Cordoba again

For anyone who has been reading our blog for awhile, you might remember that we visited Cordoba, Argentina last year.  A year later, we found our way to Cordoba, Spain.  Cordoba was one of the great Muslim cities in Spain, and still has an interesting mix of things to see.  After we arrived, we went to see the Mesquita, or mosque.  It was one of the great mosques of the world, but after the Catholic king and queen reconquered Spain the mosque was converted into a church.  It is fascinating inside – it still looks like a mosque except that in the middle there has been a chapel area walled off.  It is huge – we spent ages exploring here.

 

Still looking very mosque like
Still looking very mosque like

 

The chapel within the mosque
The chapel within the mosque

 

Detailing inside

 

Entrance to the church

 

After the Mesquita, we walked over the Roman bridge, then back to see the Alcazar of the Christian kings (pictured above).  This had a beautiful garden – despite the rain we had fun playing here .

The Roman bridge
The Roman bridge

 

 

Looking over the Alcazar
Looking over the Alcazar

 

Leaping in the gardens
Leaping in the gardens

 

Sheltering from the rain
Sheltering from the rain

 

Our next stop was the synagogue, one of only a few Jewish synagogues still in use in Spain.  We finished with a dinner of shared tapas – a good budget option and way to try lots of different foods!

 

In the synagogue
In the synagogue

 

 

On our second day we took a bus to the Medina Azahara ruins.  The ruins are the site of a former Muslim palace that is less than 10km from Cordoba.  We were disappointed that the main hall was closed for renovations, but still enjoyed walking through the ruins seeing former houses, beautiful arches and where the mosque had been.  There weren’t many people around, so it was very peaceful wandering here.

Looking over the site
Looking over the site

 

 

The entrance way
The entrance way

 

Beautiful!
Beautiful!

 

Amazing arches
Amazing arches

 

After a picnic lunch we checked out the excellent museum before returning to Cordoba where we tried the local specialities of Salmorejo (cold tomato soup) and patata tortilla (a potato omelet).  We then took a train to Seville to experience Semana Santa (next post).

 

Trying the local specialties!
Trying the local specialities!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Lynette Olson says:

    Amazing ruins. Those arches are quite spectacular.

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  2. Mum Bunn says:

    The Mesquita is amazing, isn’t it — so enormous. I notice that the synagogue looks a bit mosque-like too! Sorry that the rain affected your visit to the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos… I can see you tried hard to enjoy it despite the weather. Lachlan and I visited on a sunny autumn day and the fountains were so refreshing.

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