Join us for a Jewish Cordoba tour and explore one of the most interesting pages in Jewish European history. Walk the narrow streets of the historic Jewish Quarter of Cordoba, and recall the most splendid chapter of Jewish history in Spain. Our Jewish Cordoba tour will take you to a Cordoba synagogue dating back to 1315! One of only three pre-expulsion synagogues remaining in Spain, the Synagogue in Calle de los Judios was declared a national monument in 1985.
Cordoba, Spain is the birthplace of one of the greatest Jewish thinkers of all time, the physician and philosopher Moses Maimonides (1135 - 1204). A life-size statue honors him in this city that was once the unparalleled center of Jewish intellectual life. An Iberian and Roman city in ancient times, during the Middle Ages it became the capital of an Islamic caliphate that was tolerant toward its Christian and Jewish minorities. Universities thrived and in the 10th century it is estimated that Cordoba was the most populous city in the world.
In addition to its world-renowned samples of splendid Moorish buildings dating from the Islamic era, Cordoba boasts a rich Jewish history. Its Sephardic community flourished. The intellectual preeminence in the Jewish Mediterranean world was undoubtedly in part the result of the achievements of Hasdai Ibn Shaprut (915-970). A doctor, diplomat and scholar, Hasdai served the courts of several Caliphs. The Cordoba Jewish community of Hasdai’s time, situated near the alcazar, (fortress) was wealthy and vibrant. With the re-conquering of the city by Christians and the intolerance that followed, many families fled from Spain taking the key to their homes with them, which some still preserve to this day. They also took the medieval Judeo-Spanish dialect Ladino.
The Jewish Quarter of Cordoba is the best-known part of Cordoba's historic center, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To the northwest of the spectacular Mezquita-catedral de Cordoba (Mosque-Cathedral) along the city wall, its medieval streets have a distinctly Moorish flair, reminiscent of the Jews' prosperity under the Caliphate of Cordoba. The statue of Maimonides in the Plaza de Tiberiades is a lasting reminder of his life and achievements. The entrance to the ancient Juderia is near the Almodovar Gate. We will also take you to the small Jewish museum, Casa de Sefarad Casa de la Memoria, which contains items from local medieval Jewish homes and an exhibition on Sepharadic tradition.
Arriving in Cordoba on a cruise ship? Let us organize your convenient transfer from the port, for a seamless Cordoba shore excursion!