Cathedral of Mezquita, Cordoba; History, Tour and Tickets

History of Cathedral in Mezquita 

The history of Mezquita (Mosque) started in 774 BC but the history of Cathedral in Mezquita started in 13th century. Cordoba was captured from Moors in 1236, Mezquita was then dedicated to Christians but they did not do any architectural alterations to it. History states that Christians simply dedicated Mezquita to Virgin Mary and worshiped inside it.

In 1520s both the Bishop of the Cathedral (Bishop Manrique) and Carlos V (Charles V, King of Spain) took the decision to construct a cathedral inside the Great Mosque. The construction of the Cathedral of Cordoba was started under the direction of the Spanish architect Hernán Ruiz I and after his death by his son and grandson. Various small chapels have been added to Mezquita and once inside you really don’t know whether you are inside a church or mosque or both.


The Tour of Cathedral in Mezquita

The entire tour took around 2 hours. If you wish to linger on you always can do that too. The transition from Muslim part of Mezquita to Christian part is beautifully done. I suddenly crossed into so many contrasts. The most striking factor is the color. From a dark forest of red and white striped columns I stepped into bright white environ. Entire camera settings had to be changed. The ceiling seemed to reach the sky. The concept of prayers offered by Christians and Muslims is so evident here. While the Christians feel ‘close’ to God with these heights. Muslims feel ‘small’ in front of God!


The construction of Cathedral is vertical, while the Mosque is horizontal and covers a huge area. Usually Churches and Mosques both face eastwards (facing towards Jerusalem or Mecca), the Mosque here faces southwards. That is 90degrees to that of the Church inside. There is absolutely no match in the architectural styles and that is what makes it so unique. But at the end of the tour it was hard for me to say which place of worship looked more beautiful.

There is a display of ornate golden baroque religious iconography with Christ on the cross, plenty of relics and statues which emphasis on death and the hope of an afterlife. This is again in contrast with the interiors of mosque which does not allow for the artistic representation of the prophets, human or animal forms. It is more calligraphy I felt, which conveys messages from Koran.


Today when I see the inter religion bickering I feel this monument should be highlighted to the world. It is a supreme example of how the house of one religion shelters the faith of another religion. I tell my daughters how this building has the potential to attain religious peace in this world. May be there will come a day when people from different faiths are offering prayers together at the same time!


Where to Buy Tickets

Unlike Alhambra, where there is limited number of tickets, Mezquita, Cordoba has no dearth of tickets. We were there on a day trip from Seville and reached around 11AM. There were hardly 10 to 15 people ahead of us. I have not read a single instance where a tourist would have returned without being able to visit the interiors of Mezquita.

The ticket counter Timings 

March – October
From 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday
From 8:30 a.m. to 11.30 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. Sundays and feast days
November – February
From 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday
From 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. Sundays and feast days


Adults: 8euros
10 to 14-year-children: 4euros
Below 10 years old: free
From Monday to Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., it could be possible to visit the Cathedral free, but individually and in silence. In this period of time group visit isnnt permitted.

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40 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    What an awesome place and your captures are superb as always! Hope you have a great new week!!

  2. Indrani,
    Very nice shots of the ceiling and the organ!
    Have a Great Week!
    Peace 🙂

  3. Magnificent architecture. You have captured it well.

  4. Gattina says:

    What a cathedral, so many rich ornaments !

  5. Thanks for post, Amazing photos

  6. AH! This looks very worth seeing in person! Your photos make it appear very appealing!

  7. bettyl-NZ says:

    Wow! What awesome artwork. This is an amazing place and I could spend hours taking pictures there!

  8. Jeevan says:

    Absolutely fabulous! Not only its marvelous architecture and designing… but the two different religious perspectives on single monument makes quite impressive.

    Awesome take on interior!

  9. The magnificent cathedral!! I amazed with its magnificence!

  10. ladyfi says:

    Stunning shots.

  11. Mama Zen says:

    What a gorgeous, awe-inspiring place!

  12. Gail Dixon says:

    Looks like an amazing place to tour. Thank you for sharing!

  13. wow.. amazing… thanks for the virtual tour In 🙂

  14. Uppal says:

    Enjoyed a beautiful journey of images! Architectural marvel indeed!

  15. as usual a great post !

  16. One gets to see some exquisite architecture in the cathedrals. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pics Indrani.

  17. magiceye says:

    Awe inspiring structure!! You have captured it beautifully too!! Hope to see it someday!!

  18. Ira says:

    I am travelling with your posts… Beautifully captured!

  19. Great capture of magnificent architecture. Awesome fusion of mosque and church. Thanks, Indrani, for a great post. 🙂

  20. What a breathtaking place… so nice to know about it! 🙂

  21. eileeninmd says:

    Hello Indrani, lovely captures of the cathedral. The details are amazing. Thanks for sharing your visit. Have a happy day!

  22. Mridula says:

    Such a striking place with both mosque and the church!

  23. beautiful edifice – thanks for sharing!

  24. Great place! Thank you for this amazing clicks, Indrani.

  25. Al says:

    What a stunning building. I also get frustrated at religious intolerance, this building should be an example to all.

  26. I was in Córdoba a few years ago and visited this magnificent place. It's such a lovely town. Your photos are lovely.

  27. Your narrative on Spain is making my feet itchy to explore the country.

  28. Sri Kri says:

    Awesome Post with lovely captures.We also feel that this monument should be highlighted to the world.The day is sure to come where people from different faiths are offering prayers together at the same time.


    Sriram & Krithiga

  29. Awesome shots and what a fantastic craftsmanship.

  30. I loved the infusion of colours and the varied perspective. Amazing work. Thanks for the tour

  31. The design just left me awestruck…the place has some interesting history

  32. amazing pictures and descriptions….

  33. Well narrated with beautiful pictures of the Cathedral.. Thanks for sharing!

  34. The Cathedral is so beautiful Indrani. 🙂

  35. Great Architecture..

  36. Magnificent Architecture!!And above all the fact that the people from two differrent faiths,coming togethere and offerring prayers is great example.

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