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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Topher Taylor (14 months ago)
Small but beautiful. Wheelchair accessible on the ground floor, but the top floor is just a small room, so you can see most of it.
Gitty Rosenberg (2 years ago)
Incredibly fascinating. Sadly this is only one of three surviving synagogues from the pre-inquisition era.
Andrew Feinberg (2 years ago)
A tiny but beautiful synagogue. Definitely worth a visit on your walk through the old city.
Віктор Гнатів (2 years ago)
I have excursion tour a few weeks ago from my Erasmus University - Loyola All I can say: it was amazing and tour guide was perfect. I have learned a lot of about history which I know, but not so good. You should visit it, of course.
Itzik levy (Izikl) (2 years ago)
From the Alcazar we went towards the Jewish street Throughout it you see Jewish motifs, street names, the Rambam statue and more. Entrance to the synagogue is free. You can only see a small part of the synagogue and it's a shame that it hasn't been renovated because we could see the whole thing. The architecture is reminiscent of the Alcazar and Alhambra buildings, in which the walls are also filled with writing carved into the wall. Some of the items can be seen in the Jewish House of Spain
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