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“Honestly not worth the side trip from Seville/Granada to see this "cash cow"”

Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
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Great Mosque Cathedral of Cordoba History Tour
Ranked #1 of 145 things to do in Cordoba
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Roman Catholic church that was once a mosque. Blending many architectural styles, the structure evolved over the centuries.
Reviewed 1 December 2013

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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Reviewed 1 December 2013

This is the epitome of convivientes, and the confluence of three cultures: Muslim, Judaism, and Christianity. The areas pertaining to Judaism are not really clear, although there is a small synagogue there. The Christian influence is very ornate and feels very busy (by nature of the architecture). The Mosque area is uniquely fabulous - it's very meditative, the architecture is marvelous and unbelievable.

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Reviewed 28 November 2013

You have to see the Cathedral Mosque to appreciate how strange and interesting it is. If you are in Cordoba, this is the one thing you must definitely see.

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Reviewed 28 November 2013

You could not hope to see many better sights than the Mezquita in Cordoba, even if you were to travel to all the four corners of the earth. Its mammoth size combined with its astounding mix of various artistic and sculptural traditions and the truly divine bauty of its many chapel and naves make it an unforgettable experience. Islam, Moorish elements, the Gothic and the Baroque coexist with and enrich one another in this stunning spectacle. You feel uplifted to know that Christian kings and priests have not sought to demolish the original Islamic structure but have built on and around with with great thoughtfulness and consideration. In today' world racked by all kinds of divisive tendencies and trends, the Mezquita stands as a great tribute to man's quest for synthesis and unity. Despite believing a non-believer myself I participated in a morning prayer one day and was really impressed by the beauty of the rituals performed by nine or ten priests and their assistants. Most of all, the organ with its majestic sonorousness provided a fitting backdrop to this moving spectacle. I surely was grateful to be allowed to take part.
Anjan Basu, Bangalore, India

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Reviewed 27 November 2013

I think that this is the most incredible religious building in Europe. In my opinion, even better that the nearby Alhambra!

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