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Cordoba, Spain - attractions, pictures

 

Cordoba is considered the hottest place in Spain. The city is divided by the Guadalquivir into the old and new part.

 

 Cordoba

Cordoba

 

Sightseeing, as in most old cities of Andalusia - medieval Moorish buildings, later rebuilt or abandoned in its original form. Cordoba for a long time was the capital of the Cordoba Caliphate - a state that during the heyday occupied almost the entire peninsula.
The old city starts from the "Roman" bridge, in which, naturally, the Romans have nothing left - it has been rebuilt many times.

 

 Cordoba Roman Bridge
Roman Bridge

The river is a wide channel filled with shallow yellow water." It must be assumed that in seasons more rich in moisture, the river looks more impressive, especially as the stream is quite strong.


In Cordoba, the Arabs built one of the largest mosques in the world.

 

 Cordoba The Mezquita Cathedral Mosque

The Mezquita Cathedral Mosque
Mezquita (VII-X century)

 

The Mosque of Cordoba Mezquita is so huge that to complete the work, apparently corny did not have enough money - interior decoration, made in a single style, near the entrance consists of bricks of different colors, and near the exit is just a painted stone.
In general, this coloring of interior decoration of the mosque was limited.

 

 Cordoba The Mezquita Cathedral Mosque

 The Mezquita Cathedral Mosque
Mezquita (VII-X century)

 

The Christian kings who conquered the city in 1236, failed to transform the entire territory of the mosque too. Restricted by the device of the side niches and the inner church in the very middle of the room. But, the truth, everything is very rich, in precious metals, carving and black stone. Given that the American silver was not yet received, because of the non-opening of America, the Castilian taxpayers had to tighten their belts. :)

 

 Cordoba Chapel

 Chapel (XIV century)

 

From the mosque there are old streets.
Tourists are led to look at the Flower's street, which is an unremarkable narrow dead end. Such streets with white houses and flowers, in any ancient Andalusian city there are many.
They are led to the synagogue, the oldest surviving in Andalusia.

 

 Cordoba Synagogue

Synagogue (XIV century)

 

Honestly, there was only a part of the ornament on the walls, and the building itself does not stand out, and the building is very small.

 

 Cordoba Wall of the Old City

 Wall of the Old City

 

The old town is surrounded by an almost completely preserved wall, under which are broken gardens and traditional Arab fountains in the form of cascading reservoirs.

 

 Cordoba Alcazar

 Alcazar (XII-XV century)

 

The second main attraction - the Alcazar is outside the city walls, because itself, in fact, a fortress. This residence of the Castilian kings was rebuilt from the palace of the Cordoba Caliph, but in the same special Moorish style, which is so common in the old cities of Andalusia.

 

 Cordoba Alcazar

 Alcazar (XII-XV century)

 

The official name of the palace is the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, because their most Christian majesties, Ferdinand and Isabel, lived here for 10 years, developing plans to conquer the last Moorish stronghold in Spain - Granada.

 

 Cordoba Alcazar

Alcazar (XII-XV century)

 

The entrance is not free, but you need to visit the Alcázar.


In general, the city is interesting and certainly deserves a visit.

 

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