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La Mezquita

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    • Day 6

      Mezquita-Catedral de Cordoba

      June 1, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

      Die Moschee-Kathedrale von Córdoba gehört zurecht zu den eindrucksvollsten Bauwerken in Spanien. Imposanter geht kaum. 23.000 m² Fläche! Unfassbar!
      Tipp: gleich morgens um 10 Uhr hin gehen, dann hat man die Moschee für ein paar Minuten in völliger Ruhe🥰. Allerdings ist die so groß, dass man auch, wenn sie voll ist nicht das Gefühl hat, dass es voll ist. Dennoch für Fotos ist es morgens um 10 Uhr super!Read more

    • Day 3

      Córdoba Tag 1

      September 25, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

      Córdoba ist eine Stadt in der südspanischen Region Andalusien und die Hauptstadt der Provinz Córdoba. Sie war einst eine wichtige römische Stadt und ein bedeutendes Zentrum des Islams im Mittelalter. Das berühmteste Bauwerk der Stadt ist die Mezquita, eine riesige Moschee von 784 mit einer Säulenhalle und Mosaiken aus byzantinischer Zeit. Die Moschee wurde 1236 in eine katholische Kirche umgewandelt, im 17. Jh. wurde ein Kirchenschiff im Renaissance-Stil hinzugefügt.
      Die Mezquita besuchen wir dann Morgen :-)
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    • Day 49

      Córdoba: arches, culture & patios

      May 12, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

      As an admirer of Islamic architecture and having an interest in the historical confluence / mutual influence of religions, Córdoba is a city we can not give a miss on our trip. Córdoba has such a rich and long history, my imagination goes wild just by walking through the historical centre. The most populair sight in the city is also the best example of historical, cultural and religious dynamics in this area: the Mezquita.

      Civilisation in the region of Córdoba goes a long time back, when about 44.000 years ago the Neanderthals lived here. The Romans came to the city in 206 and gave Córdoba its current known name. In the eight century it was conquered by the Moors who made it the capital city of the Umayyad Caliphate. During this time the city was extremely sophisticated especially compared to the rest of Europe living their dark ages. Cordoba was world leading in education and learning, tolerant of religions, a centre of artistic expressions and was dedicated to science and philosophy. By the tenth century Cordoba was probably the largest city in the world! In this enlightened period the Moors built a giant mosque: the Mezquita. It was supposedly built on the location that was a Roman temple before, and has actual recycled Roman columns as part of its current architecture. The design and size of the mosque was a display of the sophistication that characterised the city at the time. Later, in the 12th century, the christians seized power. They kept the mosque turned it into a cathedral, eventually building a large altar and chapels inside of the existing structure. When we visit the mosque / cathedral today, this mix of influences and religions is still clearly visible. In real life we are dazzled by the actual size of the place - it’s really very large - and we happily get lost between the maze of arches and pillars. At one archway we’re admiring Arabic and Islamic decorations and at the next corner we enter a massive church altar. It’s astonishing.

      After spending some hours at the Mezquita we continue to explore the rest of Córdoba. We try a bit of tapas, we visit some other historical places, and… we are lucky once more to time our visit right: we celebrate a local festival! This time the festival’s name is “Festival de los Patios”. It’s a bit funny to us to organise a whole festival around little city gardens, but it’s a big thing here since 1929(!). More than 50 houses open up their private patio to visitors and contest against each other for the honour of having the most beautiful flowers and arrangements in that year (and a cheque of €1000, an amount that is probably more of a reimbursement of costs). Before and after siesta the streets fill up with long queues of people waiting to take a look at the patios, and vote if they want to. We can not ignore this curious festival and join the queue for a handful of patios ourselves. During the wait entertainment is provided by a group making Flamenco music, singing and dancing through the streets. It must be a famous song they sing because the crowds around us chip in too: suddenly the whole street is singing together! (See video)

      The patios we visit (we select the queue we join by looking at the number of plaques next to the entree, indicating previously won prizes) are indeed very lovely. The flowers bloom exuberant in all kinds of shapes and colours, and patio owners have paid a lot of attention to detail in their arrangements and decorations. Overall it’s the entire vibe of locals catching up with their neighbours while waiting to enter a patio, the house owners proudly showing off their hard work, and the festive music and dance that makes it an adorable scene to be part of.

      We end the day with some more delicious Spanish tapas, then picking up our van and taking a dive into the campsite’s swimming pool to cool off. It’s been a five-star day - again.
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    • Day 4

      Córdoba Tag 2

      September 26, 2023 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 25 °C

      Ein wundervoller Tag! Free Tour durch Córdoba mit Einblick in die, Innenhöfe. Danach haben wir die eindrucksvolle Mezquita 2h mit einem Guide erkundet. Anschliessend ging es in die Burg Alcázar de los Reyes Christianos und zum Schluss bestiegen wir den Turm der Mesquita und genossen die wunderbare Aussicht!Read more

