A lot of people told me that Andalusia, the south of Spain, is different than any other parts of Spain. They were right. One of the most beautiful cities that I visited was Cordoba as the old town parts of the city has an amazing historical building, view and cool handicraft. The city has the charms of a white old building with colourful yellow paint all around. It was so much fun getting lost here. Therefore I am writing some The Great Mosque Cordoba travel guide for you to make it easier to visit!
I imagine a lot about Spain, and I was a little bit disappointed when I visited Barcelona because it was not as I expected. But Andalusia.. my oh my.. Everything is exactly as I imagine it would be!
The Great Mosque Cordoba Travel Guide and Tips:
One of the mesmerising places that I visited was the Great Mosque of Cordoba or in Spanish name, Mezquita de Cordoba. The place has astonishing histories start from a small temple of Catholic Basilica, then turned into a grand mosque when the Muslims conquered Spain, and then back into being a Cathedral during the Reconquista in 1236. Fiuh… what a journey!
It has a very big space for the Muslims to pray and in the middle of the building, it has a church with the organs and Jesus statues. It was weird to see it all in one place, but nonetheless, it has the charm that I rarely see in other countries. Even the style of the mosque has that Spanish taste! Without further ado, check the photos here to see how stunning it starts from the outer architecture until the interior parts!
The Mosque Parts
The Cathedral Parts
I was mesmerized more of the Mosque details and the part of the museum where it has so many Arabic objects and of course the Cathedral parts. It was restored perfectly with several sections where we can see the parts of the history.
The fascinating thing that else you can do is visit the place at night where the Catholics still hold pray together. Oh yes, you can enter it free too instead of paying 8 Euro! 😀
History tells that even when the Muslims still around Spain, they have divided the place for Muslim and Christian together in this place. I think this building is one of the reasons to remind people that no matter how the way we pray, actually we all believe in the same thing. Even back then, religion was not a big deal to live their life.
During the hard times of people in Indonesia trying to fight the different beliefs, I suddenly remember this place. Everybody has the same goal towards the end, but how they will reach it, how they pray and hope for it, may be different. Then again, we just need something to hold on and a reminder that finish line that we want to break is the same that everyone wants.
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