Córdoba Synagogue

Córdoba, Spain

Córdoba Synagogue is a historic edifice in the Jewish Quarter of Córdoba, built in 1315. The synagogue's small size points to it having possibly been the private synagogue of a wealthy man. It was decorated according to the best Mudejar tradition.

After the expulsion of the Jews in 1492, the synagogue was seized by the authorities and converted into a hospital for people suffering from rabies (hydrophobia), the Hospital Santo Quiteria. In 1588, the building was acquired by the shoemakers guild, who used it as a community center and small chapel, changing the patron saint of the building to Santos Crispin-Crispian, the patron saint of shoemakers. Since 19th century it has undergone several phases of the restoration.

It is the only synagogue in Córdoba to escape destruction during years of persecution. Although it no longer functions as a Jewish house of worship, it is open to the public.



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Founded: 1315
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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yaron detmar (41 days ago)
An important place to visit to see & undetstand the history of codoba iewish life anf traditions and some impotant man and women in past medicine world
R Dell (3 months ago)
Very small but beautiful. This Synagogue was, of course, a Jewish place for prayer, jews were free to practice their religion and had a place of worship so long as it was not ostentatious, and did not overshadow catholic places of worship...but later the Queen and King exiled all Jews and was converted into a catholic chapel, later, it was recognized as a true synagogue and it's now a Museum.
Anne Spencer (4 months ago)
Very moving. Only one small room which has seem many transformations. Well worth a visit. It doesn't take long.
Qianjiao Ma (5 months ago)
I was there by myself as Asian female.. I tried to get inside, these guys at the front gate stopped me. And said it’s 0.30 euro and I paid to get in for that 5 mins one room visit. It’s impressive. But the following group never been asked for entrance ticket. I am the only one. You don’t need to pay for the entrance fee. I think it supposed to be free.
eren ozdemir (5 months ago)
Small but intriguing. There are a few words in Hebrew left over if you look good enough.
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