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Cordoba and Back to Madrid: Part 4, Final Part

An August 2006 trip to Spain by marseilles

Catedral de Toledo Photo, Toledo, Spain More Photos
Quote: The last leg of our tour of Southern Spain was a short stop at Cordoba, then a coach ride back to Madrid.

Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba

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Attraction | "Mezquita (La Mezquite) - Mosque"

Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba Photo, Cordoba, Spain
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We boarded the coach a little past 9am, and headed to our next stop, Cordoba. We thought we had had our fill of Churches, but walking into the Mezquita at Cordoba took our breath away, and we ended up walking around the Mezquita in awe and amazement for more than an hour.The Mezquita is a gargantuan mosque, built in the 10th century on the site of a small Christian church. When Cordoba was Christianized, the Mezquita was turned into a cathedral. I had seen mosques before in Asia. And being a Catholic in a former Spanish colony, I of course had seen Churches, including dozens of medieval Churches that dot the Philippine islands.But the Mezquita was something else. When you walk ...Read More

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Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba
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Cordoba, Andalusia

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

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Attraction | "Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia"

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The Guernica gave me goosebumps.We were fortunate that our visit to the Reina Sofia coincided with a special Picasso exhibition celebrating the 25th year since the Guernica had been turned over to Spain from New York's Museum of Modern Art. Before we arrived at the Guernica, we saw a trio of works that prepared us for the big moment. Francisco de Goya's El 3 de Mayo, Manet's The Execution of Max...Read More

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Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Santa Isabel 52
Madrid, Spain 28012
+34 (91) 7741000

Catedral de Toledo Photo, Toledo, Spain
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We had had less than a week to enjoy Spain, but we were fortunate to have seen so much.On the technical side, the Spanish trip reaffirmed my belief in bus tours. Exploring a country and a new culture by one's self is still incomparable, but travelers don't always have the time or the resources to do that. A bus tour can be very helpful and informative if it has good guides who can really help travelers understand and appreciate the culture and the place they are visiting. The slower pace of a backpacker bus tour--one that allows travelers a lot of free time to do exploring on their own--is a good alternative to the more packaged, contrived tours where one is whisked off from sight to sight wit...Read More