Jewish Synagogue and Patios, Cordoba

Jewish Synagogue

Don’t miss out on Jewish Quarters when you visit Cordoba, Spain. It is a criss cross of narrow streets lined with beautiful patios. Jews fled Jerusalem after their Temple of Solomon was destroyed in 70AD. A large group of them settled in Cordoba taking up jobs of doctors, artisans and businessmen. Just one synagogue from that era remains here in Andulasia region and is conserved well.

This synagogue has played different roles after the Jews were driven out in 1492 by the Catholic Kings. It was a hospital for rabies victims for some time and then from 1588 used as shoemaker’s guild. In the 19th century when its origins were recognized, it was declared as national monument. The monument seemed like a very simple structure. You can enter it directly from the street, there is the hallway and from there into the prayer room. A staircase leads to room which must have been once a women’s gallery.

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Patios

We took some time to locate the monument, getting lost a couple of times. There is a reason for that. The Patios here are a common feature of almost all the houses here. Each had such lush decorative look; one can spend limitless time just gazing at them. Roses, jasmines, geraniums seemed to spill out from the colorful pots. The numerous lanes added to confusion. Just be careful, and don’t overshoot the directions given. Plenty of cafes to have wine and tapas and simply watch the elaborate iron work gates, fountains and freshly white washed walls. The home owners take pride in their mini gardens and some of them have thrown it open to public. These pics are from these houses.

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33 Responses

  1. Jo says:

    How pretty are those gardens hanging on the wall, And the intricate designs inside are breathtaking. Have a great day, Indrani. Greetings Jo

  2. Wow the architecture is incredible. All the wall carvings remind me of the Indian palaces I've seen.

  3. Sylvia K says:

    Ah, so beautiful!! I do love those colorful flowers against those old walls!! Wonderful captures as always, Indrani!! Thank you for sharing!! Hope your week is off to a great start!! Enjoy!

  4. Hi Indrani,
    These patios are very charming and I love the colorful flowers on the walls.
    Lovely snaps!
    Have a Happy Week!
    Peace 🙂

  5. What a beautiful wall it is with bright blue pots brimming with rainbow colours ! Loved it Indrani , thanks for sharing this one .. seriously 🙂 🙂

  6. Beautiful houses. Refreshing.

  7. The patios make quite a sight!

  8. ladyfi says:

    Wonderful shots of the gorgeous architecture!

  9. Such a wonderful wall it is 🙂

  10. Quite an elaborate work, must be surreal feeling to visit such historic monuments. I really like the cobalt colored flower pots 🙂

  11. Mascha says:

    What a great synagogue and such nice blue pots allover…
    Greetings from Germany

  12. Sri Kri says:

    Lovely architecture.Love the refreshing patios.

  13. what a beautiful tour Indrani ji !! These patios are very charming and I love the colorful flowers on the walls.specially their design and hanging system in buckets. love it and try to execute the same thing if possible. Lovely snaps!

  14. Those intricate works look beautiful. Nice captures.

  15. Fun60 says:

    Love the old brickwork with the flowers adorning it.

  16. eileeninmd says:

    Hello Indrani, what a lovely place to visit. I love seeing all the hanging plants on the walls. The blue pots really stand out and look pretty. Wonderful collection of photos, thanks for sharing. Have a happy week!

  17. Love the pots on the walls!!!

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  19. Mridula says:

    I too will like to get lost in such scenic alleys!

  20. D. Prabhu says:

    Beautiful 🙂 Loved those plants 🙂

  21. Nice post. Loved the hanging garden.
    Did you visit Al Humbra

  22. Al says:

    What a wonderful building, definitely worth the effort to find.

  23. Splendid photography..!Perhaps ours is the only country where Jews lived peacefully on the earth. Of course I may be wrong..!

  24. Amazing Architecture.. A nice Post!

  25. The details on the synagogue are so intricate. Beautiful. The hanging planters are very pretty and I love the photo with the shadows.

  26. The first pic is so haunting Indrani and the rest are bubbling with life.

  27. Beautiful architecture that is so very well presented by you! 🙂

  28. Thomas Lee says:

    interesting,i have never been to one before.

  29. Beautiful blue pots !

  30. nice picture and the last three are indeed very beautiful and colorful 🙂

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