The scale of the building, its legendary arches and of course the Mihrab are beautiful ... but everything else about this was a disappointment. We had scheduled a half-day in Cordoba but worked our way through the Cathedral (one of the very few places of interest open on a Monday—not their fault, of course) in about an hour and were on the bus to Granada four hours early.
For €8 I expected at least a little "curation" but unlike in many other cathedrals, there were absolutely no explanations anywhere. It was very dark as well.
A lapsed Catholic myself, I don't hold the present-day church responsible for the centuries-ago desecration of the Mezquita's heritage as a Muslim holy site. And I am no great defender of "multi-culturalism", particularly when it takes the form of religious fundamentalism/extremism, especially in otherwise secular societies. But somehow it felt as though the church could do a lot more to recognise the site's almost unique place in Western history. (Sure, to the victors go the spoils but why not be a more gracious winner?)
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