Judería

Judería information

Lonely Planet review

Jews were among the most dynamic and prominent citizens of Islamic Córdoba. The medieval judería, extending northwest from the Mezquita almost to Avenida del Gran Capitán, is today a maze of narrow streets and whitewashed buildings with flowery window boxes.

The beautiful little 14th-century Sinagoga is one of only three surviving medieval synagogues in Spain and the only one in Andalucía. In the late 1400s it became a hospital for hydrophobics. Translated Hebrew inscriptions eroded in mid-sentence seem like poignant echoes of a silenced society. The Casa Andalusí is a 12th-century house furnished with objects from Córdoba's medieval Islamic culture and a Roman mosaic.

In the heart of the judería, and once connected by an underground tunnel to the Sinagoga, is the 14th-century Casa de Sefarad . Opened in 2008 on the corner of Calles de los Judíos and Averroes, this small, beautiful museum is devoted to reviving interest in the Sephardic-Judaic-Spanish tradition. There is a refreshing focus on music, domestic traditions and on the women intellectuals (poets, singers and thinkers) of Al-Andalus. A specialist library of Sephardic history is housed here, and there's also a well-stocked shop. A program of live music recitals and storytelling events runs most of the year.

Nearby, the Museo Taurino was being renovated at the time of writing.