Spain '09

Day 8: Córdoba

May 25

Bell TowerOnce the largest and probably the most culturally thriving city in Europe, Córdoba may have had a population in the tenth century of up to half a million. Now a provincial capital of around 325,000 inhabitants, Córdoba’s past splendor is mainly reflected in its Great Mosque.

The construction of the original structure began in the late 8th century and it was subsequently enlarged in several phases to make it one of the largest sacred buildings in the Islamic world. When Córdoba became part of Christian Spain in the 13th century, it was converted into a Cathedral.

Another highlight of a visit to Córdoba is a walk through the judería, the old Jewish quarter surrounding the Mosque-Cathedral.

- Julien

 

Arches & PillarsAfter we were done visiting Seville, we visited a small town called Córdoba. Córdoba is between Seville and Madrid. Córdoba is very unique for me because I am from Managua, Nicaragua and the money that we use is called Cordoba.

In this encantador place is the home of La Mezquita (Mosque). La Mezquita was the mosque for the Muslims. After the Christians reconquered the city from the Muslims, many mosques were destroyed. I was surprised that this one survived. In the middle of the Mezquita a Christian choir was built. This is the reason why La Mezquita survived.

- Scarlett

Patio de los Naranjos Dome of the Mosque Mihrab Choir Narrow Street of Juderia Narrow Street of Juderia Narrow Street of Juderia View from the Plaza de Tiberiades