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Sinagoga de Cordoba

Aerial view of the Sinagoga de Cordoba. Photo © Google. View all images in our Sinagoga de Cordoba Photo Gallery.
Brick facade over the main entrance. Sinagoga de Cordoba, 1350. Jewish Quarter, Cordoba, Andalusia, Spain.
Wall of the prayer hall, with Mudejar stucco decoration and Hebrew inscriptions. Sinagoga de Cordoba, 1350. Jewish Quarter, Cordoba, Andalusia, Spain.
Detail of Mudejar stucco decoration and Hebrew inscriptions. Sinagoga de Cordoba, 1350. Jewish Quarter, Cordoba, Andalusia, Spain.
Detail of Mudejar stucco decoration and Hebrew inscriptions. Sinagoga de Cordoba, 1350. Jewish Quarter, Cordoba, Andalusia, Spain.
Wall of the prayer hall, with Mudejar stucco decoration and Hebrew inscriptions. Sinagoga de Cordoba, 1350. Jewish Quarter, Cordoba, Andalusia, Spain.
Wooden ceiling of the prayer hall. Sinagoga de Cordoba, 1350. Jewish Quarter, Cordoba, Andalusia, Spain.

The Synagogue of Cordoba is located in the heart of Cordoba's picturesque Juderia (Jewish quarter), just two blocks west of the Mezquita. The Sinagoga no longer functions as a place of worship, but it is an important historical monument and a treasured symbol for Spain's modern Jewish communities.

History

Cordoba's synagogue was built in 1350. It is the only synagogue in Andalusia to survive the expulsion and inquisition of the Jews in 1492 and one of only three ancient synagogues left in all of Spain (the other two are in Toledo).

After the Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492, the synagogue of Cordba was turned into a hospital. It became a Catholic chapel in 1588. Today it is a museum.

What to See

The outside of the synagogue is quite plain, but the interior features exquisite Mudéjar stucco tracery of plant motifs. A Hebrew inscription indicates the date of the synagogue's construction. The women's gallery, not open for visits, still stands, and in the east wall is the ark where the sacred scrolls of the Pentateuch were kept.

Quick Facts on the Sinagoga de Cordoba

Site Information
Names:Sinagoga de Cordoba; Synagogue of Cordoba
City:Cordoba
State:Andalusia
Country:Spain
Categories:Synagogues
Faiths:Judaism
Styles:Mudejar
Dates:1350
Status:museum
Visitor and Contact Information
Location:Cordoba, Spain
Coordinates:37.879818° N, 4.783435° W  (view on Google Maps)
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Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

Map of the Sinagoga de Cordoba

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References

  1. Personal visit (April 4, 2007).
  2. Sinagoga - Frommer's Seville, Granada and the Best of Andalusia

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Title:Sinagoga de Cordoba
Author:Holly Hayes
Last updated:10/26/2009
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