Cordoba’s Mosque

Cordoba mesquita aka mosque.  Look at you learn Spanish!

Cordoba mesquita aka mosque. Look at you learn Spanish!

On Wednesday we took a 45 minute high speed train ride to the city of Cordoba. Our first stop was the awe inspiring Mezquita. The mosque dates back 12 centuries, building started in 785 and major additions were done in the 10th century. Then the Christians came, destroyed part of the mosque and plunked a cathederal down in the center.

Arches and columns.

Arches and columns.

It was all truly amazing to see and the scale was very impressive, from the dozens and dozens of arches, the mihrab, the plasterwork of the cathedral & organ/ choir.

Lots of aches and columns.  Nice to get the pictures without all the tour group peeps in the way.  Damn French.

Lots of aches and columns. Nice to get the pictures without all the tour group peeps in the way. Damn French.

I will let the pictures speak for themselves, K took some really great shots. After touring the Mezquita we signed up to climb the 305 foot bell tower (originally a minaret).

The Christian cathedral retrofit portion.

The Christian cathedral retrofit portion.

Then we popped out for a bite to eat while we waited for out time. We sat out under umbrellas and had a nice hamon sandwich lunch with gelato afterward. Then it was time to climb the tower!

From the minruette / belltower looking back to the mosque.

From the minruette / belltower looking back to the mosque.

The tower had 3 levels, affording a nice view and break from climbing all the stairs at once. Senorita K enjoyed the views but was staired out for the rest of the day. We had a guide lead us up the stairs but his only commentary was ‘Do not touch the bells!!!’.

An artistic mix of Christian stained glass throwing a rainbow of colors onto Moorish arches.

An artistic mix of Christian stained glass throwing a rainbow of colors onto Moorish arches.

K again got some really nice shots of the town and the top of the Mezquita. We also spotted our next stop a few roof tops away, the Alcazar Des Los Reyes Cristiano’s. More on that in the next post.