Cordoba Mosque - Mezquita
The architecture of the Cordoba Mosque tells the history of a unique and fascinating era. The mosque was built from the year 780, on the site of the Visigothic church of St-Vincent, and successively extended by the addition of new naves until 987 when it achieved its current dimensions. After the catholic reconquest, with the newly regained power in C├│rdoba, the Christians built a Gothic cathedral in the heart of the mosque. In 1984 it was declared World Heritage by UNESCO.
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The Cordoba mosque is without doubt a masterpiece of Muslim art.
First you will access the Orange Tree Courtyards with its fountains of the era and others in the Mudejar style and the Al-Mansour reservoir from the 10C.
Inside you will dive into a forest of columns and double arches where shadow and light play. You will visit in particular the extension by Al-Hakam II. Admire the pure wonder that is the mihrab, the superb dome which comes before the three domes of the ┬źmaksourah┬╗.
Outside, notice the minaret by Abd-er-Rahman III which was surrounded by a Baroque tower towards the end of the 16C, the attractive Pardoners gate and, in the north wall the station that contains the Virgin with lanterns, which is a copy of a work by Julio Romero de Torres.
As for the Christian constructions, having visited the Royal Chapel of Alfonso X, admire the two pulpits by Michel de Verdiguier in the cathedral, the spectacular coro, and the superb Baroque choir stalls by Pedro Duque Cornejo. Not forgetting a monumental altar curtain of the 16C by Enrique Arfe and a splendid Baroque Christ in marble in the Cardinal's chapel.