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by Erin Elaine

Cordoba (Part I – the town and the Mezquita)

In May I finally visited Cordoba and I absolutely loved it. Beautiful town, cheap food, history around every corner. My friend Julie and I timed our trip with the annual Patio Festival, which is one of the most famous festivals in all of Spain. It was breathtaking and gorgeous, but that’s for Part II. Right now, check out these pictures of the town and the unique Mezquita.

The city of Cordoba is an open display of beauty around every corner. In the historic district, I was constantly awed by the narrow lanes, flower-filled balconies, and mini plazas filled with dining families. History is everywhere in Cordoba, and I loved it.

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La Mezquita – The ultimate mixture of Muslim and Christian architecture. When the Muslims conquered Cordoba in the 8th century, they began the construction of this mosque on the site of a former Christian church, which was itself the site of a former Roman temple. The mosque stood as a symbol of Islamic power for around 5 centuries until Cordoba was conquered by Christians, at which point they built a cathedral inside the mosque. To this day it is a Catholic cathedral, though much of the Moorish architecture remains.

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Finally, all the pictures for Part I of my Cordoba post. Enjoy!

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One comment on “Cordoba (Part I – the town and the Mezquita)

  1. magyarn
    July 23, 2014

    Looks like this was a great trip! Spain is one of my favorite countries as well. I studied abroad in Salamanca for 6 weeks in college (durante el verano que España ganó la copa mundial 2010!). That was pure madness of the most epic and best sort. ‘Never got to Cordoba while I was there, though. Oh well, guess I’ll have to go back 😉

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This entry was posted on June 21, 2014 by in Architecture, Culture, Photos, Religion, Spain, Spain, Travel, UNESCO and tagged , , , , .
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