Cordoba Mosque & Artisans Tour
The abiding magnificence of Córdoba reposes in the Great Mosque, that stunning feat of Islamic architecture, engineering, and devotional decoration. First built in 785 it was made a Catholic cathedral after the city was recaptured by Christian armies in 1236, but many of its original features were left intact, their ghostly beauty preserved within the new Gothic structure. Explore this immense temple, with its ethereal vault lofted on hundreds of arched marble pillars, and learn about its historic significance while feeling the power of the place ring in your bones.
After decompressing with a stop for refreshment, you’re introduced to three passionate local artists. First, enter the leather workshop of the only artisans in the world who have upheld the same techniques and traditions used in the 10th century – mixing leather with gold to create sinuous pictures known as guadameci. Next visit a hatmaker, whose signature style and method for custom-made cordobes hare and felt hats has been passed down through a family line of specialists since the 19th century. Our last stop is with a guitar luthier, whose masterful hands have built and shaped over 700 guitars, many of which have then been played by flamenco giants like Paco Lucia and Grammy-winner Alejandro Sanz.
What to Expect
Travel in time throughout the Great Mosque, one of the most stunning architectural feats of Islamic architecture.
Take a refreshing break at a quaint Cordobés cafe.
Meet local artisans in their workshops – a leatherworker, a guitar maker & a hatmaker!
Available: Every day except Sunday, due to the artisans taking Sunday to rest. Please let us know if you’d like to see the Mosque on Sunday even without the artisans. You can also combine this with another type of tour.
Meeting Place: To be planned with you
Meeting Times: Suggested time 10:00 am
Duration: 4 hours
Included: Guided tour, mosque entrance fees, artisan visits, and a refreshment.
- This tour takes you through cobblestone streets, so comfortable shoes are recommended.