It’s not just Seville and Granada in Andalusia! Journey to the time of the Caliphate of Cordoba

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 It's not just Seville and Granada in Andalusia! Journey to the time of the Caliphate of Cordoba


It’s not just Seville and Granada in Andalusia! Journey to the time of the Caliphate of Cordoba


In Istanbul, the Hagia Sophia was transformed into a mosque. In Cordoba, it is the opposite: the mosque has become a cathedral. It must be said that this is only a fair return of things: it was erected on the foundations of an old church dedicated to San Vicente. It is obviously the mezquita, the most wonderful monument of Muslim culture in the entire West, that Cordoba is famous for, attracting visitors from all over the world. Is it a mosque or a cathedral? Both ! In order not to make people jealous, it is called the mosque-cathedral. To be precise, it was originally a Roman temple, then a basilica, a great mosque under the Umayads, and finally a cathedral since the Reconquest.


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In Istanbul, the Hagia Sophia was transformed into a mosque. In Cordoba, it is the opposite: the mosque has become a cathedral. It must be said that this is only a fair return of things: it was erected on the foundations of an old church dedicated to San Vicente. It is of course the mezquita, the most wonderful monument of Muslim culture in the entire West, which makes the reputation of Cordoba, attracting visitors from all over the world. Is it a mosque or a cathedral? Both ! In order not to make people jealous, it is called the mosque-cathedral. To be precise, it was originally a Roman temple, then a basilica, a great mosque under the Umayads, and finally a cathedral since the Reconquest.


L’anectote: The words shoemaker and shoemaker come from the city of Cordoba, whose leather was very famous in the Middle Ages.

The historical figure: Ibn Rochd of Cordoba, better known in the West by his Latinized name of Averroes, was born in Cordoba on April 14, 1126. He is one of the most brilliant minds of the Middle Ages: philosopher, theologian, jurist, mathematician and doctor. This Arabic-speaking Muslim influenced the West for centuries after his death.

Or sleep ?

The Houses of the Jewish Quarter brings together five houses, the oldest of which dates from the end of the 15th century. The food is excellent and the reception quality. It’s hard not to succumb to the charm of this traditional Andalusian house!

Another option, the Parador of Cordoba, built on the ruins of the summer palace of Abderramán. Perched on the heights of the city, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of its wonders! On the menu of the restaurant, local specialties such as salmorejo cordovan (typical Cordoba gazpacho).

Our good addresses

Are you looking for a bar where they serve you a free tapas with beer? Direction Las Tendillas square, look for Calle Alonso de Burgos: here is the The Poem Tavern. And for a restaurant that is a little gourmet, note the Casa Mazal, which won the Cordoba Gourmet 2018 prize. As a bonus, the setting is top notch: a 14th century Jewish house, between stone columns and a period patio.

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