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The Gem of Cordoba

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View of Cordoba with the Cathedral towering in the Centre. A flock of sheep in the foreground.

Among all of the Andalusian cities of Southern Spain, Cordoba is one of the multi-faceted cities as it still represent the strong influence of both the Islamic and Christian cultures and traditions. Nothing else stand out in the city but the one and only Mezquita which is now known as the Catedral de Cordoba. This site was formerly a martyr's Church of  San Vicente. Following the Islamic Invasion of Cordoba, the City was dominated by the Muslims where they destroyed the Church to build their own Mosque, the Mezquita. The Mezquita was the most important sanctuary of Western Islam during the year 785 and beyond. Then in 1236, King Ferdinand III reconquered Cordoba from the Muslims and transformed the Mezquita into a Cathedral for Christian worship. In the same building, the Spanish Reconquistas built a Cathedral over the Mosque which resulted in forever preserving the Islamic influence in the City and the whole of Spain. Visiting the Cathedral was so fascinating for me as I saw the blending of the different architectural styles of the Muslim Mosque arches and the elaborate Baroque Christian Cathedral. Even UNESCO has designated the Cathedral as one of Spain's World Heritage Sites.  The Spanish call the Cathedral of Cordoba A live witness to our history.
We crossed this Pedestrian only Puente Romano (Bridge) to reach the City of Cordoba. 
A statue of St. Michael the Archangel, stands on the Puente Romano which reminded me of the Ponte Sant' Angelo in Rome.
  The Rio Guadalquivir flows beside the City. 
Entrance to the City.
Different Architectural styles representing Muslim and Andalusian influences. 
Entrance to the Mezquita.
Intricately carved Muslim arches. When Spanish Reconquistas took over, they transformed the Mosque by adding Christian Icons like the Holy Cross. 
A statue of St. Michael the Archangel amongst the Mosque architecture.
Here is the blending of the Muslim Mosque arches and the Christian Cathedral architecture. 
Inside the Cathedral are Christian paintings and more grand Christian icons. 


The Cathedral was consecrated as the mother church of the Diocese in the year 1236. Since then, the Cathedral is still a place of worship for Roman Catholics. Holy Mass and other religious ceremonies are still celebrated in the Cathedral.
In Cordoba, the Muslims, the Catholics and the Jewish religions are represented. All of these religions, their history, traditions and treasures are the Gems of Cordoba.
Outside of Cordoba,  a view of the natural wonder of Andalusia. Both the Cathedral and the beautiful nature outside of Cordoba show the Glory of God.


Have a wonderful weekend everyone! Stay warm.


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21 comments

  1. Thanks for showing your lovely photos of Cordoba - a place I visited many, many, years ago, but the image of which I still retain in my memory. On first entering the Mezquita it takes your breath away being confronted by those wonderful terracotta and cream Muslim arches.

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    1. Rosemary,it was a wonder entering the place then discovering the mosques then the Cathedral. Thank God they preserved both Architectural styles in one Building. It's really beautiful.

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    1. Francesca, Cordoba is a fascinating city to visit. I hope you can visit some day.

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  3. The Cathedral is beautiful. I am very fascinated by the exclusive world's hidden spots (or not-so-popular locations) that you talk about on your blog. Happy Weekend!

    LA By Diana Live Magazine

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    1. Thank you Diana. I'm always excited to share these fascinating places in my blog. There are still many beautiful places to explore in our World.

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  4. I'd love to use this backdrop for a photoshoot. So rustic!

    oxoxoxo from San Francisco
    Amy
    http://bridechic.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Amy, sure, just let me know which picture you would like to use? Thanks.

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  5. Hi, Pamela - Enjoyed this tour of beautiful Cordoba! Wonderful photos!! The architecture is just amazing and so ancient. I love Islamic architecture and gardens. Did you visit any Islamic gardens there?
    Cheers!
    L

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    1. I highly admired the Islamic architecture here in Cordoba without even going to the Middle East. No, we were not able to visit any Islamic gardens there. I haven't explored Islamic gardens yet. Maybe one day.

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    2. Neither have I. Only admired them through photographs. I have visited Morocco, and toured Yves Saint Laurent's garden in Marrakesh.

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  6. So great pictures, especially the second and the last!

    -Katherine
    highheeledconfusion.blogspot.com

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  7. Hi Pamela! With your posts, you are making me want to travel to Spain soon:) Cordoba must be another great city to visit, nice photos, the Bridge is so gorgeous! Kisses dear and happy weekend! xo

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    1. I hope you will visit Cordoba and Spain soon. I would enjoy reading about it on your Blog. Happy weekend too.

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  8. Interesting place, especially great that they have different style architecture!
    Thanks for shearing these pictures!
    Have a nice weekend, dear Pamela!

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed reading about Cordoba. Thank you Viktoriya. Happy weekend.

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  9. So beautiful to have all these different religions represented in the beautiful countryside

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    1. Connie, it was fascinating and so peaceful to have all of these religions in one place. But the Muslims and Reconquistas fought battles to reach the peace and unity that Spain have now.

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  10. I love the Moorish style! I also traveled to Andalusia, it was a memorable trip!
    Diana

    double-ganger.blogspot.com

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  11. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog Pamela ! Following you back with pleasure !
    Great post of one of the most beautiful cities of my country ! Thank you so much for sharing !

    XX Luba
    Well Living BLog goes shopping to #Ljubljana

    http://www.well-living-blog.com

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