La Mezquita

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  • Day12

    Córdoba - Mezquita

    June 16 in Spain

    The Mezquita is a former mosque and now a cathedral located in Cordoba. It is really huge and was great to see.

    Die Mezquita ist eine ehemalige Moschee und mittlerweile eine katholische Kathedrale. Die Kathedrale ist wirklich riesig!

    Normalerweise kostet der Eintritt 10 Euro pro Person doch zum Glück haben wir durch unseren Hotelier erfahren, dass der Eintritt früh morgens vor der offiziellen Öffnung umsonst ist. 20 Euro gespart und noch keine Touristenmassen in der Kathedrale.✌👍Read more

  • Day161

    Cordoba, Andalucia

    November 13, 2017 in Spain

    Cordoba province is a largely rural area renowned for its olive, wine and the historic Roman-founded city of Cordoba itself. So it was no surprise on our journey there to pass by acres and acres of vines, which then gave way to olive trees as far as the eye could see in all directions. However, the city itself was the reason for our visit and one building in particular; the Mezquita, one of the world's greatest Islamic buildings and a symbol of sophisticated Islamic culture that flourished here more than a millennium ago when Cordoba was the capital of Islamic Spain, and Western Europe's biggest and most cultured city.

    Evidence of Cordoba's Roman origins can still be seen today in the bridge crossing the Guadalquivir river and a temple, but nearly everything else is buried 1-2 metres below the ground. However, the city really took centre stage when Abd ar-Rahman I set himself up here as emir of the Muslim- controlled parts of the Iberian peninsula. He founded the Mezquita in 785. By 929, the city was the largest in Europe with a successful economy based on agriculture and skilled artisan products. It was also known as the 'city of three cultures' where Muslims, Jews and Christians coexisted peacefully and enriched the city with their different cultures until around 1008 when a ruthless general took the reins of power from the caliphs. Anarchy and uprisings followed until Cordoba was no more than a minor part of Seville.

    The story of the Mezquita starts with Abd ar-Rahman I purchasing half of the church of San Vicente for the Muslim community's Friday prayers. Then he bought the other half and erected a mosque. Further extensions nearly quadrupled its size and then a 16th century cathedral was built right in the middle!

    The entrance is formed by a courtyard of orange, palm and cypress trees and fountains. It was originally the site of ritual ablutions before entering the mosque for prayer. The Mezquita itself was a revolutionary building for its time, designed with lots of open space so that the spirit could roam freely and communicate with God easily during prayer. The prayer hall was divided into 11 'naves' by lines of red brick and white stone striped arches, representing a forest of date palms which rested on 1293 columns, of which 856 still remain. Further additions include the building of an intricately decorated area where the caliphs and courtiers would pray and a golden portal. Even today it is beautiful so it must have been stunning at the time.

    Following the Christian conquest of Cordoba in 1236, the Mezquita was used as a cathedral and remained largely unaltered for almost three centuries until King Carlos I gave permission, in the 16th century, for the centre to be striped out in order to construct the main alter area and choir, which today features jasper and red marble for the alter and fine mahogany stalls for the choir.

    It is impossible here to describe fully what a unique and beautiful place this is. You shall have to see it for yourself.
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  • Day12

    Today we saw one of the most fascinating places we have ever seen, the Mezquita. It is a well-preserved mosque that dates from A.D. 784 and was once the centre of Islam. You enter a dark area of more than 800 columns, built from marble, granite and alabaster recycled from ancient Roman ruins and churches, topped with red and white stone arches. The Mihrab is the mosque equivalent of a church’s high alter and was built in the mid-10th century of multicoloured glass and enamel mosaics. In 1236 a Spanish King conquered the city and 300 years later Cordoba’s bishop proposed building this grand church in the Mezquita’s centre. 70% of the mosque remains. At the back of the altar there is a blend of Christian and Islamic architecture that is found nowhere else in the world. We spent about 2 hours here and were awestruck.

    We meandered through the narrow streets and found this area of the old town to be way too touristy, filled with tacky souvenir shops. We did manage to find a popular tapas restaurant to have a break and ponder what we had just seen in the Mezquita.

    Too tired to find our way to a restaurant for dinner, we decided to go to a nearby supermarket to buy food for a light dinner in our room. I knew the store would be closing within 15 minutes so on our way there I gave John the directions then ran ahead to get there on time. Someone didn’t listen and ended up in a patio bar having a beer, supposedly waiting for me, but in the wrong place! I returned to the hotel on my own when I couldn’t find him. I was going to send out a search party if he didn’t return by midnight but he showed up within the hour.
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  • Day2

    Patio de los Naranjos

    October 24, 2015 in Spain

    Und damit natürlich direkt in den Innenhof bzw. in die Warteschlange zur Mezquita... :-)

    Schon die Warteschlange zum Ticketkauf inmitten des Orangenhofes bietet wunderschöne Ausblicke. Als Moschee zwischen den Jahren 784 und 988 erbaut und mit einer Fläche von 23000 Quadratmetern ist die Mezquita eine der größten Sakralbauten der Erde.

  • Day2


    October 24, 2015 in Spain

    Beeindruckend ist das Innere, die Gebetshalle. Die Hufeisenbögen ruhen auf 856 Säulen, die größtenteils aus der Römerzeit recycelt wurden. 1236 nach der Rückeroberung von Cordoba durch die Spanier wurde die Moschee zunächst in eine Kirche umgeweiht und das Minarett mit einem Kreuz versehen. Die Veränderungen waren erst nur moderat. Erst Karl V. genehmigte den Einbau eines gotischen Kirchenschiffs in die ehemalige Moschee. Nach dem Umbau soll Karl V. gesagt haben: "Ich wusste nicht, um was es sich hier handelte. Denn wenn ich es gewusst hätte, hätte ich nicht erlaubt, dass man Hand an das alte Gebäude legt."
    Dabei sind es gerade die maurischen Elemente, welche die Mezquita so einzigartig machen. Die Kathedrale der Empfängnis unserer lieben Frau, wie die Kirche offiziell heißt, in der ehemaligen Moschee ist aber zweifellos ein baulicher Frevel.
    Den Mihrab, die prächtige Gebetsnische der ehemaligen Moschee, hat man in ihrer ursprünglichen Form unversehrt gelassen.
    Und so gespalten wie wir seinerzeit in der Hagia Sofia in Istanbul waren, so spaltet uns auch die Mezquita. Die Bestrebungen aus der Kathedrale wieder ein interreligiöses Gotteshaus zu machen, wurden vom Bischof von Cordoba abgelehnt.
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  • Day2

    Mezquita, Patio et Pedro

    June 9, 2016 in Spain

    Ce matin on s'est levé tôt pour aller visiter la Mezquita la mosquée-cathédrale de Cordoue. Le style est baroque pour le coeur chrétien et pour la partie musulman dont seul les portes sont visibles au public. Plus de 800 colonnes supportent l'édifice.
    Nous partons ensuite en bus électrique vers le palais des Vainia pour profiter des patios frais et très très fleuri. Petit détour dans la rue Pedro Jiménez la rue la plus petite d'espagneRead more

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