Undoubtedly, the most famous monument in Cordoba is the beautiful Mezquita, the mosque-turned cathedral in the heart of the historic centre. I was really fascinated with the beautiful architecture and history of this place. It was originally built as a mosque during Muslim rule, but following the Christian reconquest of Spain, the mosque was reformed and centuries later, they destroyed a section of the mosque and built a cathedral in the heart of it. Walking inside the building, the architectural shift is jarring. Our guide told us that while some argue that the construction of the cathedral was detrimental as it destroyed such a unique monument (there were originally 1,293 double-arched horseshoe columns but only 856 remain), others thought it may have been what preserved this mosque as it is the only remaining one of its kind in Cordoba (there were over 300 mosques in the city during Muslim rule). It was interesting to consider both perspectives.
More walking and wandering. I fell in love with beautiful Spanish ceramics here. I wish I had the luggage space to bring them all home.
We only spent an afternoon in Cordoba, but I'm glad we made the stop to see and learn the rich history of the city. The Mezquita seriously took my breath away. Next stop, Seville! I'll be back next week with lots of photos from the next leg of our trip :) Happy Tuesday!