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    See the cathedral in the early morning

    by lotharscheer Updated Aug 21, 2016

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    The cathedral is the main reason for most people to go to Cordoba, 8 Euro entrance fee and € 37 with a guide, if you go before 10 am you will have no tour groups and the entrance might be free (was free when i was there).

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    Website: http://www.mezquitadecordoba.org/en/history-mosque-cordoba.asp

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    Capilla Sagrario

    by Gypsystravels Updated May 13, 2016

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    For me this was one of the most impressive chapels in the Mezquita. It's located in the southeast corner of the former mosque and the walls and pillars are all adorned with beautiful frescoes and wonderful religious art work.

    The chapel was founded in 1330. According to my research the frescoes are by Cesare Arbasia of Saluzzo and date back to 1583-86. As you enter this small richly adorned chapel you will be greeted by a guard that is on watch probably to make sure that no one touches the delicate art. At the center of the chapel is the alter simply adorned.

    Photographs are allowed in the chapel, so no worries, snap away.

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    Richly decorated ceilings and pillars Frescoed alter, ceiling and pillars Another picture of the frescoes Quite beautiful Simply amazing!
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    Cathedral in the Mosque

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Apr 25, 2016

    The Mosque is so large, that when the Christians captured the city and wanted to convert it to a church it was too large for them to use, so there solution was to build a cathedral within the Mosque, using the original ceilings and supports.

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    Cathedral/Mosque

    by Oleg_D. Written Mar 6, 2016

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    Construction of Cordoba mosque started in 785 according to orders of Emir Abd Ar Rahman I. Construction was executed on foundations of old Visigothic Church. That’s why Mihrab of this mosque doesn’t show direction toward Mecca. Construction was accomplished n the end of X century during the rule of Al Mansur. When city of Cordoba was liberated from Moor by King Fernando III of Castile and Leon in 1236, some places of mosque were just consecrated and Christians started to use some parts of mosque as chapels. In 1523 construction of cathedral in the center of mosques started and was accomplished only in XVII century. Building itself is huge and it is impossible to catch entire Cathedral using your camera.
    Open:
    From November through February: from Monday to Saturday, from 08:30 to18:00 hrs.
    On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to 11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to 18:00 hrs.
    From March through October: from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 to19:00 hrs.
    On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to19:00 hrs.
    Admission to Patio de Los Naranjos is free. Admission to Mosque is 8 Euros
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video.

    Address: Calle Cardenal Herrero, 1

    Phone: +34 957 47 05 12

    Website: http://www.mezquitadecordoba.org/en/history-mosque-cordoba.asp

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    Portals

    by Oleg_D. Written Mar 6, 2016

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    Don’t forger to walk around of Cordoba Cathedral Mosque. Building is huge but you reward will be many beautiful portals built in X century. These portals have traditional horseshoe shaped arches adopted by Moors from Visigothic architecture. And Visigoths adopted such forms from Roman Classic architecture in their turn. As people say in my country “All new is forgotten old”. The most beautiful doorways, to my mind, are Puerta del Palacio and Purta de Santa Catalina. They are really beautiful. I took my pictures on rainy day when stone was wet and soaked by rain. It made all colors much brighter and deeper.
    Open:
    From November through February: from Monday to Saturday, from 08:30 to18:00 hrs.
    On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to 11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to 18:00 hrs.
    From March through October: from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 to19:00 hrs.
    On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to19:00 hrs.
    Admission to Patio de Los Naranjos is free. Admission to Mosque is 8 Euros
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video.

