Córdoba Walks

To truly discover Cordoba one has to stroll down its streets and through its many squares. During their walk the visitor cannot help but marvel at a city which in its heyday rivalled the likes of Constantinople and Baghdad. Between the 10th and 12th centuries Cordoba was not only the biggest city in Europe, but also the centre of European culture and vanguard. It all began during the Roman Empire. At the time Cordoba was already home to an impressive temple- 16 metres wide, 32 metres long and 15 metres tall. The city was also an important point of call along the Via Augusta.

The Colonial Forum, with its many public buildings and headquarters, crossed an area which today is occupied by the Tendillas Square. Now the nerve centre of Cordoba, the square is home to a unique guitar sounding chimes housed in the main tower which sound on each and every hour.

A far cry from Andalusian architecture, the Corredera Square, with the prominent arches of its buildings, has a very Castilian feel to it. This design is courtesy of the Salamanca born architect Antonio Ramos.

A square which once held executions and punishments imposed by the Spanish Inquisition, the Corredera Square has also been used as a bull ring. Our walk takes us to Potro Square which is home to the Fine Arts Museum. The building was used originally a hospital for those who were too poor to afford treatment.

The museum has on display an impressive collection of works by Pedro Romana and Pablo Céspedes, both of whom were born in Cordoba.

The Julio Romero de Torres museum shares the same square. The artist is best known for his paintings of women, the authentic protagonist of many of his works of art. One fine example is “la chiquita piconera”, a truly captivating painting.

The second largest Roman theatre once stood just a few metres away. In its place today stands the city’s archaeological museum. Some remains of the theatre have been preserved and integrated in the construction of the museum, which is one of the most important of its kind in Spain. Here we can study the many trades that thrived in Cordoba. We cannot end our tour of the museum without paying a visit to the most important collection of Andalusi coins in the world. The intricate beauty of the silver coins from the Umayyad period stands out. A picture perfect postcard and an image immortalized by an infinite number of cameras, the Callejón de las Flores or Flowers Alley is breathtaking. The street, which is famous worldwide, is one of the most beautiful and marvellous corners Cordoba has to offer.