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“A live witness to Spanish history”

Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
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Owner description: Roman Catholic church that was once a mosque. Blending many architectural styles, the structure evolved over the centuries.
Belgrade, Serbia
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“A live witness to Spanish history”
Reviewed 9 December 2013

When we had viewed all the principal sites in Granada, we proceeded to our next great and very
important stop on the journey through Spain, concretely, Andalusia.That had been the glorious Cordoba, the city in the southern Spain, and the capital of the province of Cordoba. The great, ancient cultures, as the Iberian and the Roman, were the witnesses and active participants to or in its tremendous development in the old times, i.e. before Christ. In the postclassical period ( Middle Ages), Cordoba became the capital of an Islamic caliphate. You can see everywhere, when You find Yourself within the formerly walls of the city, the remnants or reminders of architectural acting, either from Iberian civilization or Roman culture, during the Roman Republic and Roman Empire.But the most significant reminder is that of Islamic rule, i.e. Caliphate of Cordoba and it was the central place for all Iberian Peninsula.
As in Granada, here we also had during the past centuries, the tolerance of Muslim society toward the Christian and Jewish minorities.
Naturally, by all means, the most impressive complex of buildings and pertainings paths and alleys of orange trees, is the gorgeous Mezquita de Cordoba or Cathedral of Cordoba. It is located between the Calle Torrijos and Calle de La Grada Rodonda, in the proximity of the big river of Spain, the Rio Guadalquivir.
When You enter inside,You instantly get astonished by its huge hall with plenty of arcades and columns, that support the dome. In fact, there are in total 856 columns of jasper, onyx, marble and granit.Coloured in the bright red, white, golden yellow color and also the arcades, they appear as some formidable decoration, beside their static role, for some incredible foyer of the grandiose theatre. On the walls, among the windows, is applied the stunning work of the omnipresent in Islamic world,the arabesques, as well on some arcades ,that come above these red-white principal arcades.
You also can't pass,without seeing them, beside the elements of Catholic Christian Cathedral, that is converted from Islamic mosque, as the Chapel in the Mosque, the Woodwork in the Choir,
the Organ,the Poly-lobed arches, that occur completely as, and they really are, the Christian and in the end, very interesting figure of St.James, the Moor Slayer.
Also, as always presented or existed part of Mosque, there is one Minaret with adjoined, the Bell Tower. And of course, not to miss as very important part of every mosque, there is a Mihrab, a niche for praying, that points towards the direction of Mecca.
Definitely, one of my most loved edifices, I've seen in the world, until now.

Visited March 2013
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Reviewed 6 December 2013

Cordoba was only a detour stop for us on the way to Seville during our Spain trip, so it was the place I had researched the least and didn't have much anticipation.

I was completely blown away by the beauty of the Mezquita. It is simply stunning. From the sun-soaked courtyard of the orange trees to the never-ending rows of columns and red and white double arches, and the cathedral that so completely floored me that I had to sit down just so I could stare endlessly.

I feel like I could have spent hours walking around wide-eyed and open-mouthed. There's just no way to experience this except in person. Photos (and I took plenty) cannot do this place justice.

And quite honestly, though Cordoba is a very lovely city, anything else you see there pales in comparison to the Mezquita. We had several more hours to kill and dutifully went to a few more sights, but we might as well have stayed at the Mezquita because nothing could wow us after that.

Incidentally, this ruined the Alhambra for me. I'm quite positive I would have found it much more impressive if I hadn't seen the Mezquita first. Alas!

Visited November 2013
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“Not to be missed.”
Reviewed 4 December 2013

This is one of the most unusual and fascinating buildings in Andalucia and in my opinion should not be missed.

Visited October 2013
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

I did little research of Cordoba prior to the trip but the Cathedral was one of the big surprises. It is immense and a stunning property. Do not miss seeing this wonder.

Visited November 2013
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“Very impressive indeed”
Reviewed 1 December 2013

It's a bit difficult to appreciate the layout of this attraction from looking at pictures in guide books, but once you go there you won't fail to be bowled over by the magnificent architecture and the sheer scale of it.

Visited October 2013
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