Andalusia--Cradle of Muslim History in Spain
Cordoba is a town rich in Roman, Muslim and Spanish history. On our first day, we got up early to see the Mezquita (Mosque) from 8:30—9:30. At this time of day, it is free and practically deserted. This beautiful mosque, built on top of a Roman temple, subsequently converted into a cathedral by the conquering Spaniards, takes my breath away. The cathedral occupies only a section of the mosque. The rest of the Muslim temple remains intact, with visually stunning keyhole arches and columns. Catholic and Muslim services are both held in the mosque/cathedral. And, by the way, they kick the free guests out at @9:20.
From the mosque, we wandered across the Roman bridge over the Guadlquivir River to an ancient Puerta (gate) which has been converted into a cheesy museum, the Calahorra Tower Museum. Although the museum was kind of like the Hall of the Presidents at Disneyworld, the view from the top of the tower was beautiful.
Next, we toured the magnificent Alcazar, or castle, of Cordoba, with it’s beautiful gardens, home to the Catholic monarchs and the Royal Stables. We booked tickets for the Arabian horse show that evening. Although the show was not impressive, I was pleased. Due to the rain, our show was held indoors and our seats were behind a glass wall, so my allergies to the hay and horses did not kick in.
We had another excellent visit to the Palacio Viana. Although many people only visit the elaborate gardens surrounding the palace, we took the full tour between visiting the gardens, which were definitely stunning. On our last night, we crossed the river to eat at La Regadera, described as a place to see a great view of Cordoba at night. Although dinner was delicious, the view was blocked by the cars parked in front of the restaurant.
One of our discoveries was Bar KiKi. KiKi is my "grandma name" so I had to have a picture.
Next we are off to Granada to see the Alhambra. Hasta luego.