23 November 2019

My Fourth Visit to Spain: Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba

There were plenty of things I wanted to see in Granada, but alas we didn't have all the time we needed. We needed to move on, so we headed to the bus station and took a bus to Cordoba. And after a couple of hours, we arrived. Cordoba is famous for the Mezquita-Catedral, which is the first thing we checked out after arriving.

The Mezquita-Catedral is a cathedral, that used to be a mosque, which was before a small church, and is a great example of Moorish architecture. So the building shows elements of both religions.

The facade features several interesting and intricate doors, as well as a tower. The photos above show you this detail.

This building is most famous for the pillars that are found inside. The prayer hall features multitudes of Moorish columns, which are 856 in total. Even though there are plenty of visitors, the place makes it feel like you're alone there, and it never felt crowded.

Because the building functioned as a mosque back in the days, there are Islamic elements in the building, like a mihrab. The building layout dates back from the way mosques were designed during the early days of Islam.

This building definitely reminds me of my visit to Morocco, but as I have been remarking already, southern Spain feels like a cleaner version of Morocco. So if you like to see Moorish architecture but isn't ready for Morocco yet, then check out southern Spain first.

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