Cordoba Mezquita Tour With Wine Tasting

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    1:15 PM
  • Departure Details :
    Central Cordoba, Patio de los Naranjos de la Mezquita, in front of the existing olive tree near to the fountain.
  • Return Details :
    Concludes in central Cordoba
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Explore the Mezquita, Cordobas stunning cathedral-mosque, on a 1-hour walking tour. The grand dame of the city boasts a history that dates back to the days of AD 600, serving stints as both a Christian church and a mosque. Admire contrasting architecture like Mudejar, Baroque, Renaissance and Byzantine while exploring rooms such as the maksura and the Christian chapels. The tour finishes with a walk to one of Cordobas Bar with patio to sample a glass of local Montilla-Moriles wine.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Free drinks included
  • Led by a local guide

Know More about this tour

Meet your guide near Cordoba Mezquita, and then head inside its main entranceway Puerta del Perdon to discover the sites history with your guide. Tracing its roots to around AD 600, the impressive monument is believed to have started out as the Christian Visigothic Church of St Vincent before converting to a mosque nearly a century later. In the early 13th century, it was reconverted to a Christian Church, and has stayed that way ever since, although Spanish Muslims still petition to worship inside the Mezquita once again.

After entering through Puerta del Perdon the monuments 14th-century Mudejar gateway stroll through Patio de los Naranjos, a beautiful and shady courtyard thats adorned with orange trees. Pass beneath the Mezquitas distinctive striped arches, and then stop for a look at a Renaissance cathedral nave called Capilla Mayor. Added at the request of King Charles V (who instantly regretted it), the nave is one of the Mezquitas standout features a striking Christian monument that takes an ironic pride of place inside one of the worlds largest mosques.

Admire the cathedral choir section with its intricately detailed Baroque ceiling, and then amble through the Christian chapels toward the back of the building. See the maksura, a royal enclosure where the Muslim caliphs once prayed, and then gaze in wonder at the mihrab. The 10th-century prayer room drips with ornamentation, with hundreds of gold Byzantine mosaics embellishing its walls.

Having explored the Mezquita with your guide, head outside into the sunny streets of Cordoba, and finish your tour with a leisurely paced walk to one of the citys patios the beautiful Moorish courtyards that abound. Sample a glass of local Montilla-Moriles wine, savoring its nutty, sherry-like flavor, and then bid your guide goodbye. Your tour finishes in the courtyard.

Inclusions

Local guide

1 glass of wine

Entry/Admission - Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba

Exclusions

Food and drinks, unless specified

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

Traveler Reviews

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  • 20-Sep-2017

    Tour guide was good and location is amazing, but was advertised as 2 hours and with Wine Tasting. Tour was only for 1 hour and no wine tasting. what happened ?

  • 12-Oct-2016

    Great guide and wonderful tour. Lots of interesting history presented.

  • 26-Jun-2016

    The Mezquita is an amazing building and it was great having all the history and architectural details explained by our guide. Not sure I'd bother with the wine tasting though.

  • 22-Jun-2016

    This tour was amazing!

  • 13-Jun-2015

    This is such an amazing place to see! It is a must and so helpful to have a tour guide who was so knowledgeable. It was in both English and Spanish but as she did the presentation for the Spanish we were able to walk around and take photos. We had a little trouble finding the meeting point so give yourself enough time ahead. The wine tasting after is worth it because she took us to some interesting points outside the Mezquita also that we would not have realized were there. A day well spent.

  • 10-Jun-2015

    Hmm. We were to have been in an English speaking group but we also had a French couple with us. This meant that half the time, rather than being with us and telling us information, she spent it with the French couple. Now this was fine at times. But when you say your tour guide is doing an English tour, that is all she should be doing. Not spending half the time translating for others. But the place was beautiful. My husband is a Middle East history Professor so we knew a lot of what we were seeing so not having 100 of the guides attention was ok but for the others it was not. Please Viator, don't do this. It takes away from the quality when you are splitting their time in two groups.

  • 01-Jun-2015

    This tour was incredible. Definitely one of the highlights of our entire trip to Spain. The Mezquita is gorgeous, and our tour guide was very knowledgeable and engaging. Thanks for the great time!

  • 20-Aug-2014

    Wonderful experience!

  • 18-May-2014

    it was awesome, the guide was wonderful, couldn't fault anything, 5 stars/10 out of 10

  • 03-Jan-2014

    If you want to visit Cordoba's Mezquita, having a guide is a must. This tour revealed so much of the cathedral-mosque's fascinating history and diverse architectural styles. We also had enough time to walk around take photos on our own, which was nice, as the tour didn't feel rushed. A glass of wine at a lovely nearby restaurant was a great way to end the tour!

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