Catedral de Cordoba (Antigua Mezquita)
Catedral de Cordoba (Antigua Mezquita) Reviews
Mezquita/ Cordoba Cathedral Oct 12, 2011
The Mezquita of Cordoba is one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen.
There has been a place of worship on this site for thousands of years, from a pagan temple through a visigoth church to the modern blend of Islamic and 16th century Christian styles.
The mix of architectural styles is dazzling. From the original, delicate terracota and white arches of the mosque, to the dazzling mihrab (prayer niche) that has somehow survived the fact that Cordoba was the headquarters of the Inquisition, and the 16th century cathedral in the middle, there can be few buildings anything like it in the world. Personally, I prefer the aesthetics and clean lines of the islamic sections to the ornate decoration in the christian part. The Mihrab is decorated with golden cubes that were the gift of the Christian emperor in Constantinople (it does take a bit of a moment to get your head around the Muslim ruler of Spain being given gold for his mihrab by the Christian ruler of a chunk of Turkey) and is simply stunning.
Despite being a major tourist attraction, there is a real sense of peace in the cool, dim building. I would love to return early in the morning when it is mostly empty.
The visit starts in the Patio, full of fountains and orange trees, which is free to visit. An entry fee (8 Euros in October 2011) is payable for the mezquita itself (free before 10.30). It shuts on Sunday morning for mass.
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Catedral de Cordoba (Antigua Mezquita) Jul 23, 2009
One of the high-lights of any visit to Cordoba must be Catedral de Cordoba (Antigua Mezquita). Building this astonishing mosque started as early as in 756 and continued over next 300 of years.
Around year 1000 Cordoba was the centre of Europe and being a city of 500.000 people. The city had succeeded Byzantium and Bagdad in science, culture and scholarship, and in this metropol the most important building was the Great Mosque.
Even after the Christians captured the city, Cordoba’s the beauty was so obvious that it took centuries before there were some rebuilding of the mosque to a Christian church. In 1523 they completed the Cathedral Coro sponsored by the King Carlos V and who realized the mistake by telling the chapter upon seeing the completed work "You have built what or others might have built everywhere, but you have destroyed something that was unique to the world"
I must admit that standing in this building made me small. I found the building impressive and one of these buildings I will remember for life like; Haghia Sophia, Alhambra, Parthenon, Acropolis and some more.
The building is awesome and made my history books become real again.
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