Cordoba, Spain

By August 18, 2016Travel

Cordoba is deemed the hottest city in Spain, and I can understand why. I splashed water on my legs and minutes later, it had all evaporated. I went with my dad’s cousin, Ilsabe. We took the “fast” train, a very smooth and very quick ride. Our first and main attraction was the “Mosque-Cathedral”.

It was built by the Christians in mid-6th century, to be used as the Visigoth Basilica of San Vicente.  The muslims arrived in the earth 8th century and the mosque part started to be built and expanded in 786. Then in 1236, was taken back by the christians, but still able to be used by the muslim faith. It is one of the biggest cathedrals I have seen and the most unique one because it is used by 2 separate faiths. You have the traditional crosses and Jesus murals of the Catholic Church, but you also have a vast corridor for praying and Islamic writings on one of the walls.

One of the paintings from the mosque-cathedral. If you look closely you can see that the painting has some 3-d sculpture elements in it.

One of the paintings from the mosque-cathedral. If you look closely you can see that the painting has some 3-d sculpture elements in it.

There was also the “Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs,” meaning a Spanish palace or fortress of Moorish origin.It had beautiful gardens that smelt of fresh flowers and fresh water. The tower area provided a nice view of Cordoba. It also has a lot of mosaic works of art, some spanning an entire walls worth.

Up on the tower.

Up on the tower.

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Also up on the tower.

Since Cordoba is so hot, they built the city to create as much shade as possible. The streets and sidewalks between buildings are narrow and that helps create maximum shade. The walls of all the buildings are all white as well, which absorbs less heat and combined the walkways can be a free degrees cooler, crucial for this summer sun.

There is a large dove population in Córdoba, partially due to the many large bird houses situated in a main park. These are the size of a backyard shed and allow birds to nest and congregate all around the park.

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To the right of me you can catch a glimpse of the large bird houses.

About Mary

Studying on Exchange in Milan, Italy. Been to 9 countries and counting. Follow me as I dive deeper into new cultures and venture throughout the world.

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