two faiths have been miraculously incorporated into one.The site was originally home to the basilica of San Vivente which was constructed here in the 6th-century. Following the Islamic invasion of Cordova, construction of a mosque on the site of the church was commenced. This would eventually become the most important sanctuary of Western Islam in the world. The original construction was inspir...Read More

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Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba
Calles Torrijos and Cardenal Herrero S/N
Cordoba, Andalusia

Casa Palacio Bandol

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Restaurant | "Casa Palacio Bandol and Other Restaurants"

Exterior Photo, Cordoba, Spain
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The Casa Palacio Bandolero restaurant has a lot going for it. The restaurant is in an area that has been designated a World Heritage site opposite the western side of the magnificent cathedral Mosque of Cordova. The restaurant itself is the former residence of the Count and Countess of Cabra. It is a palace residence dating from the 16th-century.We only ate in the bar/cafe part of the restaurant rather than in one of the more formal dining rooms but the classic location and the excellent food were still obvious. The bar is a happy, lively area and ordering is easy because they are obviously used to English-speaking customers. We tried the classic paella and can only say it was excellent. A...Read More

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Hotel Albucasis

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Hotel Albucasis Photo, Cordoba, Spain
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Although the hotel is located in a beautiful part of Córdoba's historic-monumental quarter, and a mere stone's throw from the Mosque, you will wake up in the morning in a wonderfully peaceful environment, only broken by the ringing of the old Cathedral's bells. It is close to all you want to see and the city is very walkable. In fact, walking is the only way to see most of the sights.The hotel, a two-star accommodation in the centre of the Jewish Quarter of this beautiful city, was built in 1889. Its quiet, hospitable atmosphere is perfectly complemented by the quality service offered by its five, friendly employees. You immediately feel at home and can relax and enjoy the surroundings....Read More

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Hotel Albucasis
Calle Buen Pastor 11
Cordoba
+34 957 478 625