Cordoba Travel Blog› entry 17 of 27 › view all entries
We´d never heard of Cordoba before, but it sounded ok in the guide book, so we thought we´d have a look.
What we found was the most beautiful mosque that we´ve seen. It even rivals the mosque in Damascus, Syria (though that was a living mosque, so was a different experience altogether, and still remains very high on our list). Anyhow, the mosque of Cordoba was built over a remarkably short period - seemingly taking only one year to complete the first part. They took columns from old Roman and other ruins, and added to them to create a few hundred colums, topped with red and cream (brick and plaster) double arches. Seeing the mosque in use would have been the most amazing sight, as thousands could have prayed in unison. It is extraordinarily large, as at the time of its construction, Cordoba was the biggest city in the empire, at about 300,000 residents. Unfortunately, a Christian king took it upon himself to order the destruction of part of the mosque and the construction of a cathedral in its place (in the 16th or 17th century). He ruined it! But if you block the cathedral out, it´s still a wonderful place.
We also walked around the old Jewish quarter, of whitewashed houses in the narrowest of streets. It´s very quaint, though hazardous when a car or motorbike decides to drive down the street!
Still loving the tapas!!!