|Spectacular Spain - Cordoba|
After last night's flamenco dance demonstration and diner, we took the coach from Sevilla to Cordoba. Sharlene and I, with the rest of the group walked through the Great Mezquita de Cordova or the Great Mosque of Cordoba
The Mezquita dates back to the 10th century when Córdoba reached its splendor in Islamic history. At that time Córdoba was the largest, most prosperous city of Europe, out shining Byzantium and Baghdad in science, culture and the arts. The development of the Great Mosque paralleled these new heights of splendor..
The Mosque sits on the grounds that have been sacred for centuries. The columns are from an ancient Roman temple and the arches are built of alternating red brick and stone and create an amazing visual effect.
When the city was re-conquered in 1236 the Christians were going to tear down the mosque, as they had done to so many others, but left it because of its magnificent beauty. In 1523 the church built a Christian Cathedral inside the mosque. It creates very contrasting religious architectural style.
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