The Mezquita of Cordoba

Trip Start Sep 20, 2012
Trip End Nov 13, 2012

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Flag of Spain  , Andalusia,
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Wow! This has been an absolute highlight. The mezquita has a fascinating history. It began as a roman temple in 200BC, then a christian temple and then with the Islamic invasion of 785AD it was turned into a huge mosque with minaret. It had a total of 1013 columns - a beautiful, mesmerising construction that still remains.After the Christians took over again, a large section of the mosque was destroyed to allow a cathedral to be built in the middle of the mosque in 1523 - now only 856 columns remain. It's pretty unique to see a cathedral within an islamic mosque.
We toured Cordoba through its gorgeous narrow streets and alleys, through the old Jewish quarter and then crossed the ancient roman bridge with foundations over 2000 years old.
We headed back to Seville for our city tour. What a beautiful city! We saw the.Bull ring, the Cathedral and Giralda Tower( a former minaret, now a bell tower over 98 metres). This cathedral is the third largest church in the world after St Peters in Rome and St Pauls in London. We just happen to be seeing all 3 this trip - feels like a pilgrammage! This church is also the resting place of Christopher Columbus. You should have seen the Treasury where the most dazzling gold chalices,crowns, statues and relics are housed. We toured a number of plazas and the Santa Cruz quarter and just loved the feel and atmosphere of the place.Tonight, we saw a flamenco show - Craig and I were spellbound. Loved their passion, their physicality, their costumes. Then visited Plaza de Espania in Maria Louisa Park where ornate, classical buildings were constructed for the 1929 Ibero-American Expo. Was fantastic and had a spectacular fountain in the centre.
Great night, great city.
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