Monday, March 26, 2012

Cordoba

Cordoba is a fairly big city in Andalucía (more or less 330 000 inhabitants), and is the capital of the province of Cordoba. 


Spain and Spanish cities are generally harboring a lot of history and Cordoba is no exception. In ancient times it was a Roman and Iberian city, before becoming the capital of the Islamic Caliphate of Córdoba, who ruled Al-Andalus (Moorish Iberia, as mentioned here) in the middle ages, from 929-1031.

It is said that in the 10th and 11th century, Cordoba was the most populous city in the world! And was considered in this period to be the intellectual centre of Europe, a great cultural, political, financial and economic centre. 

Cordoba was known for tolerance and respect, with Jews, Christians and Muslims living side by side. The city is full of monuments and architectural gems telling the long history of the city, la Mezquita-Catedral being the number one attraction. Originally an enormous mosque (third biggest in the world), before- in 1236 when the mosque was turned back into a Christian church at the reconquista, a beautiful cathedral was built in the middle of the mosque instead of tearing it down. Yes, you read correctly, the Cathedral of Cordoba is located inside a huge mosque! 


Apart from the Mezquita, there are lots to see in Cordoba. The Jewish area (Judería) is a beautiful part of town with narrow cobbled streets running around whitewashed houses with flowerpots hanging on the walls.


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There is an alcazar (fort/castle). A bull ring, and a Museo Taurino. A roman bridge with views to the Mezquita:


...and a lot more... A beautiful city!




More about the Mezquita-Catedral soon!

6 comments:

  1. Those beautiful piccies nearly brought tears to my eyes! As you know my heart is in Egypt, but there is a BIG "but" as to living there permanently of periodically, the constant hassle in the street. Is that a problem in Spain??

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    1. Ooh what a lovely thing to say, thank youuu! I haven't been to Egypt but have heard stories and I think I would find it hard to deal with. It's not like this here at all. There is the occasional guapa-calling after you in the streets but they leave it at that. (http://www.newlifeinspain.com/2011/10/guapa.html) I have never felt hassled in the streets anywhere in any way and that is very nice!

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  2. Oh wow how gorgeous! I can't wait to visit Spain one day. It's next on our list and your travels are going to be so helpful when we do! :-)

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  3. Så utrolig vakre bilder, ennå et sted jeg fikk lyst til å besøke...
    Du skriver på en måte som er så inspirerende og jeg koser meg alltid sånn når jeg leser innleggene dine <3
    Fikk lyst til å sette meg på første fly :-)

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    1. Tusen takk for gode ord Mette!! Jeg anbefaler alle å oppleve det virkelige Spania, det så mye mer enn palmer og strender :)

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