    Address: Calle Cardenal Herrero, 1

    Phone: +34 957 47 05 12

    Website: http://www.mezquitadecordoba.org/en/history-mosque-cordoba.asp

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    Forrest of columns

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 28, 2016

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    First time when I learned about the existence of Cathedral Mosque of Cordoba took place at the age of five. The friends of mine who were all five and even seven years elder presented me school book on subject of the History of Middle Ages. There we a lot nice pictures and they thought I will busy with that book and stop molest them. There I saw the pictures of that mosque and my first impression from its interior was that I could describe as “the forest of the columns”. If I had opportunity to visit this mosque during my childhood I would probably count them all to get theirs precise number. Being adult man I didn’t count all those columns. Different sources provide different figures. Well, all this building has twenty four thousand square meters. Construction was in progress since Abd Ar Rahman I started it in 785. Then Abd Ar Rahman II built up additional building by 850. New space was added in result of construction conducted according to orders of Al Hakam II in 950. And at last, all eastern part of mosque was constructed in 990 during the rule of Al Mansur. The only sad thing is that not all of those columns were carved by Moors and their Mozarabic subjects. A lot of columns were mercilessly extracted from Visigothic churches in conquered territory and even from Vandal churches and ancient Roman buildings in North Africa.
    Open:
    From November through February: from Monday to Saturday, from 08:30 to18:00 hrs.
    On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to 11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to 18:00 hrs.
    From March through October: from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 to19:00 hrs.
    On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to19:00 hrs.
    Admission is 8 Euros
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.

    Address: Calle Cardenal Herrero, 1

    Phone: +34 957 47 05 12

    Website: http://www.mezquitadecordoba.org/en/history-mosque-cordoba.asp

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    Ambulatory

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 27, 2016

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    Cathedral of Cordoba has no traditional semicircle ambulatory like in classic Romanesque and Gothic Cathedrals because this temple was incorporated just in central part of already existed Mosque. Nevertheless, ambulatory here exists and you can find it behind the chancel of cathedral. It consists of three chapels and five lunettes decorated with bas-relieves with scenes of Christ’s Passions such as Kiss of Judah and arrest at the garden of Gethsemane, Road to Calvary, Crucifixion, Deposition from the Cross and lamentation of Christ, Resurrection of Christ and sleepy guardians. All bas-relieves are executed in Plateresque style so popular in Spain of first half of XVI century.
    Open:
    From November through February: from Monday to Saturday, from 08:30 to18:00 hrs.
    On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to 11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to 18:00 hrs.
    From March through October: from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 to19:00 hrs.
    On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to19:00 hrs.
    Admission is 8 Euros
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.

    Address: Calle Cardenal Herrero, 1

    Phone: +34 957 47 05 12

    Website: http://www.mezquitadecordoba.org/en/history-mosque-cordoba.asp

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    Chancel

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 26, 2016

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    When King Fernando III of Castile and Leon liberated Cordoba from Moors in 1236, he didn’t destroy huge local mosque. Since a lot of Mudejar population or Moslem who became subjects of the King of Castile and Leon left in Cordoba they had to pray somewhere. That’s why step by step some places in Mosque were consecrated and became chapels. All this huge building was partly church and partly mosque for a long time. For almost three centuries after liberation Moslem community of Cordoba dramatically diminished and Christian increased. That’s why entire Mosque became Cathedral and it was decided to build real cathedral incorporating it in existing mosque. Construction stated in 1523 and was totally accomplished only in XVII century. Construction was executed by famous Spanish architect Hernan Ruiz the Elder and after his death in 1547 by his son Hernan Ruiz the Younger. Well, cathedral itself is magnificent and beautiful, especially its chancel and main altarpiece but you can see a lot of such constructions among late gothic Spanish cathedrals built in XVI and XVII centuries. Taking in consideration the fact that cathedral was incorporated in central, the oldest part of mosque, we can quite understand why even Spanish King Carlos I (Holy Roman Emperor Charles V) considered that architects destroyed that was better just to build that’s worse.
    Open:
    From November through February: from Monday to Saturday, from 08:30 to18:00 hrs.
    On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to 11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to 18:00 hrs.
    From March through October: from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 to19:00 hrs.
    On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to19:00 hrs.
    Admission is 8 Euros
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.

