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Posted on Aug 7, 2013 in Andalucía, Córdoba, Where in Spain Wednesday | 8 comments

WISW – Córdoba’s Roman Temple

One of the first big surprises I got when I initially came to Spain to study abroad was in Córdoba. We were walking around, having a tour of the pretty little city, when bam! This appeared around the corner: 


It’s the ruins of a Roman temple.

I guess I shouldn’t have been too shocked; after all, Spain and Italy are so close to each other, so it makes sense that the Romans left their mark all over southern Spain. But what was really odd was the guide’s attitude. “Oh yeah, those are just some old ruins from the Romans they found on accident in the ’50s,” he explained nonchalantly. “They found more when they built the town hall, so they left part of the Roman wall in the ayuntamiento building.”

It was so weird to me that something as exciting as Roman ruins were just shrugged off. The oldest buildings in my city in California probably only go back a little over a hundred years. In the unlikely event that something dating back to 1st or 2nd century is dug up in my hometown, I’m pretty sure there won’t be much unimpressed shrugging going on!

And to finish, something I haven’t done in a while:

Currently reading: I’m a Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson

Currently listening to: “Right Action” by Franz Ferdinand.





  1. Jessica, I’m back in the States after my six week travels through Spain while staying with the Spanish family whose son we hosted in America a few years ago. We spent a day in Cordoba, mostly near the Mezquita. While driving through town we passed by these ruins. Like you, I was surprised by it. Unfortunately we didn’t stop for photos or anything. My hosts were sort of like your tour guide too. Fortunately, we toured Segovia on another trip so I got to see Roman ruins up close and personal then. I loved Spain and have many stories and adventures to write about on my blog,

    • Wow, what a cool way to travel around! Segovia is another absolutely stunning Spanish city with plenty of Roman ruins to look at. I’m enjoying reading more about your trip on your blog.

  2. I instantly noticed that. Wish I knew it then having gone both countries.

  3. Really loved Cordoba, but I managed to miss this. 🙂

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