    • Day 18

      Seville day 2 and travel

      October 22, 2023 in Spain ⋅ 🌬 70 °F

      Andrew got up early for a long run while Dani and I slept a little later, then got up to pack. Checking out of Seville today. After stowing our luggage in the car, we did a walking tour of the Real Alcazar- or the royal palace- of Seville. It was unbelievably beautiful and wrll preserved, with three separate palaces. Each was built by a different king, and each was a completely different style of architecture. The ceilings in each room were particularly spectacular. Apparently, there are fantastic gardens, but they were closed due to the rain. It is right next to the Cathedral so I got a daylight pic of the bell tower from yesterday. The tour was a couple of hours, and by the time it was done, it had started raining. We had lunch and then got to the car and headed for or next stop. Andrew and dani have not been farther north than Seville, so this is all new places for them too. We went a little over an hour north to Cordoba, where we will spend one night. Our hotel is across the street from the alcazar here. While Andrew explored a little, Dani and I rested, then we went to a cute hole-in-the-wall restaurant for dinner, and had some Gelato ice cream for dessert.
      More tours tomorrow! And more rain 🌧 in the forecast.
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    • Day 5

      Córdoba

      May 31, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      Córdoba ist einfach nur schön! Wenn die Touribusse weg sind, kehrt eine total entspannte Stimmung ein. Überall gibt es was zum Essen und zum Trinken, es ist herrlich warm (in Granada hab ich vorgestern Abend ordentlich gefroren- jetzt trage ich ein ärmelloses Top 😃) und irgendwie liegt ein ganz besonderer Flair über dieser Stadt. Bin schwer begeistert. Leider hatte ich das bei der Planung gar nicht so am Schirm und wir bleiben nur eine Nacht. Im Nachhinein wäre ich lieber nur eine Nacht in Granada geblieben und zwei hier. Aber egal, es ist, wie es ist und es ist bisher einfach eine mega coole, entspannte Reise. Ich komme bestimmt mal wieder nach Córdoba! 🥰Read more

    • Day 49

      Mezquita

      February 26 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      Wir parken nahe dem Zoo auf einem der kostenlosen Stellplätze. In der Nacht gibt es übrigens den angekündigten starken Regen.
      Morgens um 9 Uhr gehen wir los zur Mesquita, wo wir um 9:30 Uhr ankommen und uns online das Ticket kaufen. Der Eintritt für Pensionisten kostet 10 €, dann warten wir auf den Einlass, der pünktlich um 10 Uhr erfolgt. hinter uns hat sich schon eine lange Schlange gebildet, der Einlass erfolgt jedoch zügig und in dem großen Gebäude verlieren sich die Menschenmassen. Wie beim letzten Besuch, bin ich auch dieses Mal von dem Prunk und der Schönheit angetan. Unser Besuch dauert über zwei Stunden und erschöpft verlassen wir mittags das Gebäude um die Umgebung noch ein wenig zu erkunden.Read more

    • Day 9

      Córdoba: Mosque Cathedral & Patios

      March 11 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

      Córdoba was once the Moorish capital of nearly all of the Iberian peninsula (and some parts of France, including Carcassonne) as we know those places today, but known as Al-Andalus caliphate starting in the 700s. In Córdoba we visited La Mezquita, an immense mosque dating from the 8th century. The roughly 1,250 columns of the prayer hall were repurposed from buildings from the Roman era, with varying types of stone and different capitals and bases. The disparate columns in the hall are unified by the brick-and-limestone arches everywhere—gives a sort of a hall-of-mirrors feeling.

      As the Muslim population grew, the Moors expanded the original structure three times, up until the end of the 10th century. When Córdoba was captured by the Christian forces of Castile in 1236, the mosque was converted to a cathedral. Not much was done to change the appearance until a Renaissance-style nave was added smack in the center of the vast structure in the 17th century. As for the minaret, unlike the cathedral in Seville, the Catholics built a bell tower around the minaret, covering it completely. Visiting this mosque cathedral was a really unique experience!

      The other thing we did while in Córdoba was to visit the “patios.” These are a carryover from the 1921 “Courtyards, Balconies and Window Displays Competition,” which has now become an annual event. Multi family homes here in this hot summer climate are designed around a central courtyard to provide ventilation for the homes, and the homes provide shade to the courtyard. We visited last year’s top prize winners. The homeowners take great pride in maintaining their living walls.
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    • Day 480

      Córdoba und die Moschee-Kathedrale

      March 17 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

      Córdoba gehört zu den Städten in Spanien, die ich immer schon besuchen wollte, aber noch nicht habe. Ich kenne bis heute nur Bilder von der berühmten Mezquita. Diese einzigartige Mischung aus Moschee und Kirche live zu sehen ist aber ganz anders als ich dachte. Viel höher, geräumiger und noch beeindruckender. Maurischer Baustil mischt sich mit christlicher Architektur aus Gothik, Renaissance und Barock.
      Die Mauren haben schon im 8.Jh mit dem Bau begonnen, der nach der christlichen Rückeroberung bis ins 17.Jh weiter ging.
      Nach der Moschee in Meca war diese in maurischen Zeiten die 2.größte Moschee der Welt (im 17.Jh. von der blauen Moschee überholt). Die Größe ist kein Wunder, denn Córdoba war eine der größten Städte der Welt und im 10.Jh. lebten hier bereits über 110.000 Menschen (heute ca. 320.000).
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    • Day 59

      Córdoba

      March 14 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Eine wunderschöne Stadt. Konkurriert mit Sevilla.
      Wir haben alles zu Fuß erobert.
      Die Moschee, das Judenviertel, die Synagoge, Alcázar, die Altstadtbrücke.
      Platt wie Hund genießen wir jetzt noch die Sonne.Read more

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