    Address: Calle Cardenal Herrero, 1

    Phone: +34 957 47 05 12

    Website: http://www.mezquitadecordoba.org/en/history-mosque-cordoba.asp

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    Choir

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 25, 2016

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    Choir of Cathedral e Cordoba was designed and built according to architectural fashion of XVI and XVII centuries. That means Late Gothic, Plateresque and neo-Classic styles are presented here. Choir and its wooden stalls covered with excellent woodcarvings are really stunning. But!? But if visited any Spanish cathedral built in XVI or XVII centuries already saw such constructions. Beautiful? Yes, indeed! But not unique!
    Open:
    From November through February: from Monday to Saturday, from 08:30 to18:00 hrs.
    On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to 11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to 18:00 hrs.
    From March through October: from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 to19:00 hrs.
    On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to19:00 hrs.
    Admission is 8 Euros
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.

    Address: Calle Cardenal Herrero, 1

    Phone: +34 957 47 05 12

    Website: http://www.mezquitadecordoba.org/en/history-mosque-cordoba.asp

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    San Jorge and San Sebastian Statues

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 24, 2016

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    When you are in chancel of Cordoba Cathedral, if you have main altar piece before your face, then statue of San Sebastian is going to be on your right hand side. It was made in first half of XVI century in Plateresque style so typical for Spain in mentioned time. On your left hand side you are going to find statue of San Jorge or Saint George of Cappadocia killing the dragon. Both these Saints are Martyrs and patrons of military men. According to medieval folk opinion Saint Sebastian especially helped Bowmen and Arbalesters. Saint George traditionally saves England, Russian Army Guards Units and Gypsies. Saint George is shown as man-at-arms dressed in full suit of plate armor of late gothic stile very typical for first quarter of XV century. I don’t know who the author of both those sculptures is, but they are excellent whoever their author was. Statue of Saint George is excellent source of information on arms and armor of Spanish (Castilian, Leonese and Aragonese) men-at-arm of first quarter of XVI century. Heavy cavalrymen of Hernan Cortes in Mexico campaign of 1519 could be equipped and armed exactly as this statue not like some painters or movie producers show us at their canvas and in their movies. He had only couple dozens of mounted men-at-arms but they were real shock troops and Kings of the Battlefields of New World.
    Open:
    From November through February: from Monday to Saturday, from 08:30 to18:00 hrs.
    On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to 11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to 18:00 hrs.
    From March through October: from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 to19:00 hrs.
    On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to19:00 hrs.
    Admission is 8 Euros
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.

    Address: Calle Cardenal Herrero, 1

    Phone: +34 957 47 05 12

    Website: http://www.mezquitadecordoba.org/en/history-mosque-cordoba.asp

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    Chapel near Michrab

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 23, 2016

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    Another beautiful horseshow shaped arch is situated on left hand side from Mihrab. This part of Mosque/Cathedral was built about 960 A.D. by Al Hakam II. Visigothic arch and Moorish vault make excellent architectural ensemble. Unfortunately this area has very poor illumination and condition for photo session is not ideal. There are always many people in this part of Cathedral.
    Open:
    From November through February: from Monday to Saturday, from 08:30 to18:00 hrs.
    On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to 11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to 18:00 hrs.
    From March through October: from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 to19:00 hrs.
    On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to19.00 hrs.
    Admission is 8 Euros
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.

    Address: Calle Cardenal Herrero, 1

    Phone: +34 957 47 05 12

    Website: http://www.mezquitadecordoba.org/en/history-mosque-cordoba.asp

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    Royal Chapel

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 21, 2016

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    Capilla Real or Royal Chapel is situated in South-West part of Cordoba Cathedral. This part was built in second part of X century during the reign of Al Hakam II when Cordoba was under the power of Moorish conquerors. When Cordoba was liberated from Moors by King Fernando III of Castile and Leon this part of Mosque was consecrated and converted to Roman Catholic Church. Two Kings of Castile and Leon were buried in this chapel. They were Fernando IV who died in 1312 and his son Alfonso XI who died in 1350. This chapel is excellent monument of Mozarab and Moorish architecture. People delighted with Arab architecture should understand that all those horseshoe shaped arches are neither Arabic nor Moorish. They are Visigothic and Mozarabic. Mozarabs were the Christians, mostly of Visigothic origin who were conquered by Moors but preserved their religion. Unfortunately visitors cannot get in that chapel, so I took my photos right through the arches.
    Open:
    From November through February: from Monday to Saturday, from 08:30 to18:00 hrs.
    On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to 11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to 18:00 hrs.
    From March through October: from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 to19:00 hrs.
    On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to19.00 hrs.
    Admission is 8 Euros
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.

