Judería information

Córdoba , Spain
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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.