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    LA MEZQUITA - TORRE DEL ALMINAR

    by LoriPori Written Feb 22, 2008

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    Favorite thing: A Minaret once stood where the Belfry TORRE DEL ALMINAR is now. The original Minaret was built in 957 and was eventually enveloped in this Barocque Belltower. It really is a beautiful tower and not surprisingly very much photographed. Along with the orange trees, it makes for a wonderful picture. I know I couldn't get enough of it and took pics at several different angles.

    Torre del Alminar

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    LA MEZQUITA - PUERTA DEL PERDON c.1377

    by LoriPori Written Feb 22, 2008

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    Favorite thing: As you walk through this wonderful Arch PUERTA DEL PERDON (c.1377) you are treated to the delightful "Patio de los Naranjos" (Courtyard of Orange Trees). You will also see Palm trees, olive trees and cypresses and wonderful views of the Minaret / Belltower.
    Originally, entrance to the Mosque was gained via many doors, which were designed to let in the light. This door, Puerta del Perdon or "Gate of Forgiveness" is in Mudejar style and is now the only one open to the public.

    Puerta Del Perdon

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    LA MEZQUITA - MIHRAB

    by LoriPori Written Feb 22, 2008

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    Favorite thing: The original Mihrab was not correctly aligned to indicate the exact direction towards Mecca, as the Great Mosque was built on the grounds of an existing building ( the former Cathedral ). To correct this many years later, everything was done to make the new MIHRAB unique and beautiful. Byzantine craftsmen were brought to Cordoba and made this Mihrab the finest of all Moorish religious architecture. Its roof is a high dome hewn from a single block of marble. It is decorated with a profusion of floral and geometric patterns and verses from the Koran in Arabic script. It is truly beautiful and one of the many highlights of the Mezquita.

    Mezquita - the Mihrab

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    THE GUADALQUIVIR RIVER

    by LoriPori Written Feb 22, 2008

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    Favorite thing: The fourth longest river in Spain, the GUADALQUIVIR RIVER is also the longest in Andalucia. The name comes from the Arabic Al-Wadi Al-Kabir which means the "Great River".
    The River is 657 kilometres long and begins at Canada de las Fuentes in the Cazorla Mountain Range, passes through Cordoba and Seville and ends at the fishing village of Bonanza, flowing into the Gulf of Cadiz in the Atlantic Ocean.
    Views of the Guadalquivir River can be seen from the Roman Bridge.

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    GARDENS OF EL ALCAZAR

    by LoriPori Written Feb 22, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Perhaps the most wonderful part of the El Alcazar is its fabulous GARDENS. We walked through the many paths leading in and out of ponds, waterfalls and fountains. There was one row of meticulously trimmed trees which looked so impressive to me. Also amongst the gardens was a monument with three figures of Queen Isabella, her husband Ferdinand and Christopher Columbus as it was here at the Alcazar that Isabella commissioned Columbus to seek the New World.

    Gardens of El Alcazar

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    TRIUMPHAL COLUMN OF SAN RAFAEL

    by LoriPori Written Feb 21, 2008

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    Favorite thing: After passing under the Puerta del Puente or Bridge Gate, the first thing you notice is theTRIUMPHAL COLUMN OF SAN RAFAEL which stands between the Gate and the great Mosque and is erected on an embossed pedestal. The sculpture by Verdiguier which was completed 1781, was commissioned to pay homage to the archangel Rafael, the patron saint of Cordoba, for having spared the city during a devastating earthquake.

    Triumphal Column of San Rafael Pedestal for the Triumphal Column

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    PUERTA DEL PUENTE - 16th CENTURY

    by LoriPori Updated Feb 21, 2008

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    Favorite thing: After crossing the Roman Bridge, you come upon the 16th century PUERTA DEL PUENTE or BRIDGE GATE. Built in 1571 and designed by Hernan Ruiz III, the Puerta Del Puente with its impressive twin columns located on each side, is a Doric Triumphal Arch. Once you have passed under it, you are treated to your first views of the Mezquita Catedral.

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    ROMAN BRIDGE - PUENTE ROMANO 1st Century B.C.

    by LoriPori Written Feb 21, 2008

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    Favorite thing: After parking the car near Avenida Fray Albino, we, Hans & I, Carmen & Stace, walked over the ROMAN BRIDGE towards the Mezquita. There are good views of the Roman Bridge from the South Bank.
    Crossing the Guadalquivir River, the Roman Bridge, with its 16 arches, is magnificent in its beauty and solidity, but reflects little of its Roman roots due to frequent reconstruction over many decades.
    In the centre of the bridge, is a little shrine to the archangel St. Raphael who watches over the bridge.

    Roman Bridge - view from South Bank Shrine to St. Raphael
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    Cordoba - History (end)

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written May 19, 2006

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    Favorite thing: However in the XI-th century Cordobian Caliphate has broken up into some small independent states. Through some tens years Cordoba obeyed to Seville and became a part of the Sevillian state.
    In 1236 Ferdinand III conquered Cordoba.
    Cordoba became a provincial city.

    Cordoba - Minareth-Belltower
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    Cordoba - History (cont)

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written May 19, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Cordoba received actual independence from Baghdad caliphs in the X-th century at Abd-ar-Rachman III. It turned into the biggest and rich city of Western Europe. The population of the city reached 500 thousand. Arts, sciences, crafts prospered there.

    Cordoba - Mosque inside
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    Cordoba - History

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written May 19, 2006

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    Favorite thing: It is considered, that Romans established a colony Cordoba in II century before Christmas. This city was the capital of Roman province Betica and became the major cultural center. Great philosophers Seneka and Lukian were born there.
    In 711 moors conquered Cordoba. In 756 Abd-ar-Rachman established Cordobian Caliphate. The blossoming of Cordoba began at that time.

    Cordoba - Mosque
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    The cordoba card

    by sourire76 Written May 16, 2006

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    Favorite thing: As we were staying only one day in Cordoba, we decided to take the cordoba card which is a very useful card.

    The card is sold for 17€ a day and with it you will be able to benefit from:

    - All museums and monuments in Córdoba.
    - Bus to Archaelogical site of Medina Azahara (you will have the choice between the 11AM and the 6PM bus (we go for the 6PM one).
    - A guided tour along the area declared World Heritage.

    The card also gives discount on some restaurant and shopping area.

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    those wonderful parks

    by pepples46 Updated Jul 13, 2005

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    Favorite thing: when ever the heat get too much..there is relief close by, f.g.... the Park Maria Luisa ..gives shelter from the Sun. the temp. can get into the early 40deg

    Fondest memory: so many, Cordoba has been an easy going City as far as I remember, and I felt safe..no hassles

    Cordoba's Park's
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    Cordobas Patios

    by pepples46 Updated Jul 13, 2005

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    Favorite thing: of course well garded, all the tourist would just move in and would be all over private property.....but Cordobas people share it, with open safegard doors though!! I was very impressed with that

    Fondest memory: look into the Entrance of Houses..serene and beautiful

    Cordoba's Patio's
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    the City Center

    by pepples46 Updated Jul 13, 2005

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    Favorite thing: wonderfully preserved and restored!!
    ideal places to have your lunch or dinner, watching people, relaxing

    Fondest memory: everything is so neetly reachable in Cordoba, no need for a car, park it securly and walk .....but stay out of the midday sun, can get reeeeeall hot

    Cordoba's Main Square
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    • Castles and Palaces

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