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The Andalusí House of Cordoba

As with the Monastery of San Jerónimo de Valparaíso, the Casa Andalusí is another of Cordoba’s places that is not as well known as the city’s main monuments, but which keeps the reflection of 12th century Muslim Cordoba inside. A unique place in the city to move to another era and integrate with this neighbourhood, one of the most traditional in the city, the Judería. Furthermore, just a few metres away is the only preserved synagogue in Andalusia. The historical centre is marked by the three cultures that inhabited this land.

Through the Cordoba Tours, you will get to know each of these places in a totally different way.Read on to find out more about this cultural offer and everything it has to offer.

 

History

This House-Museum opened its doors in 1997 after a very successful restoration that recovered all the splendour and legacy of past generations through the symbols and meanings found in it. 

This is a 12th century house that may have belonged to a Jewish convert. Here you can be transported to the times of the Caliphate of Cordoba, in a mixture of oriental and Andalusian airs that make every corner, aroma and colour unique.

decoration of one of the walls of the Andalusian house in Cordoba

 

Architecture of the building

As soon as we enter we find a collection of incredible old coins that date back to the Andalusian period.

Its interior offers a very cosy patio full of freshness. It is undoubtedly the most important place in the house and where the life of the time was centred. It stands out for the great vegetation and all the flowers that colour the corridors. This city has an ancestral tradition of decorating the courtyards of the houses, hence one of its most famous May festivities.

We offer you the Guided tour Patios de Córdoba, to get to know this unique celebration in the world.

In the centre of the patio we find a fountain that flows water that breaks the silence of the house. This gives way to a small living room. 

Other corridors lead us to rooms with horseshoe arches with the typical Andalusian tiles of Mozarabic inspiration, symbols of the Muslim culture.

In one of the rooms we find the Paper Museum, a very interesting journey through the manufacture of this material which dates back to 12th century Cordoba

horseshoe arches like those of the Andalusi house in Cordoba

 

Curiosities

Something that attracts a lot of attention to the visitor is the basement that opens up once you leave the Moorish room behind. Above this little door is an inscription with Visigothic reliefs that reads ‘Rabia Al Adawiya’. Later studies have estimated that this is a system for the entry and exit of people and goods.

It is said that under this typical Sephardic house, like many in the area at that time, there are some characteristic elements such as underground galleries that flow under the houses until they pass the city walls a few metres away.

The owners of the house are a historic French communist named Roger Garaudy and his Palestinian wife Salma Farouqui.

Drawing on the floor of the Andalusi house in Córdoba

 

If you are a lover of Arab architecture, you cannot leave without visiting the culmination of this stage in the city’s history. The Mosque-Cathedral is a magical place for everyone. Click on the button for more information:

 

How to get there 

This House-Museum is located at number 12, Judios Street, in the heart of the Jewish quarter of Córdoba, 34 metres from the House of Sepharad, 37 metres from the Synagogue of Córdoba and 87 metres from the Almodóvar Gate.

We recommend that you get there on foot as this will give you the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the area. In addition, at the Almodóvar Gate there is an area with seats where you can rest with the relaxing sound of the water from the fountains.

If you prefer to arrive by car, the best thing to do is to park in the Ciudad Jardín neighbourhood and walk there (15 minutes approximately) or park in one of the centre’s car parks, such as the Parking here next to the Alcázar de los Reyes Católicos. Please note that the area is a pedestrian zone so you cannot cross the wall if you are not a resident.

The Alcazar is another place that should be visited when stepping on Cordoba. In addition, together with the Guided tour to the Alcazar of Cordoba, you will learn about details that escape the eye. 

Finally, bus lines 2, 5, 3, 6, 7, 9, 16 leave you very close to Casa Andalusí.

Almodóvar Gate and the vicinity of the Andalusian house in Córdoba

 

Timetables and Visits

The house is open every day from 10:00 to 20:00 for anyone who wants to visit it. 

Due to this extensive timetable, do not hesitate to make the most of your time by visiting the nearest monuments together with the Guided Tour of Monuments in Cordoba, the best option for getting to know the historical centre of the city.

 

Entrance Prices

The entrance fee is 4 euros for adults. It is possible to book the ticket in advance on the website, something that is advisable not because it is normally overcrowded, but because this way you can plan your trip better.

One of the rooms of the Andalusí house in Córdoba

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