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.
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