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We got up late, as we decided not to go to church. We figured we satisfied the requirement when we were in Sevilla.
We didn't have breakfast at the hotel. It wasn't cheap, and the buffets have been 'ok' at best. We decided to skip and go directly to the Mezquita.
Mezquita is the Spanish term for mosque. It was built by the Moors, but then when the Catholics took over, they built the cathedral in ...
... with people.
Hence our wanting to get out early so we could visit Cordoba's most famous site The Mezquita. This beautiful church is built within the walls of a mosque built during the 8thC. Inside there are over 850 columns of granite,jasper & marble. Beautifully decorated ceilings, exceptional tiled walls all juxtaposed with alters, chapels,statues and everything one associates with a Christian church.
The crowds were horrendous but occasionally ...
... chambers), and the site where the royals met Christopher Columbus before his voyage to America. There wasn’t much to the inside of the Palace, with the exception of climbing all the stairs to see some great views. The gardens in the back were the real highlight of the palace. I remember trying (and failing) to maintain a little spice garden years back...I can only imagine the work required to build and maintain this one. There were ...
... br> We really liked the castle's vibe; though the castle itself was on the small side and pretty bare inside (which actually seems perfect for filming), the gardens were magnificent, as were the views from the castle's towers. The castle was one of Ferdinand and Isabella's primary residences, and it was from one of those towers (the aptly-named "Torre de la Inquisicion") that they started and headquartered the Spanish Inquisition. On an ...
... trip is any indication), and he's been all over the world. He's studying Spanish in Cordoba right now, but we actually spent a while talking about South Africa and apartheid and just the general political climate, which was fascinating.
Craziness - the guy I was talking to is actually from Bellingham and his son is a contractor for Microsoft. Small world.
Also, it is raining. Again. Not sure if my clothes are going to dry so I hedged ...