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Calahorra Tower

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Calahorra Tower

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Mairwen1 wrote a review Dec. 2020
Sydney, Australia3,215 contributions1,638 helpful votes
This medieval defensive tower is a looming presence at the south end of the ancient Roman bridge. You can’t miss it. It is a solid, heavy structure built in the 1100s by the Moors to prevent potential attackers crossing the Guadalquivir river and entering the city. There are few features other than the archers’ slits and crenellated roofline but its very solidity is impressive. Straight away it looks impenetrable. It started as a fortified gate, with an arched gateway between two towers, then in 1369, King Enrique (Henry) II ramped up the defences. He added another tower in the middle to safeguard against attack from his half-brother, Pedro the Cruel. When you have a brother called ‘Pedro the Cruel’, it’s probably understandable if you are inclined to be a bit paranoid about security although, in the end, Enrique stabbed Pedro to death in his tent one night instead. In the 1700s the tower became a prison, then a quarantine centre. In the 1800s, it was turned into a girls’ school in the 1800s, which is somewhat harder to imagine. There’s a museum inside (€4.50) with exhibits and dioramas showing life in 10th century Cordoba when Christians, Muslims and Jews lived peaceably and productively together inside. You can also visit the rooftop. We didn't because it was quite late when we were there. Had it been earlier, I would have gone to the rooftop because I imagine that the view is spectacular. Apart from the tower, you can see the ancient Roman bridge and the Puerta Puente (city gateway) at the same time. The bridge and tower are particularly pretty at night when they are lit up. A perfect spot for an evening stroll. They are all only a few minutes walk from the Mezquita.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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John D wrote a review Oct. 2020
Little Rock, Arkansas3,219 contributions674 helpful votes
Calahorra Tower is located at the south end of the Roman Bridge in Cordoba. It is an impressive structure built by the Moors to protect the city of Cordoba. My wife and I did not tour it because we were heading to the parking lot at the soccer stadium for the gigantic flea market.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Martyn Cymro wrote a review Jul. 2020
Coimbra, Portugal3,108 contributions454 helpful votes
The tower was built by the Moors as art of the Cordoba city defences. It is located at the far end of the Roman Bridge, and dominates your vision as you walk across. Sadly the tower was closed to the public on 14th March until further notice and was still closed on 17th July.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Dimitris L wrote a review May 2020
Sydney, Australia19,351 contributions59,952 helpful votes
The Colahorra Tower is at one end of the Roman Bridge. It is quite an impressive structure. It dates to the time when the Moors were ruling this district. The Tower was meant to guard the bridge from enemy attack. This spot was a gate to the city in older times.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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staledale wrote a review Feb. 2020
1,018 contributions110 helpful votes
Walk south across the Roman Bridge and the Guadalquivir river, and you'll run directly into the Calahorra Tower. The oldest defense building in Cordoba and built by the Moors, this is a very impressive structure.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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