Following the Christian Reconquista

The massive bell tower was built in the 1600s replacing a minaret previously on the site.

Following the Christian Reconquista of Córdoba in 1236, building was converted into a church, and four centuries later a cathedral at the center of the building was constructed.

Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos


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Invaders Came And Built A Utopia

An Iberian Roman city in ancient times, in the Middle Ages it became the capital of an Islamic caliphate.

Step Back In Time… Arriving in Códoba by train one steps out into modern day Spain, tree lined avenues and new apartment buildings. A few minutes away you step back into a land of powerfull Caliphs, medieval streets and the famed Mezquita, the focal point of the city and Cordoba’s great glory. During its prosperous Moorish Caliphate era (766-1031), Cordoba was a great cultural, political, financial and literary centre, with the largest library in the world.

The Mezquita Cordoba Spain

The Mezquita

Built in 786 as a mosque, the structure was expanded several times under
Cordoba's Muslim rule while still remaining largely true to the original design.

Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos was used as the residence and fortress of Ferdinand and Isabella (the "Christian Monarchs" for whom the building is now named) as well as a headquarters for the Spanish Inquisition. The grounds and gardens are sometimes described as from the caliphate, yet they are renaissance with 18th and 19th century additions.

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