Protected by Unesco, the Mezquita or Great Mosque has had a long and interesting life.
In 756 the Caliph of Damascus set up court and started building. He built the Great Mosque on the site of a Roman Temple which had been converted into a church by the Visigoths. But alas the only reminder of the Caliph after the end of a civil war in 1031 was his Mosque.
In 1236 the city was captured by Ferdinand III and the Mosque had it’s fourth reincarnation when a cathedral was built within it. Imagine how big a mosque it is to incorporate a cathedral within.
How wonderful that this temple/church/mosque/cathedral is still around today for all to see.
By dusk the heat of the day is dissipating and thoughts turn to socializing, and what better place to prop yourself and relive the highlights of the beautiful historic centre of Cordoba, than against the walls of the Great Mosque, The Mezquita.
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