Step back in time to Spain's Sephardic heyday in the heart of the old Jewish quarter
The only thing which could transport you more vividly to the lost world of Spain’s Sephardic heyday than visiting Cordoba’s atmospheric Jewish quarter, is sleeping in a house which has stood since that time.
Casas de la Juderia is a collection of interlocking townhouses which have been bought for posterity, sympathetically spruced up and transformed into a four-star hotel. And whether it was once home to merchants revelling in spacious rooms or artisans crammed into tenements, what’s certain is that the original 14th century occupants were Jewish.
The location can’t be beaten; right in the heart of the quarter, whose authenticity is guaranteed by special street marker plaques, it’s also within an easy stroll of the Mezquita, the great mediaeval mosque which is this enchanting city’s biggest sightseeing draw.
Jews and Muslims lived in peace in Cordoba during Andalucia’s golden age, and you can see Stars of David carved inside the mosque by Jewish stonemasons who proudly marked their faith while signing their names. A synagogue, due to reopen soon after renovations, is even closer to the hotel.
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