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Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs (Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos) Tours

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Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs (Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos)
Guarding the southwestern corner of Cordoba’s Historic Center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs (Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos) is among the city’s most memorable monuments. The Moorish-style fortress has a history dating back to Roman and Visigoth times, before it was transformed into a Christian palace by Alfonso XI in the 13th century.

The Basics
Visitors can explore the grand ruins of the alcazar, climb the towers for a view over the city, peek into the ancient Moorish bathhouse, and admire a series of Roman mosaics dating back to the second century. Opt for a guided tour to learn more about the alcazar’s fascinating history, which includes stints as a medieval fortress, royal palace, and prison. Don’t miss a stroll around the magnificent gardens, which include Mudejar-inspired courtyards, large ponds, and orange and lemon groves. 

Many tours of Cordoba include a visit to the alcazar, often alongside the Mezquita Mosque-Cathedral and the old Jewish Quarter. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Cordoba makes a popular day-trip destination from Seville or Granada, and many tours include tickets for the Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs.
  • There is an entrance fee; children under 14 get in free. 
  • Some areas of the alcazar are wheelchair-accessible.

How to Get There
The Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs is located on the southwest side of the city, on the north bank of the Guadalquivir River. About a 5-minute walk from the Mezquita Mosque-Cathedral, the alcazar is easy to reach on foot within the Historic Center. Buses 3 and 12 also stop nearby, along Ronda de Isasa.

When to Get There
The Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs is open from Tuesday to Sunday all year round; opening times vary throughout the year. In the summer months, musical fountain shows are held in the gardens on select nights, starting around 10pm—check with the tourist information office for details. 

History of the Alcazar
The alcazar was built on the site of a Visigoth fortress to house the caliphs of Cordoba, before being taken over by the Christians. Once in their hands, the palace was famously home to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel for eight years during the Spanish Inquisition. During that time, it was visited by Christopher Columbus, who came to explain plans for his westward journey to the Catholic monarchs.
Address: Campo Santo de los Martires, San Basilio, Cordoba, Spain
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Cordoba: Alcázar Reyes Cristianos Guided Tour with Tickets & Priority Access

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Cordoba: Alcázar Reyes Cristianos Guided Tour with Tickets & Priority Access

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Experience one of Cordoba’s most important landmarks, the Castle of Christian Monarchs, on this affordable outing, which includes admission to the site and a guided tour. Stroll lush gardens, climb watchtowers for enjoy impressive views, visit the Patio Morisco baths, and learn about the site’s fascinating history: Christopher Columbus visited before his trip to America, for instance, and the castle served as tribunal during the Spanish Inquisition.
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Cordoba: Mosque,Cathedral, Alcazar & Synagogue with Skip the Line Tickets

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See the most important monuments of Córdoba with a guide who shares commentary about the city. Visit landmarks such as the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, the historic Synagogue, and the Mosque-Cathedral (Mezquita), and hear about the influences of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish cultures on the the architecture and history of Cordoba. Your tour includes entrance tickets to the monuments, and headphones to hear your guide.
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Delve into the cultural melting pot of Cordoba on a 3.5-hour walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city with an expert guide. Discover the beguiling blend of Spanish, Roman and Arabic history as you visit alluring landmarks like the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos and the magnificent Cordoba Mezquita. Succumb to serenity and upgrade your tour to include 2.5 hours inside the Baños Árabes de Cordoba, Arabian baths whose thermal plunge pools and aromatic steam rooms are sure to result in total relaxation.
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This tour is perfect to get to know the famous history and neighbourhood of the medieval jewish in Cordoba. And then, finishin with the famous Alcazar of the Catholic Monarchs.
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Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos

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Don't miss the oportunity to discover one of the most famous monuments of the city in a guided tour in order to understand all the history hidden here.
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Discover Andalusia and the Jewish Quarter of Cordoba, Spain, on this guided city tour. Visit important monuments and local points of interest like Cardinal Salazar Square, the Mosque of Cordoba, the Chapel of San Bartolome, Cordoba Synagogue, and more.
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Explore the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos in Cordoba with a guide on this tour that provides skip-the-line access (the entry price is at your own expense). You'll wander through the rooms of the palace and fortress and its gardens to admire the detailed architecture and hear about its history.
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Start your visit in the gardens of the Alcazar and admire the ponds, flowers and plants, while you learn about their physiognomy and history. Visit places like the Paseo de los Reyes to take a picture of the most famous monument. Gradually, head inside, visiting the baths of Doña Leonor de Guzmán, created in the Arab style in the 14th century. At the end of the visit, enter the mosaic room and admire the beauty of these original mosaics made in Roman times. Marvel at a Roman sarcophagus in perfect condition. * Tour available in Spanish at 11.30 a.m. at Puerta del Alcázar, from Tuesday to Saturday * Learn about the history of Córdoba with a specialized guide * Entrance included * Without waiting in line
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