Calahorra Tower

Been a prison, a school and now a museum, Calahorra Tower was originally built by the Muslims to defend the city. It is based on the southern end of the Roman bridge and gives good views of the Cordoba Mosque

Córdoba, Spain

Coordinates: 37.875658, -4.776617

The Calahorra tower (Spanish: Torre de la Calahorra) is a fortified gate in the historic centre of Córdoba, Spain.

The edifice is of Islamic origin.

It was first erected by the Almohad Caliphate. It dates to the time when the Muslims were ruling this district. The Tower was meant to guard the bridge from enemy attack. This spot was a gate to the city in older times.

The tower, standing on the left bank of the river, originally consisted of an arched gate between two. A third tower was added to the existing ones, in the shape of two cylinder connecting them.

In the 18th century it was used as a prison and in the 19th century it was a girls school. The tower was declared a national monument in 1931.

The inside of the tower is very interesting. Nicely presented with audio story telling in each room to help the visitor understand the history.

You will enjoy going up inside this tower and inspect its peculiar construction from inside. Then have a look at the Roman Bridge crossing the river which is also an amazing view.

Great views of Cordoba mosque across the river and bridge from the top of the tower.

The tower, located at the southeast end of the Roman Bridge, houses a museum dedicated to the golden age of Cordoba when the three cultures of Al Andaluz–Islamic, Christian, and Jewish–peacefully coexisted and produced an intellectual and artistic environment unequaled elsewhere in medieval Europe.

It’s a must see museum to understand the history of Córdoba, the European largest city from the 10th to the 13th century. The harmony between religions and cultures, the scientific wisdom are groundbreaking even for today.

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Visitors are also able to go on the roof for a spectacular view of the mosque and the city.

OPENING TIMES Summer (May to September) 10.00 to 14.00 and 16.30 to 20.30 & Winter (October to March) 10.00 to 18.00