Thanks for stopping by. Still soaking up the Spanish flavours here. What a spectacular jewel we found hidden behind a wall here in the Jewish quarter, right next to the hotel! The Mezquita.
Had no idea what was ahead when we paid our 8 Euros to get in beyond the gardens.
Apparently, there are nearly a thousand of these pillars within the construction, which is a mosque.
You have to stand in it to feel the vastness of it.
And then, as if that wasn't overwhelmingly beautiful enough, the Christians came along and decided to build a Cathedral right in the middle of it!
So you have this mix of Christian and Muslim all under one roof....Christ and Allah were worshipped under the same roof. Imagine that.
Children were having choir practice bang in the centre. Their young voices echoed all through the halls, bouncing off the pillars and statues.
We got to listen to Ave Maria. It was extremely moving, and many people got very emotional and tearful.
Next we climbed to the top of the Alcazar next door, and looked out over the Turkish baths, carp pools, the gardens and orange groves. What a place!
It's a different world, a million miles from England, and TV and stamps and stencils.
Stained glass windows everywhere!
Makes you realise how much is out there, beyond that which we do on a daily basis. This is certainly not the Costa del Sol Spain, with Watneys Red Barrel and Guiness pubs on every corner! Oh no! This is authentic. It feels real. The locals are very friendly, mostly speak English, the tourist Hop On and Off Bus Tours are well worth doing, so you get your bearings,
but Córdoba is definitively Español. A magical place.
What a city. If you were thinking of exploring Granada and Córdoba, you won't be disappointed.
Much love Barb xxx