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“Amazing night tour”

Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Roman Catholic church that was once a mosque. Blending many architectural styles, the structure evolved over the centuries.
Rochester, New York
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“Amazing night tour”
Reviewed 8 August 2014

The night tour had been recommended by Spanish friends and it lived up to their description. We were at first concerned when we saw that headsets were being used and that we were to start with an orientation video, but a tour guide was there to lead the tour and take us through in a group, lighting each section of the mosque in turn. I had been to this "wonder of the world" before in the daytime and I can say I saw more this time at night thanks to the lighting. It is particularly helpful to light up the higher reaches and ceilings that you otherwise would not see as well. The commentary was a bit overblown but we still learned a lot as we went through phases of the mosque and cathedral in the order of its construction. We ended up agreeing that the night tour was very special and worth the money. It is a bit difficult to book this tour. We tried to do it from El Corte Ingles website without luck from home, and then from the travel agency of El Corte Ingles at a branch of the store in another part of Spain but were told we couldn't as we weren't in Andalucia. As our last try, we ran over to get night tickets in person as soon as we got into Cordoba. (Cash only, but there is a nearby ATM.) If you can book ahead with the El Corte Ingles website, do that, but if not shoot over to the ticket window as soon as you can so as not to miss this sight. Photos are not allowed and this was disappointing, but we'll remember the images forever nonetheless.

Visited July 2014
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

This really ought to be called Great Mosque and Cathedral because the Mezquita is an amazing mosque to which has been added an excrescence of a Baroque cathedral. The addition would be magnificent anywhere else in Spain with its decoration and proportions but here, in one of the world’s greatest architectural creations, it is almost an unwanted afterthought. Not that we didn’t enjoy both, of course, but the miraculous Roman columns reconfigured with the double arches have created a hypostyle hall space quite unlike any other and, to my mind, even better more moving than the interior of the Great Mosque of Kairouan that I saw a while ago. If you are in Cordoba, you will not miss this for any reason – whatever they charge for the tickets – but take your time as there is so much to see. Get a good guidebook and do everything your time allows. We spent ages admiring the decorative arts of Islam and Christianity. My wife was fascinated by a most instructive film on the restoration of the artefacts so you’ll know that your entrance fee is being put to good use. When you are walked off your feet, sit quietly in the Patio de los Naranjos and ponder all you have seen. You’ll remember this building for a long time. Essential viewing…

Visited May 2014
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“Simply in awe”
Reviewed 8 August 2014

Words are not enough to describe the rich history and architecture behind this church/mosque. You walk in silence marveling the wooden ceilings, tiled walls, stone arches, the outside courtyard lined with fragrant orange trees and interesting religious artifacts. It is a walking trip back in time - a must-see when in Cordoba.

Visited August 2014
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Reviewed 7 August 2014

I've traveled a lot around Europe and seeing many cathedrals and churches but this one is different, thus it is unique. It is a must see in Cordoba.

Visited July 2014
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Reviewed 7 August 2014

What is there not to like? It is a peaceful and serene place with amazing architecture. Did not get the earphones for a tour, wish we had. The arches are superb.

Visited August 2014
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