Heading to Spain this summer, and looking to discover the cultural attractions in Cordoba, Spain? This article will give you a rundown of what to expect from its foremost points of interest. Check’em out below…
1) Mosque of Cordoba
Though it is presently a cathedral operating under the name Our Lady of the Assumption, the Mosque of Cordoba was the former name of this city’s most impressive structure.
After the success of the Reconquista in the 13th century, the structure was converted into a Catholic church, a denomination that it has remained loyal to ever since.
Though the altars and Christian iconography found here is very beautiful in its construction, the bones of this dazzling structure are irrevocably Moorish in their design, as you will note from the columns.
2) Alcazar de los Reyes
Serving as the palace from which the Caliphate of Cordoba ruled until the Spanish led Crusade wrested control from the Moors, Alcazar de los Reyes is a sight of splendor that reveals the breathtaking eye for design that the leaders of this civilization had back in medieval times.
Gardens, courtyards and reflecting pools are all highlights of this amazing structure … the only regret you’ll have is the fact that you can’t somehow make a deal for this choice pad (even if you had the money, the Alcazar de los Reyes is not for sale … sorry).
3) Roman Temple of Cordoba
Before the age of the Moors, the land upon which Cordoba is built was part of the territory of the Romans, widely considered to be one of the greatest empires to ever exist on the face of the Earth.
Discovered in the 1950’s during an expansion of Cordoba’s city hall, the remaining columns that marked where a Roman temple once stood were unearthed.
Dedicated to an Imperial cult, this religious structure was proof that this civilization was a bold one, spreading its influence and traditions far from the heart of its empire.
4) Calahorra Tower
If you have time, be sure to check out the Calahorra Tower before heading off to other parts of Spain. One of the last remaining gates that bound together a city wall that protected the settlement during the Moorish era, it also saw use over the years as a girls school and a prison.
Today, it is a museum which details a time when Cordoba experienced a peace where Muslims, Christians and Jews co-existed alongside in peace in this corner of Spain.