Sinagoga Cordoba Reviews
Cordoba Synagogue Oct 13, 2011
Cordoba under Islamic rule had a sizeable and respected Jewish Community, who worked with the Christian and Islamic scholars and artisans of the town. But with the coming of the Spanish Inquisition, a vibrant culture was silenced. The tiny Synagogue in the depth of the Juderia is a poignant reminder of a people who made an important contribution to the life of Cordoba, and were then driven out.
The little Synagogue survived because the Jewish decoration was plastered over and it was used as a hospital, and then a meeting house for a Christian brotherhood. When the plaster fell off, a more tolerant priest realised what he was looking at, and now it is a monument.
There are some half ruined hebrew engravings of psalm readings, and a woman's gallery, surviving, along with some of the original decoration.
If you go when it is quiet, this is a good place to visit, both historically and aesthetically, and a good place to think. However thought provoking it should have been, however, I got there when there was a never ending procession of coach tours going, one in and one out, overwhelming a space that was barely the size of a living room. So although I recommend it, try not to go when a herd of unthinking tours are stomping about in it.
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