5 Religious Tourist Places in Spain, Muslim Travelers Must Go There!

5 Religious Tourist Places in Spain

Spain may not be the first country that comes to mind when it comes to Islam. With Muslims making up only about 4 percent of the total population, Islam is a minority religion in this country.

But did you know that hundreds of years ago, there was an Islamic empire that stood in Spain?

Islam itself first entered Spain in the 8th century after the Moors conquered the Iberian Peninsula. The Kingdom of Granada then ruled the region until it was finally expelled in 1492 and replaced by the Kingdom of Castile.

Changes in power, gradually made Islam eroded from Earth Andalusia. The good news is, even though Islam is no longer victorious in Spain, you can still see the remains of the Kingdom of Granada that has survived to this day.

As reported by The Culture Trip, here are 5 religious tourist attractions in Spain that must be visited!

  1. The Great Mosque of Cordoba

Before being ruled by Isabela and Ferdinand I of Castile, the majority of the population of the Kingdom of Granada was Muslim. So, do not be surprised if there are many magnificent mosques built in this area. One of them is the Great Mosque of Cordoba.

The Great Mosque of Cordoba was built in 784 AD by the first Sultan of Cordoba named Abd al-Rahman I. When Isabela and Ferdinand I came to power, the grand mosque was later converted into a church. Entering the Great Mosque of Cordoba, you may immediately be reminded of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

The architecture of the Great Mosque of Cordoba is indeed inspired by the architecture of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Unfortunately, even though the mosque building is still intact, you can no longer pray here. But you can still visit and remember the glory days of Islam at the Great Mosque of Cordoba.

Address: Calle Cardenal Herrero, 1, 14003 Córdoba, Spain.

Ticket price: €18 per person.

  1. Madinat al-Zahra

In Indonesian, Madinat al-Zahra means the shining city. Located 8 kilometers from Cordoba, the city was built during the reign of Abd al-Rahman III from 936 to 940 AD. In the past, Madinat al-Zahra was the seat of government of the Kingdom of Cordoba.

As the center of government, the city is filled with government buildings that stand side by side with people’s homes and mosques. Unfortunately, a civil war in 1010 AD destroyed the city. Hundreds of years on, this ancient city was re-excavated in the 1900s.

Now Madinat al-Zahra is no longer functioning as a city, but as a historical tourist spot that is always crowded with tourists who want to feel the atmosphere of an Islamic city in the heyday of the Cordoba Kingdom.

Address: Carretera de Palma del Rio, km. 5, 5, 140 71 Cordoue.

Ticket price: €26 per person.

  1. Alhambra Palace

Initially, this palace was only the ruins of the Romans in 889 AD. These ruins were later built into a large military fort in 1333 by Sultan Yusuf I.

Situated on top of a hill, the palace has a distinctly Islamic interior with many beautiful carvings, calligraphy, and mosaics. From the windows of the Alhambra Palace, you can see the whole city of Granada and the snowy Sierra Nevada Mountains.

The view from this palace will become even more stunning at dusk. Imagine views of the snowy mountains and Granada City against the backdrop of sunset and orange skies. Isn’t it beautiful?

Address: C/ SAN ANTON, 72, Ed. Real Centre, 1º Izquierda – LOCAL 39. 18005 Granada Spain.

Ticket price: €14.

  1. Alcázar of Seville

No less beautiful than the Alhambra Palace, the Alcazar is a palace located in the city of Seville, Spain. This palace was originally a fort named al-Qasr al-Muriq which was built by the Moors in 713 AD.

By Isabela and Ferdinand I, the fort was restored as a palace and its name was changed to the Alcázar of Seville. Hundreds of years have passed, and the upper part of the Alcázar Palace of Seville still functions as the resting home of the Spanish Royal family, while the rest is open to tourists.

Visiting here, you will be drawn back to the past. The Alcázar of Seville has typical Moorish architecture with intricate carvings and carvings that characterize it. The outside of the palace is surrounded by gardens and orchards.

When the harvest season arrives, the view of this palace will be more beautiful with a variety of colorful fruits that adorn the courtyard.

Address: Patio de Banderas, s/n. 41004 – Seville.

Ticket price: €14 per person.

  1. Mezquita del Cristo de la Luz

Located in the City of Toledo, in the era of the Kingdom of Cordoba, the Mezquita del Cristo de la Luz is a mosque. This mosque was built in 999 AD for worship purposes.

Unlike other mosques in Cordoba, the architecture of the Mezquita del Cristo de la Luz is very unique because its design is a blend of three different cultures, namely Islamic, Jewish, and Christian cultures. On the other hand, this mosque has intricate carvings typical of the Moors.

Address: Calle Cristo de la Luz, 22, 45003 Toledo, Spain

Ticket price: € 2.80 per person

Spain today is not Spain in the Cordoba era. Many mosques were eventually turned into churches. Even so, you can still visit many relics of the glory of the Kingdom of Cordoba in the country.