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Cordova

In this city they found the Jewish, Christian and Arab culture that marked the character of the city and left their mark.

Córdoba, a thousand-year-old city, has the second largest historic center in Europe, the largest urban area in the world declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Near the mosque-cathedral is the old Jewish Quarter formed by a multitude of irregular streets, such as Calleja de las Flores and Calleja del Pañuelo, where you can visit the Synagogue and the House of Sepharad.

Jewish quarter
It is known by Judería to the zone of the Spanish city of Cordova that was, between centuries X and XV, the district in which the Jews lived. It is located northwest of the Cathedral Mosque.
During the four centuries of Umayyad hegemony, the cultural, artistic and commercial activities of the Muslims made Al-Andalus the most cultured country in Europe. Historians speak with admiration of Cordoba, capital of the Umayyad Caliphate, which became a magnificent cultural center with its lakes and parks, glittering palaces and mosques.

Cathedral Mosque
The old Mosque of Cordoba, converted in the 13th century into the current Cathedral of Santa María, is considered the most important monument of all Andalusian architecture, together with the Alhambra.
With 23,400 square meters, it was the second largest mosque in the world on the surface, behind the Mecca Mosque.

Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos
Accommodation of kings in their rooms in Cordoba, the Catholic Monarchs spent more than eight years in the fortress, directing from it, the campaign against the Kingdom of Granada.
The architectural ensemble has a sober character in its exterior and splendid in its interior, with the magnificent gardens and patios that maintain a Mudejar inspiration. It is topped by four towers, Paloma, Leones, Tribute and Inquisition, giving the building an almost square shape.

Madinat Al-Zahra
It is a palatine or aulic city commanded to be built by Abderramán III. The archaeological site of Medina Azahara has been declared a site of cultural interest in the monument category since 1923.
Medina Azahara was distributed on three terraces; the city precinct adopts a rectangular layout (an extension of 112 hectares)
Recently in 2017 it has been declared a World Heritage Site

Gastronomy in Córdoba
The most typical dishes of the Cordoba cuisine are oxtail, flamenquines of ham, salmorejo, anchovies in vinegar and Cordovan cake. The latter is the genuine dessert of the city of Córdoba. It is a puff pastry stuffed with angel hair and covered with pieces of toasted almonds and powdered sugar and cinnamon.
Some confectioners also fill this cake with pieces of Iberian ham from the ground.

May in Córdoba: The courtyards, the crosses and the Fair
The festivities of the Crosses of May are the starting point of the festivities. The beautiful crosses adorned with carnations are the demand for these holidays to pass between friends.
Since 1918, the Patios competition has been organized in May, in which the typical houses of neighbors are decorated with the efforts of their owners to obtain the prestigious prizes. Parallel to this contest the contest of Rejas and Balcones takes place.
And the culmination of the month of May is produced with the Fair of Our Lady of Health, known nationally and is a point of reference for meeting friends and families. The fair supposes the exaltation of all the festivities of May, 8 days to enjoy, dance sevillanas and eat the exquisite dishes of each booth.
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