Getting to know the Archaeological Museum of Cordoba

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Getting to know the Archaeological Museum of Cordoba

The Archaeological Museum of Cordoba is a fascinating place to explore the history and culture of the region.

 

Located in the Plaza de Jerónimo Páez, in the former palace of the Páez de Castillejo family and in the heart of the old quarter of the city, this museum is easily accessible on foot from many of the tourist attractions in Cordoba. It is the oldest preserved example of the Cordovan Renaissance. The palace that houses it has plans for an extension to offer even more to those who are interested in it, in a location that includes the remains of the ancient theatre of Corduba.

 

Bringing the museum concept up to date

It is one of the most important museums in Andalusia and has become a diverse, inclusive and sustainable place. But especially in a place where a guided visit to the archaeological museum reflects the different cultures that have coexisted throughout the centuries in this region in a very understandable way for everyone.

 

It is advisable to do it this way, among other reasons because the opening hours of the museum are something to take into account before planning your visit, as they can vary according to the season and public holidays, as well as the time that each visitor wants to dedicate to admire its treasures.

 

It should be noted that it has 8 rooms, 4 courtyards and 1 gallery full of prehistoric, Hispano-Roman and Hispano-Visigothic pieces, among others, in an institution that preserves them with care, as well as researching and disseminating the material remains of the archaeological heritage of the province of Cordoba.

 

A guided tour can enrich your experience because these visits are usually led by experts in archaeology or history, who will provide you with additional information about the exhibits and answer your questions.

 

One of the most visited museums in Andalusia, the museum is the second most important archaeological museum in Spain. It houses an impressive collection of archaeological artefacts ranging from prehistoric times to the medieval period of Al-Andalus. You can see tools, ceramics, sculptures, coins and other objects that tell the story of Cordoba and its influence on the region.

 

The most essential things to see

Don’t miss the highlights of the museum, such as the room dedicated to the Roman period, where you can see impressive mosaics and marble sculptures. It’s also fascinating to explore the Islamic period section, which showcases the rich cultural heritage of Al-Andalus. A Visigothic-era capital, carved from a block of soft limestone, showing one of the Evangelists with a book on each side, is another of the most observed pieces.

 

The latest jewel to arrive at the Archaeological Museum of Cordoba is the amphora found in the Cordovan town of Hornachuelos, with verses by the poet Virgil. It is a totally special epigraphic document because it is the first time that verses by the Latin poet have been found written on such a piece, a fragment that has managed to survive the passage of time, measuring 1.2 centimetres thick and 8 centimetres long. A small piece with an immense burden of history for what it reveals.

 

Among the most outstanding elements in this museum are Jewish pieces from the Umayyad period of great historical value, and the grandiose mixture of nature and playfulness in many of the pieces of Roman origin.

 

In addition to its permanent exhibition, the museum is constantly organising activities in which to participate, conferences and thematic days in a changing programme that always makes you want to visit again and again. The place is also used to enjoy concerts on unforgettable evenings and even opera broadcasts.

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