    Address: Calle Cardenal Herrero, 1

    Phone: +34 957 47 05 12

    Website: http://www.mezquitadecordoba.org/en/history-mosque-cordoba.asp

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    Villaviciosa Chapel

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 21, 2016

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    Villaviciosa Chapel is situated in South-West part of Cordoba Cathedral. This part was built in second part of X century during the reign of Al Hakam II when Cordoba was under the power of Moorish conquerors. When Cordoba was liberated from Moors by King Fernando III of Castile and Leon this part of Mosque was consecrated and converted to Roman Catholic Church. During reconstructions of XVI-XVIII centuries a lot of absolutely unnecessary baroque and neo-classic elements were added here. Fortunately all those editions were removed during restoration in the end of XIX century.
    This chapel is excellent monument of Mozarab and Moorish architecture. People delighted with Arab architecture should understand that all those horseshoe shaped arches are neither Arabic nor Moorish. They are Visigothic and Mozarabic. Mozarabs were the Christians, mostly of Visigothic origin who were conquered by Moors but preserved their religion.
    Open:
    From November through February: from Monday to Saturday, from 08:30 to18:00 hrs.
    On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to 11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to 18:00 hrs.
    From March through October: from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 to19:00 hrs.
    On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to19.00 hrs.
    Admission is 8 Euros
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.

    Address: Calle Cardenal Herrero, 1

    Phone: +34 957 47 05 12

    Website: http://www.mezquitadecordoba.org/en/history-mosque-cordoba.asp

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    Chapel of Saint Teresa

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 21, 2016

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    Chapel of Saint Teresa was established in XVII century and occupies space where chapels of Saint Martin and Saint Andrew used to be before. Creation of this Chapel dedicated to Saint Teresa so popular in XVII century was supervised by Cardinal Bishop Salazar in second part of XVII century. So, we can see typically neo-classic architecture here. When you enter this chapel you are going to see on your right splendid sepulcher of Cardinal Bishop Salazar created by architect Francisco Hurtado Izquierdo and sculptors Teodosio Sanchez de Rueda, Domingo Lernico and Juan Prieto. On your left will be entrance to treasury and museum.
    Open:
    From November through February: from Monday to Saturday, from 08:30 to18:00 hrs.
    On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to 11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to 18:00 hrs.
    From March through October: from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 to19:00 hrs.
    On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to19.00 hrs.
    Admission is 8 Euros
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.

    Address: Calle Cardenal Herrero, 1

    Phone: +34 957 47 05 12

    Website: http://www.mezquitadecordoba.org/en/history-mosque-cordoba.asp

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    Altar del Santisimo Sacramento

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 19, 2016

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    Altar del Santisimo Sacramento or Holy sacrament is situated in South-East corner of Cathedral. It was built in second half of XVI century by architect Hernan Ruiz and decorated in baroque style. You can see fresco with scene of last Supper there and many other beautiful frescoes.
    Open:
    From November through February: from Monday to Saturday, from 08:30 to18:00 hrs.
    On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to 11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to 18:00 hrs.
    From March through October: from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 to19:00 hrs.
    On Sundays and holydays, from 08:30 to11:30 hrs. and from 15:00 to19.00 hrs.
    Admission is 8 Euros
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.

    Address: Calle Cardenal Herrero, 1

    Phone: +34 957 47 05 12

    Website: http://www.mezquitadecordoba.org/en/history-mosque-cordoba.asp

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