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Universidad De Córdoba / Facultad de Filosofía Y Letras

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18 travelers at this place:

  • Day313

    Cordoba

    February 22 in Spain

    Before we return the hire car and move on from Almerimar we decided to visit Córdoba and the Mezquita specifically. The drive up was uneventful but did take about 4hours, even here the Spanish still do not seem to appreciate why they should show which way they are planning on going by using indicators! We spent this afternoon wandering the streets of the old town and visited the Torre de la Calahorra which houses the museum of the three cultures. Tomorrow morning, early we plan to go into the Mezquita as it is free between 8:30 and 9:30, we may also go to the Palacio de Viana which, per the Rick Steves’ guide book, is a 16th century palatial estate full of Stuff.Read more

  • Day90

    Mezquita and Music

    December 2, 2017 in Spain

    Late start, feeling under the weather. Went to lunch - fried eggplant (like hot Kumara chips), mushrooms with garlic (meh) and fried anchovies (yum, best in Spain so far). Then visited the Mezquita, a mosque cathedral.

    This was originally a church, and then a mosque, and then a bigger mosque, and then finally a cathedral (the tower of which was essentially built in the middle of everything else). An interesting example of different cultures melding - although this may or may not be as true as has been suggested (certainly there were a lot of years full of religious persecution so who knows). And the Catholic Church has banned Muslims from holding services in the mosque cathedral to this day - so maybe not quite a multi religious paradise.

    But politics aside, it was a nice building. Lots of red and white arches and then the very elaborate Christian trappings inside. Unusual and worth a visit (didn't go up the tower due to sore knees).

    After that, a walk across the Roman bridge towards the Calahorra tower. But it wasn't particularly exciting so we turned back early. And glad we did as we stumbled across two young women playing Coldplay on violin and cello to a backing speaker underneath a ancient triumphal arch. They were amazing and proceeded to reel off a number of popular songs as played on their instruments (Hallelujah, Pirates of Carribean, Despacito and even Mamma Mia). Stayed there for about 30 minutes with a small crowd as was quite nice just standing in the sun listening to great music. Even bought their CD!

    Then on to some more wandering, checked out the Street of the Flowers - a popular Instagram spot apparently. It was pretty cute with the whitewashed buildings and many flower pots. Then onward back home to rest up and turkish for dinner. Internet a bit slow so watched a web series (vlog format) on YouTube based on a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice - surprisingly good.
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  • Apr3

    Orange grove

    April 3 in Spain

    Patio de los Naranjos
    This classic Islamic ablutions courtyard, with its orange, palm and cypress trees and fountains, forms the entrance to the Mezquita.
    Its most impressive entrance is the Puerta del Perdón, a 14th-century Mudé­jar archway in the base of the bell tower.
    When the mosque was used for Moslem prayer, all the naves were open to this courtyard allowing the rows of interior columns to appear like an extension of the trees with shafts of brilliant sunlight filtering through. However, it was Bishop Francisco Reinoso who added the orange trees as a continuation of the columns in the hall.

    Torre del Alminar
    The 54m-high bell tower was originally built by Abd ar-Rahman III in 951–52 as the Mezquita’s minaret. It was strengthened with an outer shell and heightened to contain a belfry by the Christians in the 16th and 17th cen­turies.
    The original minaret would have looked something like it's copy, the Giralda in Seville. Córdoba’s minaret influenced all minarets built thereafter throughout the western Islamic world.
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  • Apr4

    3 stooges

    April 4 in Spain

    In Roman times, Cordoba gave birth to Lucius Annaeus Seneca (a famous drama queen,) and his nephew Lucan, (a poet.)
    Then in the XIIthC came two celebrated scholars, Abdul and Moses.
    Moses ben Maimon, called Rambam by his mates (sic) and better known to us as Maimonides (1135–1204), who condensed Talmudic law into a mere 14 volumes: the "Mishneh Torah".
    And Abdul Wahid Muhammad Ibn 'Ahmed Ibn Rushd, shortened to Averroes to fit on the spine of his famous book "What I think of Aristotle."
    Both got the nod from the Roman Church because they did not write in a way the general populace could understand as incompatible with Christianity and therefore seditious.
    Even though they both had to leave the country to work and died at opposite sides of North Africa, Egypt and Morocco. Better than poor Luke though.
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  • Apr4

    Casa Arabe

    April 4 in Spain

    The city restored this Arab house that had been four or five dwellings before a rich merchant bought it in the XVth C .
    As usual, it is the two courtyards which appeal the most. Around them the rooms are only 2.7m wide and have been converted into offices and an art gallery.
    Notice the modern interpretation of horse stalls as the feeding room for tourists.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Universidad De Córdoba / Facultad de Filosofía Y Letras, Universidad De Cordoba / Facultad de Filosofia Y Letras

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