Where to See Roman Influence in Cordoba
Though the grand remnants of Moorish and Christian rule are most visible in Córdoba, this Andalucian city was once an important Roman stronghold: the capital of the province of Hispania Baetica. See below for places where you’ll find vestiges of Roman influence in this southern Spanish city.
Roman Bridge (Puente Romano)
Originally built in the first century BC, this arched bridge spanning the Guadalquivir River was once part of the Via Augusta, a major Roman thoroughfare on the Iberian Peninsula. The bridge has been rebuilt several times over the centuries, and most recently came to public attention when it was used as the Long Bridge of Volantis in the television seriesGame of Thrones.
Roman Temple (Templo Romano)
A series of towering marble columns is all that remains of this first-century temple, the only surviving Roman temple in all of Córdoba. Visible from the roadside, the ruins are especially picturesque when illuminated at night.
Córdoba Archaeological Museum (Museo Arqueológico de Córdoba)
The city’s archaeological museum chronicles the history of Córdoba, from prehistoric times to the Reconquista and beyond. The Roman era is well-represented, with the remains of the city’s ancient Roman theater on show.
Mosque of Córdoba (Mezquita)
Córdoba’s Mosque is one of the Islamic architectural highlights of the Western world. Though it was built long after the Romans had departed, materials from Roman buildings were used in its construction.