Mezquita de Córdoba: Discover the Great Mosque
Are you visiting the Mezquita de Córdoba soon?
The Mezquita de Córdoba is a monumental Mosque, the most important of the Western Islamic world.
Its history is fascinating: different cults have been associated to this gorgeous building over the centuries, with an alternance between Christian and Muslim influences.
Historians believe that at the beginning it was a Roman temple dedicated to Janus. After that, Visigoths turned it into a Christian church in the 6th century and then, in the 7th century, it was converted into a mosque.
Colorful mosaics, beautiful ceramic tiles, red marble columns, shining golden decorations and the peculiar combination of stone and bricks will amaze you!
So what will you see?
The mosque includes a large prayer hall filled with 856 columns made of different materials.
Some of them come from the Roman temple which previously stood in the site, others from different Roman buildings.
The double arches are a great news as they extended the height of the ceilings even though the columns were pretty low.
In the prayer hall, you can see the Mihrab, an horseshoe arched prayer niche which is essential to identify the direction of Mecca.
The Mihrab has also another important function: it amplifies the Imam’s words.
Above the Mihrab, you can see a beautiful ribbed dome, where the ribs are added to the structure in order to support it and decorate it.
Another section you will love is the courtyard: called Naranjos Courtyard (Orange Tree Courtyard), during the Islamic period it was a space dedicated to public activities.
It is surrounded by a colonnade and includes a minaret and an ablution room.
Surprisingly nowadays the Mezquita de Córdoba is a Catholic Cathedral: in fact it turned into a catholic church again in the 16th century.
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Fascinating, isn’t it? So why don’t you book your stay in Córdoba?