C贸rdoba, Spain 馃嚜馃嚫 2019

Date: 29th September 2019

Travelled: 180 kms from Ronda to C贸rdoba both in the Region of Andaluc铆a

Visited: C贸rdoba

Stayed: C贸rdoba municipal aire, with services, N37.87407, W04.78792

Budget: 113 days @ 鈧74 per day

We service the Hymer, say goodbye to our neighbours and roll out of Ronda heading north-east into a series of low hills. The further we drive the more olive plantations we see. It鈥檚 soon obvious we are travelling through olive country.

Being Sunday there is little traffic and we make good time.

A few road photos on our way to C贸rdoba.

Center map

Map of C贸rdoba, the icon on our parking spot

We stop for a late breakfast and coffee under some shade arriving in C贸rdoba about 3 hours later. The car-park has some shade but there is little relief from the mid-thirties afternoon heat. We manage a rest before heading out to explore C贸rdoba in the late afternoon.

C贸rdoba is now a provincial city, but it was once the capital of Roman Spain and for 3 centuries the heart of the western Islamic empire. C贸rdoba鈥檚 main attraction is La Mezquita.

We enter the old city via a much restored 14th century gate. You can zoom in and read about it in the picture below.

We walk sections of the old wall which reminds us of Marrakesh.

The Puente Romano

We find La Mezquita easily enough and check out the cost of entry and times for tomorrow. Once an Islamic Mosque and later a Christian Cathedral, La Mezquita has some interesting doorways.

A little bit of tat can make a nice photo.

Pam is still being careful of what she eats, so we have dinner in the Hymer. We spend a rather warm and uncomfortable night despite it being almost the end of September.

It鈥檚 still warm in the morning when we walk uptown to do some exploring.

The Plaza de Las Tendillas

After some fuss we top up our Orange data sim (the main reason we walk up town) and make our way back to the Mezquita.

We arrive at the Mezquita only 30 minutes after opening and it鈥檚 already teeming with people. We queue for 20 minutes for a ticket (鈧10+鈧4 pp for the audio tour), then go inside.

The Mosque-Cathedral of C贸rdoba started as a mosque in 788. It was built by Abd al-Rahman I. It was extended in 848 by Abd al-Rahman II who added another 8 naves. A new minaret was added in 951 by Abd al-Rahman III. A second much larger extension was completed in 991 by Almanzor, hajib of the caliph Hisham II. In other words the Moorish dynasty threw a lot of money and resources at the mosque for 250 years.

The Caliphate of Cordoba collapses in 1031 and the rot sets in. With the Spanish conquest of C贸rdoba the mosque is consecrated as a Catholic Church in 1236. During the 15th century the Bishops get to work building a Cathedral within the structure of the mosque. Other than the conversion of the minaret into a bell tower (16th century). Must have been one hell of a job for the roofing plumber, but as it rarely rains in C贸rdoba maybe it wasn鈥檛 such a big deal.

Thanks to Google Images for this photo that more accurately shows the Cathedral within the Mosque complex.

Interesting !

The ceiling of the Mihrab.

Crossing into the Cathedral, the arches from the mosque remain in place but the adornments are very catholic.

The high altar.

Two hours later, somewhat stunned by the experience we find our way out. The afternoon sun hot and finding some shade a priority. A last photo of the belfry as we walk out.

With another hot afternoon and evening predicted for C贸rdoba we return to the Hymer for a very late lunch before packing up to depart. We service the Hymer, pay the exorbitant parking fee and make for the freeway. Better to be driving in the afternoon heat that sitting in it. So that was C贸rdoba and its fabulous Mezquita…

Michael and Pam

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