Córdoba Sightseeing - This is how a tour in Cordoba will look like!
It’s an old guidebook cliché, but Córdoba really is a fascinating mix of old and new. Where else will you find DJs spinning electro-tango in crowded student bars next to 17th-century Jesuit ruins?
Despite being a whopping 715km away from Buenos Aires, Córdoba is anything but a provincial backwater – in 2006 the city was awarded the hefty title of Cultural Capital of the Americas, and the title fitted like a glove. Four excellent municipal galleries – dedicated to emerging, contemporary, classical and fine art respectively – are within an easy walking distance of each other and the city center.
On the Cordoba tour, we'll start the visit walking around the Cathedral, the construction of Córdoba’s Cathedral began in 1577 and dragged on for more than two centuries under several architects, including Jesuits and Franciscans, and though it lacks any sense of architectural unity it’s a beautiful structure that overlooks the Plaza San Martin, the main square of the city.
Afterwards, we'll walk towards the Jesuit Block, also known as the Manzana de las Luces (Block of Enlightenment), which was initially associated with the influential Jesuit order.In 2000 Unesco declared the Manzana Jesuítica a World Heritage site, along with five Jesuit Estancias throughout the province.
Around the area, we can visit some stores and boutiques and stop to buy souvenirs (leather, nickel silver jewelry) Then, we'll have lunch at a typical steakhouse or a pasta restaurant.
On this day, we will also visit Paseo del Buen Pastor and the Iglesia de Los Capuchinos or Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus. The first one is a cultural center and performance space which was built in 1901 as a combined chapel, monastery and women’s prison. In mid-2007 it was re-inaugurated to showcase work by Córdoba’s young and emerging artists. There are a couple of hip cafe-bars in the central patio area where you can kick back with an Appletini or two if you wish. Regarding the Iglesia de Los Capuchinos, it's worth stopping by to check out this marvelous neo-Gothic church built between 1928 and 1934, whose glaring oddity is its missing steeple (omitted on purpose to symbolize human imperfection)
Finally, we can end the day at one of the local bars overlooking the city while drinking a craft beer.