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Cordoba

Tourist attractions in Cordoba

The mosque is not only a pastoral symbol for faithful’s, but is also a witness of thousands of years of fascinating history, this is why the Cordoba Mosque was named a Unesco World heritage building in 1984.  

This mosque is a grandiose and fascinating part of the Muslim art, started by the Caliph Abderraman I, that resumes in its history the evolution of the Omeya style in Spain, on top of the gothic, renaissance and baroque style of the Christian construction, since it the X century, it was the San Vicente basilica. After the “Reconquista”, the Christians put their “Gothic Cathedral” in the heart of the transept.    

The Cathedral was built in the XVI century after Carlos V authorized the construction in the inside of the Mosque, respecting the extension of Alhaken II starting with two centuries of architectural evolution with a Latin-cross layout with Gothic vault, baroque and renaissance dome. If you want more information about the Cordoba Mosque you should take a look at this website:

This Mosque, in its interior, kept the first Islamic influence inspired the Mosque of Damascus, combined with the Roman Hispanic art and overlapping arches alternating with red bricks and stones, or materials used by artists with beautiful Byzantine mosaics.

The Mosque of Cordoba has two distinct areas, the patio or portico sahn where the minaret is (under the Renaissance tower), which was Abd al-Rahman III’s only invention, and the prayer room or haram. The interior space is disposed on an assembly of columns and bicolour arcades of great chromatic effect. There are five areas in which the building is divided, each corresponding to different extensions.

The current tower covers the minaret crowned by a statue of San Rafael Archangel Guardian of the city. This tower is attached to the Forgiveness Gate is the main entrance to the site.

Unlike any monument in the world, in every area of the mosque-cathedral, you can find a peculiar detail, each door with its name and maybe, because of the various cultures that have transformed them over the centuries from the middle Ages to today, it is definitely unique and very special.

The choir is covered by a dome inspired in the Sixteenth Chapel, in which the choir chairs stand out, made out of mahogany, with different themes craved and sculpted into them. 

Also beautiful in its exterior, there is something special when crossing the courtyard with all its aromas and its orange trees, where great philosophers have taught their classes.

Upon returning into the Cordoba Mosque through the Palmas door, the natural lighting and colors are spectacular, a forest de 850 granite columns, marble and jasper with red and white arches. This sea of beautiful columns with the lighting make the sights spectacular.  

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