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Anyone bought tickets for Mezquita Cathedral Cordoba on spot??

I tried booking the tickets for November 24th but the only thing that shows is the “Soul of Cordoba” night visit.
There’s a note at bottom saying “At the moment general visit tickets can only be purchased at the ticket office at site”
Does that mean it’s too early or late?
Also, is entry to the monument free for everybody from Monday to Sat 0830-0930?

Thank you

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I suspect there are other reasons that tickets aren't available. As to the free early hour, I did this 2 years ago (early November). You don't need much more than that the hour, in my opinion, but this was pretty crowded by 8:45 and due to service being at 9:30, guards are pretty agressive about pushing you out beforehand, particularly if you are near the 'church' part and just want that last photo or view. If you jave 2 early mornings in town, that would work well.

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@mariaF so when does the general ticketed visits start??? Can I buy a ticket at 0830 am or that one hour is only for people visiting for free. By reading some posts, I’m guessing I could get tickets before going in. But if not, then probably allotting a day to Cordoba would be a waste

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I am not much help since my visit was on a Sunday morning (in Jan 2016), when it is open 8:30-12 before noon mass; but we just got there at opening time and bought a ticket immediately with no trouble and no line. And no crowds.

Posted by
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Do they ever sell the general visit type tickets in advance on the web? I thought they could only be purchased when you get there and advance tickets were only for the Soul tour. Anyway, we went before 1100hrs, when the coach trips start to arrive apparently, and there was no queue. This was in October on a weekday.

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I didn't buy a ticket online in advance; frankly, I just assumed that was possible because it usually is these days, for high-demand sights. I apologize for possibly sending you off on a wild-goose chase.

I was in Cordoba for multiple days and may have bought a ticket on-site for the following day or later on the day of purchase; unfortunately, I do not remember. The Mezquita is large and can hold a great many people. I don't remember seeing a long line of folks waiting to get inside.

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6520 posts

I went last December and we bought the ticket at the entrance. The lines moved pretty fast for a late morning visit

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I visited in July as a day trip, and was able to walk directly up and buy a ticket. I think you'd probably be fine in November!

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3582 posts

I think purchased ticket times work around masses, and I don't know when ticket sales open. If you are there for 8:30, just do the free visit. If you want more time, then consider buying one. As 1 person, you can manage better entry times than large parties

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It’s been a few years, but we bought ours on site, especially since we didn’t know for certain which day we were going to visit.

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Yes, just this past week. We went in the afternoon and walked right up to the ticket counter. It was about 4 and they close at 6. This was a great time to go because I think all of the tour groups go in the morning and we had it relatively uncrowded in there. We felt like we saw everything pretty well in about an hour and a half. We went back the next morning anyway for the free portion, since we were in town overnight. It was also pretty uncrowded then since they don’t let tour groups in for that free time. FYI, there are certain portions roped off during the free hour that I think are definitely worth being able to see, and by the time you get indoors and they start ushering you out at the end, the free hour amounts to more like 45-50 mins.

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I was there yesterday. They were closed from 11-14:00 for religious reasons. Got there at 10:15, Short wait at the general ticket office and got right in at two. Ticket machines were down
Buy your bell tower tickets ASAP. They are timed and very limited in number. We did that first and I prefer that to the book's recommendation of after. It's a nice,25 minute flat walk from the train station. An absolute must to see. We spent two hours inside and really didn't look at a lot of side chapels

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I was there twice in February, bought tickets on the spot, with a 5-10 wait. 2 years ago I was there right after Easter, in March, and went to the free hour. There were lots of folks lined up at several entrances. However it is so large, it didn't feel as crowded as earlier visits when there were lots of groups there.

Dress warmly - it gets cold inside, even when it's warm and sunny outside.

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Excellent point about the light. I've run into that late in the day in museums that depend a lot on skylights and have decided to open one evening a week.

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We visited a few years ago in May and there were maybe 6 people ahead of us in the ticket line. It is IMHO the most interesting sight in Spain and we have also been to the Alcazar in Seville and the Alhambra -- both of which are pretty stunning.
https://janettravels.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/the-mezquita-at-least-the-catholics-had-the-good-sense-not-to-destroy-it-when-they-desecrated-it/
Note that in Spain there are deep discounts for seniors and they apply to seniors of any nationality -- if that applies to you.

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A week ago I found a long line for the ticket windows at midday, but a couple of ticket-selling machines nearby with minimal waiting. (This was on Saturday of a holiday weekend.) The machine was easy to use, and there was no wait to enter the building. Don't know about the tower, but if I were 27 I'd take on that climb too. ;-)