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Castle of the Jews

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Castle of the Jews


Basic Information

Location Cordoba, Spain
Country Spain
City Cordoba

General Information

Open to visitors no
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Geographical Coordinates 37.8768,-4.7834


The streets of Caballerizas Reales, Martín Roa and Hasday in Shaprut delimit, along with the park of Campo Santo de los Mártires, the space occupied by the Old Citadel or Castle of the Jews, as an advance party on the walls, an old Arab fortification which was used by the Jews who settled in Córdoba after the taking of the city by Fernando III in 1236. The Wall tower which overlooks Caballerizas Reales street bears testimony to that advance fortress raised by the Almoravides in the 12th to the 13th centuries, forming part of the San Basilio district or of the Old Citadel, created in the 14th century. From the tower, the arch which leads outside the wall opens out on the right to Martín Roa street where a stretch of the wall is raised which is protected by the Bethlehem tower; below it there lies the statue of the poet Luis Prieto Romana, better known as Luis Navas, one of the most popular characters in 20th century Córdoba.

The archaeological excavations have also allowed the revelation of the foundations of an access gate to the Castle of the Jews at the confluence of Hasday ibn Shaprut street with Campo Santo de los Mártires street. We can deduce from reading some documents about the Cordoban Jews the existence of a synagogue alongside the gate, containing a space which, after the attack on the Jewish quarter in 1391, became a ghetto, eventually accommodating around 500 people within at its height.

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