Parador de Cordoba
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... was turned into a mosque after Muslim Turkish conquest. The Hagia Sofia was a grander building and built 300 years earlier, but in Western Europe the Great Mosque of Cordoba is the oldest and largest surviving place of worship, surpassing those in Rome.
We took a fast train from Malaga to Cordoba on Christmas day 2013, came and saw the Great Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba. Unfortunately other sights were generally closed, ...
... at night, it was uphill the whole way and when we got there, it was just a really poorly lit outdoor crucifix...neat, I guess. Overall a great day though and I'm excited to get some more time in the Mosque tomorrow.
Technical Blog Note - My tablet does not allow me to re-order the photos. The laptop does, but we won't have the laptop with us again until after the camino, so from this date forward the photos may be out of order...sorry about that.
Early start to be in the fantastic Mezquita by 09.00. This is a mosque that has been converted to a cathedral, which is in the centre. Once inside you realise how unique this palace is, 19 x 19 rows of columns with arches joining, from every direction there are arches and pillars. The Mihrab which faces Mecca is adorned with intricate and vibrant decoration. The cathedral is also ornately decorated lost too much ...
... school bus with 30 twelve year old girls? And so, the journey began. While Margot was being suffocated by the body odor (it´s not a myth - many Europeans do not wear deodorant) and I was trying to hear myself think through the man´s overbearing voice behind me, we drove for what seemed about 2 minutes. That was thanks to the magic of Tylonel PM. Around 4am the bus stopped and everyone scurried inside to use the bathroom. The bus driver in broken English told us a half hour more. ...
... a Catholic church.
When I was there they had a catholic mass in the AM in the center catholic architecture area from 8:30 or 9 to 10:00. Muslims are not allowed to do prayers here.
But back to the beginning.
In the morning we had a last wonderful breakfast at Hotel San Gabriel, and then got a cab to the train station. There was never any problem at the train station because signs were in Spanish and English. Then off ...
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