A VISIT TO THE MOSQUE-CATHEDRAL
Five minutes from the Cordoba Carpe Diem hotel is the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, considered the best preserved Muslim monument in the West, one of the most amazing monuments of humanity and the most religious building. singular of all existing ones. Its history summarizes the complete evolution of the Umayyad style in Spain, as well as the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles of Christian construction.
The Tourism Consortium city of Cordoba and the Cathedral Chapter, with the Sponsorship of the Tourism Excellence Plan of Cordoba, offers a night visit as a new way to get to know this unique Temple and admire its beauty, discovering previously unpublished aspects of it, immersing ourselves in experiences and transporting us, through new technologies, through a journey in time, in art and in spirituality that will take us on a journey through the history of the Monument, its artistic value and its cultural and religious importance.
A VISIT TO MADINAT AL-ZAHRA
Five minutes from the hotel Cordoba Carpe Diem, in the Information and Tourism Office located in the Plaza de las Tendillas, we can schedule a visit to the Archaeological Site of the city of Madinat Al-Zahra located on the outskirts of the city; which, together with the Alhambra of Granada, constitutes the summit of Hispano-Muslim architecture.
Abd al-Rahman III proclaimed himself Caliph in 929 AD. and, after eight years of reign, he decided to build the Madinat Al-Zahra Palatine City eight kilometers from Cordoba, at the foot of Sierra Morena, to strengthen the image of the newly created powerful Independent Caliphate of the West, one of the greatest medieval kingdoms of Europe.
Around ten thousand people worked daily in its construction and, to achieve the desired effect, no materials were spared-rich marbles, gold, precious stones-and careful craftsmanship was carried out.
The palatine city Madinat Al-Zahra is divided into three terraces surrounded by a wall. The Alcázar Real is located on the upper and intermediate terraces while the lower area was reserved for housing and the mosque, built outside the walls.
A WALK THROUGH THE PATIOS
On a walk from the hotel Cordoba Carpe Diem, touring the Historic Quarter, we can visit the courtyards of Cordoba in the areas of the Jewish Quarter, Regina – Magdalena, Santa Marina – San Agustín, Santiago – San Pedro, San Lorenzo and Alcázar Viejo.
The most characteristic neighborhood is that of the Alcázar Viejo and the most beautiful exponent will be found in the Palacio de Viana, in the area of Santa Marina – San Agustín, which has twelve different courtyards. Also in the Jewish quarter, in the surroundings of the Mosque-Cathedral, you will find courtyards of great beauty and antiquity.
There are different options to visit the patios of Cordoba; You can see them on your own during the Festival or, you can sign up for a concerted visit, whether you come on those dates or if you come for the rest of the year.
A WALK THROUGH THE JEWISH
On a walk from the hotel Cordoba Carpe Diem through the old Jewish quarter, we will visit many irregular streets such as Calleja de las Flores and Calleja del Pañuelo, and we can visit the Mosque-Cathedral, the Arab House, the Synagogue and the House of Separated .
If we reach the extreme southwest of the Historic Quarter we will find the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, former accommodation of the kings and seat of the Inquisition, the Royal Stables, breeding place of the Andalusian horse, and, next to the wall, the ancient Caliphs Baths
A WALK THROUGH PLAZA DEL POTRO
On a walk from the hotel Cordoba Carpe Diem through the South of the Historic District, to the East of the Mosque-Cathedral, we will find the Plaza and the Posada del Potro, named after the foal that rises in the fountain located in the center of the square, mentioned in literary works such as Don Quixote and La Feria de los Discretos.
A WALK THROUGH THE GUADALQUIVIR RIVER
On a walk from the hotel Cordoba Carpe Diem along the banks of the Guadalquivir River we will find the Molinos del Guadalquivir, buildings from the Muslim period that took advantage of the force of the current to grind the flour; such as the Albolafia Mill, the Alegría Mill, the Martos Mill, the Enmedio Mill, the Salmoral Mill, the San Antonio Mill, the Hierro Mill, the Téllez Mill, the San Rafael Mill and the Don Tello Mill or Pápalotierno.
A WALK THROUGH THE WALLS
On a walk from the hotel Cordoba Carpe Diem, surrounding the extensive historical center, we will find the ancient Roman walls, of which some canvases are conserved; the Puerta de Almodóvar, the Puerta de Sevilla and the Puerta del Puente, which are the only three remaining doors of the thirteen that the city had; some towers such as the Malmuerta Tower, the Belén Tower and the Puerta del Rincón Tower; and the fortresses of the Torre de la Calahorra and the Torre de los Donceles.
A WALK THROUGH THE PALACES
In a walk from the Hotel Cordoba Carpe Diem, touring the entire Historic District, we will find palatial buildings such as the Viana Palace, the Merced Palace, the Orive Palace, the Aguayos Palace, the Luna Palace, the Duke of Medina Palace Sidonia, Palace of the Marquises of the Carpio and the Palace of the Marqués de Benamejí among others.
A WALK THROUGH THE ROMAN BRIDGE
On a walk from the hotel Cordoba Carpe Diem, south of the Mosque-Cathedral, in city of Cordoba, we will find the recently restored Roman Bridge located on the Guadalquivir River of Cordoba, which connects the area of Campo de la Verdad with the District of the Cathedral and it was the only bridge in the city for twenty centuries.
Built at the beginning of the 1st century A.D., it has a length of about 331 meters and is made up of 16 arches, although it originally had 17 and was an important means of entry to the city from the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula because it was the only point for Cross the river without using any type of boat. The Via Augusta that went from Rome to Cádiz passed through it. On the one side of the bridge is the Calahorra tower and on the other side is the bridge door.
A WALK THROUGH THE ROMAN CORDOBA
On a walk from the hotel Cordoba Carpe Diem, going through the Historical Quarter, we will find other buildings from the Roman era; besides the Roman bridge over the Guadalquivir river, the Roman temple located in Capitulares street, the Roman theater -whose remains are integrated in the building of the Archaeological Museum- located in the square of Jerónimo Páez, the amphitheater -which was the third most great of all the Empire – located in the Rector of the UCO and the Palace of the Emperor Maximiano Hercúleo located in the Archaeological Site of Cercadilla; as well as, the Roman mausoleum, the colonial forum and the Adiectum forum.