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Move over Rome and Paris… Córdoba, Spain is making its mark, combining history and culture with more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other city in the world.

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About Cordoba

  • Pronounced: Cord-uh-ba, 45-min train ride northeast of Seville.
  • Typically tourists visit for the day, only 1M visitors last year.
  • 1,000-year-old city built to rival Constantinople or Baghdad as a legacy to the different cultures that have settled there.
  • Throughout history, it’s been occupied by Christian, Islamic & Jewish religious groups.
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Four UNESCO Honors

  • Historic Centre of Córdoba: One of largest in Europe with Roman, Arabic, & Christian monuments.
  • Mosque-Cathedral: Unique in its architecture and for allowing Christians & Muslims to pray together.
  • Medina Azahara: Described as an “Arabic mini-Versailles.”
  • Patios Festival: Touring resident’s Islamic-style patios each Spring.
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“To be included on the World Heritage List, sites must be of outstanding universal value.”

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) on requiring selections to have a cultural, historical, or scientific significance for humanity. Gov'ts nominate sites, and, if selected, receive funding from its global body to to protect and preserve them over time. Tourism typically benefits once locations are selected, as well.
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There are nearly 1,100 UNESCO World Heritage sites globally. Italy, with 54, has the most of any country and China is a close second with 53. The United States has 23 sites, which mostly consist of our National Parks.

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