Spain Córdoba & Seville
TOUR STARTS IN MADRID
Escape from Madrid in Spain and spend a few days touring the surrounding cities of Cordoba and Seville. With air-conditioned transport, luxury hotels plus pre-arranged sightseeing tours. This 3-day tour is perfect for those who like to travel in style with minimum effort.
At a Glance
Sat Leave Madrid and travel to Cordoba via Caceres
Sun Cordoba Morning tour. Continue to Seville
Wed Board the AVE train back to Madrid. End of tour
The Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba is also known as the Great Mosque of Córdoba or the Mezquita. The ecclesiastical name is the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption. It is the Catholic cathedral of the Diocese of Córdoba dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Itlocated in the Spanish region of Andalusia. The structure is regarded as one of the most accomplished monuments of Moorish architecture.
The site was originally a small temple of Christian Visigoth origin, the Catholic Basilica of Saint Vincent of Lérins. When Muslims conquered the Iberian peninsula in 711, the church was first divided into Muslim and Christian halves.
This sharing arrangement of the site lasted until 784, when the Christian half was purchased by the Emir ‘Abd al-Rahman I. He then proceeded to demolish the original structure and build the grand mosque of Córdoba on its ground.
Córdoba returned to Christian rule in 1236 during the Reconquista, and the building was converted to a Roman Catholic church. Culminating in the insertion of a Renaissance cathedral nave in the 16th century.
Since the early 2000s, Spanish Muslims have lobbied the Roman Catholic Church to allow them to pray in the cathedral. Both the church authorities in Spain and the Vatican have rejected this Muslim campaign on multiple occasions.
Seville is the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region. It’s famous for flamenco dancing, particularly in its Triana neighborhood. Major landmakrs include the ornate Alcázar castle complex, built during the Moorish Almohad dynasty, and the 18th-century Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza bullring. The Gothic Seville Cathedral is the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb and a minaret turned bell tower, the Giraldo.