Cathedral Minaret, Córdoba
As usual the tower was made over the previous Minaret on the 16th century. As soon as you enter at the Plaza de los Naranjos, you can see this tower.
This area is a paradise for photographers, or at least for me, I could not stop taking photos of all the details around this are and the tower.
Now we can walk along the Juderia to visit the Real Alcazar
Situated on the north wall of the Mezquita grounds at the Puerta del Perdon, the former minaret was once much taller than it is currently. It was shortened and encased (notice the lower portion that appears to larger in width than the upper portion) when it was converted into a bell tower sometime after the 16th century. The original minaret reportedly looked very similar to the Giralda in Sevilla which was constructed as a copy of the Mezquita's minaret. This was apparently the case with many minarets built after the one in Cordoba.
At the Orange-Trees Courtyard there is the minaret, from where the congregation was call to pray. The present tower was built at the 16th century, over the ancient minaret.
En el Patio de los Naranjos se encuentra el alminar, desde donde se convocaba a los fieles a la oración. La torre actual, comenzada en el siglo XVI, fue construida sobre el antiguo alminar.
A Minaret is an architectural element of Mosques, generally a high tower exceeding all other buildings. Its goal is to provide a raised position for the call of the prayer. Joined with the enclosed wall opposite to the prayer room, the Minaret can have various forms according to the genius of architects. Some Arab words derive from the same Arab root meaning to announce or call the prayer: muezzin, muwazzin... The English word derives from another Arab word indicating a lighthouse or projector: manzra, while passing through Turkish: minare. Certain theological schools of Islam, like the wahhabism, are opposed to the existence of the minarets, for they were not present at the time of Mahomet. Abd-er-Rahman III was the one to have the 93m Minaret of the Great Mosque of Cordoba built, dominating its court and the city but Hisham Ist had made several interior installations such as galleries and an ablution bassin intended for the women who came to pray. Today it is adorned by bells, for after the reconquest of the city, the Catholic Kings not wanting to demolish it, converted it into a belltower for the Cathedral.
Minarets usually stand alone away from the main mosque. I have a feeling the the original minaret didn't survive and the one you see here is a later add on.
Whenever it was built it is a beautiful tower especially around 4 o' clock in February (when the photo below was taken). I love the way the orange light of Cordoba casts a spell over the sructure and thows everything else into the shadows.
The current belltower of the Cathedral of Cordoba is just the old minaret of the Mosque, originally designed by Said Ibu Ayub in 957. In 1589 it was repaired by Hernan Ruiz, due to significant storm damage. Ruiz was famous for his work at the Cathedral of Seville. In 1618, the minaret was reinforced with several meters of masonry work and a little more than a hundred years later major work was again done following the 1755 earthquake in Lisbon.
At the top of the belltower is a statue of the Archangel Raphael, patron saint of the city.
Deriving its name from minaret, la Torre del Alminar was in fact built in the 14th century during Christian rule on the site of the original minaret of the Great Mosque of Córdoba. Visitors are permitted to climb up the tower for great views of the city.
This tower also called Torre de las Campanas was first a Moorish Alminar and was built during the reign o f Abd al-Rahman III, later it was converted in a Bell Tower. It has suffered many disasters and was almost demolished, but was reconstructed in 1593.
This surprising tall tower is located a couple of blocks south of Plaza Colon. It looks like an ancient minaret, but I really don't know, and it was not mentioned in the guidebook. So... if you know, let me know too.
Just next to the Orange trees Courtyards,you can see this beautiful tower,it was built in Baroque Style.s*
The photo below is the tower located on the Mezquita. In the days of the Moors, it was the minaret from which those of Islamic faith were called to worship.