Cordoba Journals

Romans, Muslims, and Christians in Cordoba

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A July 2006 trip to Cordoba by baroudeur2004

Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba Photo, Cordoba, Spain More Photos
Quote: Discovering Cordoba, a city with multiple influences blending together harmoniously. An overview of my two-day stay in the ancient capital of Muslim Spain.

Plaza De La Corredera

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Restaurant

Plaza De La Corredera Photo, Cordoba, Spain
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My friend and I could not be in Spain and not try the local cuisine. Spain is especially famous for its tapas (kind of starters), and eating four or five tapas is like eating a full meal. We had been to Plaza de la Corradera for a quick drink during the day between two visits and we noticed that many restaurants were closed because of the drenchy heat. We decided to come back on the evening to try the local cuisine. Plaza de la Corradera is a beautiful rectangular square with a typical Cordovan atmosphere: there are numerous bars, shops, restaurants, and from time to time an open-air market. The arches and balconies were recently repainted with bright colours (I had seen photos of my p...Read More

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Plaza De La Corredera
central
Cordoba, Spain

Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba

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Attraction | "Cathedral "

Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba Photo, Cordoba, Spain
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Seeing Christian altars in an ancient Mosque will undoubtedly surprise you. I certainly did not expect to see such a cathedral in the middle of a mosque. The history of the cathedral is as follows: in 1236, when Fernand III conquered the city of Cordoba, the mosque became a Cathedral (of the Virgin’s Assumption) instead of being destroyed, like many other mosques during the Reconquista. The reforms brought to the former mosque strongly affected the north zone where all naves were closed, except the one that became the entry of the Cathedral under the name of Puerta de las Palmas. On the other hand, 52 chapels were constructed and the sumptuous Mirhab became the vestry of the ...Read More

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Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba
Calles Torrijos and Cardenal Herrero S/N
Cordoba, Andalusia

Alcazar de Los Reyes Cristianos - The Palace of The Christian Kings

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Attraction | "Alcazar de Los Reyes Cristianos "

Alcazar de Los Reyes Cristianos - The Palace of The Christian Kings Photo, Cordoba, Spain
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The Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos is not as beautiful as the Alcazar of Seville but it is nonetheless worth a visit, especially for its sumptuous gardens. For your information, the construction of the Alcazar was undertaken in 1328, under the protection of Alphonse XI and later, the Alcázar underwent some transformations. During the campaign for the reconquest of Grenada, it was in this Alcázar that the Catholic Kings lived. Its style is mudejar and its shape is square. Some strong towers stand at the four corners of the construction and around, the beautiful gardens that descend until the strands of the Guadalquivir River are the highlight of the visit. Three towers ...Read More

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Alcazar de Los Reyes Cristianos - The Palace of The Christian Kings
Downtown
Cordoba, Spain

Patios of Cordoba

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My friend admiring a patio Photo, Cordoba, Spain
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When I was in Cordoba, I could not miss a visit of some patios in the old city because the adorable patios of Cordoba are really appealing. There are some which are luxurious others that are deeply popular, but all are original and extraordinarily clean, introverted, intimate and decorated with plants and flowers. The patios have two origins: Roman and Arabian. The Cordovan patio was the intimate "agora" of the Roman and the intimate corner of the Arabic.Do not believe that the patio is only seen in the big houses. The patios are like small gardens that flood the house with joy, beauty and liberty, and that is why the patios are present even in the most modest homes and its reason is thus...Read More

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Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba

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Attraction | "Mezquita (La Mezquite) - Mosque"

Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba Photo, Cordoba, Spain
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The gold of your ceilings shines like the lightning crossing the clouds, said one Spanish poet when describing la Mezquita. Seen from the outside, the dazzling Mezquita, jewel of Spanish Art, looks more like a military fortress than a religious temple. It is only once I entered inside that I could admire its magnificent architectural designs. Opening times in summer: 10am-7pm Monday to Saturday; Sundays and Bank Holidays from 9am to 10:15am and 2pm to 7pm. Timetables change with the seasons, so check the exact opening times when you arrive. Entrance is 8€ (discounts for children).Inside the Mezquita, I could witness four architectural styles correspo...Read More

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Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba
Calles Torrijos and Cardenal Herrero S/N
Cordoba, Andalusia