The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba
Another of Andalusia’s great landmarks, the Mezquita (mosque) of Cordoba, which is also known as Cordoba Cathedral in its role as a Catholic church, is a reminder of Cordoba’s time as one of Europe’s most prosperous cities in science, culture and the arts. Enter through the Patio de los Naranjos to find yourself amid the mosque’s arches with striking red and white design and over 850 granite and marble pillars where light streams in from the four cupolas, adding even more atmosphere. This mosque dates back to the 10th century, but the Renaissance cathedral which lies at the heart of this enclave, was created in the early 16th century. Both the architecture and artwork in the cathedral are representative of Cordoba’s artistic legacy. With such a contrast in architectural styles and encompassing different chapters of history, this is an absorbing site to explore. Climb the steps of the bell tower for views over the city.
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