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July 13, 2002
From journal Capturing Cordoba
The architectural style evolved during it`s construction, reaching the greatest splendor during the caliphate of al-Haken. Do not miss great skylighted domes for extra interior light and ingenious engineering system which consists of clustered pillars bearing intersecting lobed arches to support the domes.
Cinnaminson, New Jersey
March 26, 2004
Cordoba, birthplace of Seneca and Maimonides, was the most educated and cultured city in 10th century Europe. Now, this is a city where the old city was declared by the UNESCO a World Heritage Site, and you know why that is as soon as you enter it – you feel like you are a time traveler who just overcame several centuries of civilization and transferred from the modern-day, rectangular, twin apartment buildings to the times when Jews and Arabs lived peacefully next to each other and the city was full of poets, philosophers, doctors, and mystics.
The most amazing site in Cordoba is the Mezquita, an enormous mosque that was converted into a Christian cathedral. The mosque was built in the 8th century on the site of a Visigoth cathedral and kept getting enlarged over the course of the next two centuries. This is the first thing that you see when you enter the old city and the last thing you see when leaving it. The mosque occupies a very large block of the city. From the outside, the building looks like a brick-walled fortress with mudejar horseshoe patterns on the walls. If you enter through the Bell Tower, you will see a huge difference in the appearance of the Bell Tower from the rest – it’s pure baroque, as the tower was built in the 16th-17th centuries, with gorgeous ornaments on the inside of the ceiling. The mosque/church is probably the most amazing combination of eight centuries of architecture you would ever see. Here are the elements of the mudejar style alongside the Hispano-Flemish, Renaissance, and baroque features. The first things that makes this place stand out from any other church are the marble columns, connected with each other by semi-circular arches with white and red vertical stripes. The most important part of the old mosque is the mihrab, dating back from the 10th century, built during the last and largest expansions of the mosque. It is a large wall now behind the iron gates, decorated with mudejar horseshoe shape stucco, mosaics and plaster. Mihrab holds a sacred stone.
From journal Travels to Spain - Cordoba, Granada and Malaga
Todmorden, England, United Kingdom
June 8, 2002
From a sane standpoint, now its only virtue is that entry to the mosque is free before 0930 - for prayer I understand. Still, there is plenty of the old mosque to see, gracious narrow pillars supporting brightly coloured arches and, most striking of all, the Mihrab indicating the direction of Mecca. The original bell tower has not survived, but the terrific walls of the Mezquita surround another one, the Courtyard of Orange trees, and the main building.
From journal Charming Andalucian City
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
November 11, 2000
This mosque initiated the so-called Califal style, which combined Roman, Gothic, Byzantine, Syrian and Persian elements and was the starting-point of all Arabian-Hispanic architecture of the centuries to come, up to the Mudéjar-style of Arabians living in the Spain reconquered by Christians.
After the reconquest of Cordoba in 1236, a baroque church was built inside it and today it is the Cathedral of Cordoba.
From journal Cordoba, 1000 years after
Kansas City, Missouri
August 28, 2000
From journal Learning Spanish in Spain
Scotland, Scotland, United Kingdom
July 11, 2012
From journal Cordoba and Granada
Moscow, Moskva, Russia
September 13, 2010
From journal Andalusia
ashbourne, United Kingdom
August 28, 2010
From journal Andalusian travels
March 3, 2010
Moor and More - Year One in Andalucía,
The Cream of Cordoba