Córdoba's old Jewish quarter (Juderia in Spanish) consists of a fascinating network of narrow lanes, more atmospheric and less commercialized than in Seville.
The Jews were established in Cordoba in Roman and Visigothic times. Under Arab rule after the 8th century, Jewish life and intellectualism flourished.
Hasfai Ibn Shaprut, a Jewish doctor, diplomat and scholar served under the Moorish rulers and attracted intellectuals to the court. His family's subsequent wealth and power were major factors in the wealthy and vibrant Jewish community of Cordoba at that time.
Maimonides, the most famous Jewish philosopher and author of the Mishneh Torah, was born in Cordoba in 1125. A statue to his honor stands in Tiberiadus Square in the Juderia.
The entrance gate, La Puerta de Almodavar, has a statue of Seneca and forms part of the western boundary of the Juderia. The Juderia reaches as far as Calle El Rey Heredia to the northeast and the Mosque to the south.
The main attraction of the Juderia is Cordoba's ancient synagogue, on Calle de los Judios (Street of the Jews). See our Cordoba Synagogue article for more information.
Today the Juderia is also known for its jewelry and silversmith shops.
Quick Facts on Jewish Quarter
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- Personal visit (April 2007)
- Photos of Jewish Quarter - here on Sacred Destinations