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All you need to know about taking a Cordoba Mosque tour

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The Mezquita de Cordoba, also known as the Cordoba Mosque, is the oldest mosque in Spain that was originally built in the 8th century when Muslim rulers were in power. When Cordoba was conquered by Christians in 1236, it was converted into a cathedral. You can explore various highlights on your Cordoba Mosque tour, such as the bell tower, the Patio de los Naranjos ( court of oranges ) and the Mihrab. If you're planning to take a tour of the Cordoba Mosque, read on to learn all you need to know!

Why book a guided tour of Cordoba Mosque?

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Cordoba Mosque tour highlights

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The Bell Tower

Originally built as a minaret, the iconic 54-meter tall Bell Tower offers breathtaking views of Córdoba. Transformed after the Christian takeover in 1236, it was rebuilt following earthquake damage in 1589, using bells from Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. Each of the bells has its own name! These bells also gesture inscriptions with unique engravings. Make sure you don’t miss this highlight!

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The Court of Oranges

The mosque's entrance, known as the Court of Oranges (Patio de los Naranjos), is surrounded by palm, olive, cypress, and 98 orange trees planted by Abd al-Rahman I in the 10th century. It was originally designed for gatherings and washing rituals and has beautiful fountains. As one of Europe's oldest gardens, it's the perfect place to unwind!

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Mihrab

One of the mosque-cathedral's most beautiful attractions, the Mihrab, marks the wall facing Mecca. It features a stunning horseshoe arch, Byzantine-inspired mosaics, and Quranic inscriptions. Decorated with plants, marble, plaster, ceramics, and paint, this small octagonal room topped with a dome is a true reflection of Islamic art and architecture.

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Prayer Hall

The Prayer Hall is an important stop on the Cordoba Mosque tour. It features 856 columns made from granite, marble, jasper, onyx, and porphyry, repurposed from a Roman temple! It is known for its beautiful symmetrical double arches. It also has horseshoe and semi-circular arches made of stone and red brick that are equally beautiful. The hall was previously used for teaching, Sharia law cases, special Friday prayers, and more.

Visitor tips 

  • Consider the Climate: Cordoba can get very hot, especially from June to August. Wear a hat, sunscreen, and light clothing, and try to stay in shaded areas when possible.
  • Visit Early or Late in the Day: To avoid the crowds, consider visiting early in the morning or later in the evening. This can provide a more peaceful and intimate experience.
  • Plan for Additional Time: Many visitors suggest allocating more time than you initially think you'll need. There's so much to see and appreciate within the Mosque-Cathedral, and rushing through it won't do it justice.
  • Engage with Locals: Even though your tour guide will tell you fascinating stories about the history of the mosque and answer all the questions you may have, don’t miss the chance to  to interact with locals and staff members at the Mosque-Cathedral. They may offer valuable insights, recommendations, or anecdotes!

Frequently asked questions about Cordoba Mosque tours

What does the Cordoba Mosque guided tour cover?

The Cordoba Mosque guided tour covers all the major points of interest inside the Great Mosque of Cordoba like the Prayer Hall, Court of Oranges, the Mihrab and the Bell Tower!

How many people can go on a Cordoba Mosque tour?

It depends on the type of Cordoba Mosque tour you book. Guided tours usually have a maximum capacity of 25 guests.

Can I cancel a booked Cordoba Mosque tour?

Yes. You can get a full refund on canceling your Cordoba Mosque tour up to 48 hours before the scheduled date.

How long is the Cordoba Mosque tour?

It depends on the ticket chosen but the Cordoba Mosque guided tours are usually between 1 to 3.5 hours long.

Are there audio guides available for self-guided tours of the Cordoba Mosque?

Yes, audio guides are available at the Cordoba Mosque for self guided tours. They provide informative commentary in up to 4 languages. 

Are children allowed on tours of the Cordoba Mosque?

Yes, children are welcome to join guided or self guided tours of the Cordoba Mosque, but we recommend considering  the duration and content of the tour to ensure it's suitable for your child’s age and interests.

Are there facilities for visitors with mobility challenges at the Cordoba Mosque?

Yes. The Cordoba Mosque is equipped with facilities to accommodate visitors with mobility challenges, including disabled toilets, wheelchair loans and ramps.