Tourist attractions in Cordoba
The mosque is not only a pastoral symbol for worshippers 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, initiated 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:
The inside of this Mosque kept the first Islamic influence, inspired by the Mosque of Damascus and combines Roman Hispanic art, overlapping arches alternating with red bricks and stones, and materials used by artists with beautiful Byzantine mosaics.
The Mosque of Cordoba has two distinct areas: the patio/portico sahn where the minaret is (under the Renaissance tower), which was Abd al-Rahman III’s only invention, and the prayer room/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 the San Rafael Archangel Guardian of Cordoba. This tower is attached to the Forgiveness Gate - the main entrance to the site.
Unlike any monument in the world, you can find a peculiar detail in every area of the mosque-cathedral with each door named. Due to the various cultures that have shaped it over the centuries from the Middle Ages to today, it is definitely unique and special place.
The choir is covered by a dome inspired by the Sixteenth Chapel, in which the choir chairs stand out - made out of mahogany with different themes craved and sculpted into them.
There is something special when crossing the courtyard with all its aromas and 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 of 850 granite columns, marble and jasper with red and white arches. This sea of beautiful columns with the lighting makes the sights spectacular.