Mosque of Córdoba:
Mosque of Córdoba:
It is attributed to Abderramán’s longing for the mosques of Damascus, where his dynasty perished. Yet at the same time, it manifests the triumphs of his people and his gratitude to his faith.
In 780 AD, begin the construction of the biggest mosque the world had ever known over the structure of what it was known as the visgothic church of Saint Vincent.
The 23,400 square meters that occupies the actual mosque with almost 500 columns and superimposed arches, they are the partial creation of Abderramán I, of Abderramán II, of Alhaken II and of Almanzor already by the year 987 AD. It is considered the epitome of the caifal art, and its fantastic forest of columns and arches in its interior is one of the most beautiful spaces ever constructed in a house of worship. The orientation of the Mihrab, curiously is not towards Meccah. In 1,253, at the center of its complex, a Christian cathedral is built.
Few pieces of art of this magnitude present such mixture of artistry such as the Cordobesian mosque, where mixed into the caifal styles, you can see the Byzantine and oriental influences, as well as hispano-romanic and Visigothic elements. To observe this, all that is needed is to step on to the Gate of the Forgiveness, at its northern side, crossing through its mudejar decorations, and stepping on to the Patio of the Orange Trees, entering the mosque through the Gate of the Palms, of a beautiful plateresque style. It is then only that you will find the grandiose caifal architecture.
In this great Muslim temple, one can appreciate its magnificence in each corner and detail. The examples of the central octagonal dome, richly decorated with polychrome mosaics; the Mihrab, or the place to which a Muslim must look for it faces Mecca, that possesses a blinding decoration of marble and sculpted Byzantine mosaics, as well as dozen other examples.
LA CATEDRAL. In 1236 Cordoba...
LA CATEDRAL. In 1236 Cordoba was reconquered by the Christians and converted the mosque inot Christian Cathedral.They added the Royal Chapel.In 1523 the Catholic Church and King Charles V built a christian cathedreal inside the mosque. So the Gothic style was mixed to the Baroque and Renaissance style.
THE CATHEDRAL. After return of...
THE CATHEDRAL. After return of Christians in 1236, the mosque was reconsecrated as a Christian church, but only in 1523 construction began on a Cathedral within its walls, requiring the removal some of the original columns. Nevetherless, this Gothic in design cathedral (with some late baroque features) is really nice. Here we have two quite different worlds under one harmonious roof. Especially noteworthy are the choir stalls, carved by the Andalucian sculptor Pedro Dukue Cornejo.
From Sevilla by bus
There is a regular bus service from Sevilla to Cordoba; the company is "Alsina Graells", and there is one bus each hour.
Cordoba Bus Station: Plaza de las Tres Culturas s/n
Hay un servicio de buses regular desde Sevilla a C?rdoba; la empresa es "Alsina Graells", y hay un bus cada hora.
Estación de Autobuses de Córdoba: Plaza de las Tres Culturas s/n
A Patio converted in to a restaurant with a "bodega" at the back full of wooden barrels this place is charming, and gives you the feel of Cordoba.
Typical Tapas and Sherry, Wine and Beer. You can order the dishes in 3 sizes, Smallest to biggest: Tapa, 1/2 Racion and Racion. There is a menu translated (badly) into English. The prices are cheap and the food good. Its a beautiful place and a gem if you want typical Cordoban food with local prices not geared towards tourists.
Dont expect fast service or for the waiter to pay too much attention to you. Its not because you are foreign, Its because he is cordoban, they will get to you on their own time...Dont try to rush things. Enjoy Spain! Salmorejo con Jamon (A sister of Gazpacho, Cold garlicky tomato sauce/cream that is made with raw egg.and bread mixed in.) VERY GOOD! And its a typical dish from Cordoba.
The Albondigas (Meatballs) are good as is pretty much everything else. Try something new!