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“Nice overlook”

Ranked #35 of 145 things to do in Cordoba
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 12 June 2014

We came here with our friend who lives in Cordoba. He had been on the outside many times but never went in. We just went to the overlook. We did not see the chapel. Our friend liked it so much he said he would bring his girlfriend here (she is also from Cordoba but was in the US at the time).

Entry price is minimal. 1 or 1.5 euro.

It is a calming place away from the city.

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Reviewed 4 May 2014

In the high hills next to Cordoba there lies a former retreat hermitage for the monks of the Discalced Carmelite order, now unpopulated but open to the public. The monks honored poverty, silence, solitude and penance as a means of coming closer to God.

I was taken to Las Ermitas by my husband, who used to frequent the hermitage as a child. He told me that his mother before him used to make the long hike to the top of the mountain just to eat the beans that the monks cooked and provided daily for the poor of Cordoba. One of the roads leading the chapel is now called "Questa de los Pobres" because it was worn by the feet of the many that made the trek for food.

Las Ermitas includes several open domiciles as well as access to part of a cave where a particular monk lived, finding even the domiciles to be too privileged. Las Ermitas has been unpopulated since the last monk passed away in 1957, but still holds service daily in its beautiful chapel, which began holding service in 1709. Another gem is the massive statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, visible when lit at night from Cordoba, as a beacon of blessing to the Cordovans. And the view from a marble carved seat on the mountains edge cannot be beat. The seat, known as the Bishops Seat after the Bishop Trevilla, was constructed because the sight from that "seat" was believed to bring you closer to God because of the magnificence of nature.

I could not believe that this incredible, humbling cultural and religious site was relatively unknown to Tripadvisor when so many cathedrals, mosques and castles were reviewed hundreds of times. Las Ermitas costs only a Euro to enter, and the site is maintained by volunteers primarily. It is a truly sobering and inspiring place to visit, and the view and photographic scenes are worth the short drive out of the city up the gorgeous winding road to the hermitage. I saw numerous cyclists on the way up, indicating that the road is popular for cyclists.

The site is also handicap accessible (except the cave) and there are quiet, knowledgable volunteers handy. Be noted that the hours are few, as the site is still used as a religious retreat and services occur in the small, ornate chapel.

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