Must-See Historic Places in Córdoba

Córdoba is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain. It has a long history from Roman and Visigoth settlement to an imperial city under the Muslim Caliphate of Córdoba. As it was christianized in 1326, Córdoba is still home to many notable pieces of Moorish architecture such as The Mezquita, which is named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Caerleon Roman Amphitheatre

Built around AD 90 to entertain the legionaries stationed at the fort of Caerleon (Isca), the impressive amphitheatre was the Roman equivalent of today’s multiplex cinema. Wooden benches provided seating for up to 6,000 spectators, who would gather to watch bloodthirsty displays featuring gladiatorial combat and exotic wild animals.

Long after the Romans left, the amphitheatre took on a new life in Arthurian legend. Geoffrey of Monmouth, the somewhat imaginative 12th-century scholar, wrote in his History of the Kings of Britain that Arthur was crowned in Caerleon and that the ruined amphitheatre was actually the remains of King Arthur’s Round Table.

Today it is the most complete Roman amphitheatre in Britain.