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Córdoba Synagogue (Sinagoga de Córdoba)
Córdoba Synagogue (Sinagoga de Córdoba)

Córdoba Synagogue (Sinagoga de Córdoba)

Calle de los Judíos, 20, 14004 , Cordoba , Spain

The Basics

While the Jewish community once played a key role on the Iberian Peninsula, Jewish people were expelled in 1492 during the Spanish Inquisition. Córdoba’s synagogue and two others in the city of Toledo remain as the only lasting structures of their kind from pre-Inquisition Spain.

With a humble brick exterior, the small temple has intricate Hebrew inscriptions on the interior walls, scalloped archways, and Mudejar plasterwork that’s reminiscent of the ivory-colored carvings in the Alcázar of Seville. After the Spanish Inquisition, the synagogue was used as a hospital, a chapel, and a school. Now, it is open to the public as a museum of Jewish culture in Spain. Visit as part of a cultural walking tour, or on a day trip from Madrid.

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Classic Cordoba: Mosque, Synagogue, and Jewish Quarter Guided Tour
Classic Cordoba: Mosque, Synagogue, and Jewish Quarter Guided Tour
star-4.5
$40.24 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Highly recommended
The guide Angel was excellent, knowledgeable and personable. He was very organized and deliver the information effectively.
Tomoko_T, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Cordoba

star-4
An amazing historical experience.
Kate_C, Oct 2021
Cordoba: Mosque,Cathedral, Alcazar & Synagogue with Skip the Line Tickets
Alcazar gardens and the mosque and cathedral. The Jewish quarter was fascinating but very crowded. Our guide was extremely well versed in the history of this area and era.
star-5
Memorable trip
Helen_Z, Oct 2021
Classic Cordoba: Mosque, Synagogue, and Jewish Quarter Guided Tour
Guided tour was the best way to really appreciate the surrounding history. Our guide, Angel, was amazing!
star-5
Perfect tour for highlights
Razia_B, Oct 2021
Classic Cordoba: Mosque, Synagogue, and Jewish Quarter Guided Tour
The whole tour was historically interesting. The tourleader has lots of knowledge. I was onky one day in cordoba and after the tour in morning it was easy to spend time on other highlights.
star-5
Córdoba WOW Amazing
Timothy_A, Mar 2020
Cordoba: Mosque,Cathedral, Alcazar & Synagogue with Skip the Line Tickets
One of the best tours in the world, our tour guide Joaquin Knowledge was amazing. The history of Córdoba made the most important cities in Spain. I would recommend the 4 hour tour.
star-5
Fascinating history and incredible beauty.
Marianne_B, Oct 2021
Classic Cordoba: Mosque, Synagogue, and Jewish Quarter Guided Tour
Very interesting and informative tour. Our guide Maki was very well informed and very good at steering us around queues and back ups.
star-4
Tour could have better content
Toly V, Oct 2019
Mosque of Cordoba, Jewish Quarter & Synagogue DayTrip from Seville
The tour guide Christina was excellent, but we are not very happy with the content of the tour. We spent more time in Alcazar, which is much less interesting than in Sevilla, than in Mosque, which is the main Cordoba attraction.
star-5
Excellent tour.
susan_w, Oct 2019
Mosque of Cordoba, Jewish Quarter & Synagogue DayTrip from Seville
On time pick up from our hotel as described. Guide on bus was talkative and friendly. Guide in Cordoba was excellent and knowledgeable. Highly recommend.
star-5
Very recommandable
Anouk_H, Oct 2021
Classic Cordoba: Mosque, Synagogue, and Jewish Quarter Guided Tour
Our guide Angél was very knowledgable and friendly. There was a lot of interacting with the small group which was very Nice . We would surely recommand this tour . Thanks to Angél
star-5
A really excellent way to...
James_R, Sep 2021
Classic Cordoba: Mosque, Synagogue, and Jewish Quarter Guided Tour
A really excellent way to get to understand the religious influences at play throughout Cordoba's interesting history. Angel was an exceptional guide whose smooth delivery informed and guided us through the interplay between the Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities. Angel offered insights that aren't found in any one guidebook. The tour made our visit to Cordoba very worthwhile. Thank you!
star-5
An amazing learning experience
Fran_C, Aug 2021
Classic Cordoba: Mosque, Synagogue, and Jewish Quarter Guided Tour
Our guide was superb. He was well versed in Córdoba history and his insights were deep and made the tour so much more interesting.
star-5
Not to be missed
Chris_C, Sep 2019
Mosque of Cordoba, Jewish Quarter & Synagogue DayTrip from Seville
The Mosque/Cathedral is extremely impressive. Its history is even more interesting. Our guide Christina was very knowledgeable and fluent in English. The Alcazar gardes were very beautiful. Make sure you take this day trip
star-4
Highlights of Cordoba
Gabrielle_C, Feb 2020
Cordoba: Mosque,Cathedral, Alcazar & Synagogue with Skip the Line Tickets
This was such a lovely tour. We visited the Alcazar, Jewish Quarter, and the Mezquita. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and kept us on track. I would give this activity a 5-star review but we were not given any free-time to explore on our own (and do some shopping) and by the end of the tour, our group of 5 expanded to close to 40 people at which point the intimacy that we felt at the beginning of the tour was completely lost and therefore, we felt less inclined to ask questions.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The synagogue is quite small, but it’s worth a quick visit.

  • Admission is free for European Union citizens.

  • You can easily travel to Córdoba from Madrid via AVE, a high-speed rail service. The trip takes about 2.5 hours.

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How to Get There

The synagogue is located near one of the busiest avenues in the city, Conde Vallellano Avenue, at the back of the Red Cross Hospital in the Jewish Quarter. It can be tricky to find parking in the area, so public transportation is recommended. It’s accessible via bus lines: 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 16, 01, and 02.

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When to Get There

The synagogue is closed Monday, Christmas Day, and January 1 and 6. In order to avoid the crowds and bypass large tour groups, plan to arrive early in the morning or late in the day. Peak tourist months are April, May, and June, so expect to encounter the most visitors then.

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The Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba

Another significant religious site in Córdoba, the Mosque-Cathedral (Mezquita de Córdoba) is considered one of the most exquisite Islamic structures in the Western world. It features a range of architectural styles, including Gothic, Renaissance, and baroque, and it is often a stop on guided tours of the city, along with the synagogue.

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