The Mezquita of Córdoba

“The Mezquita epitomises this influence in the city, serving as a constant palpable reminder of its days as a mega powerful Caliphate when Córdoba was known in Arabic as Qurtuba, in the region of al-Andalus.”

There are plenty of articles and blog posts on the internet about the Mezquita already.

I can’t provide new information on it as such as it has all been said before, however I am hoping to tell you here just why it is so amazing and unique and the effect it has with every visit or just simply passing by it.

No trip to Córdoba would be complete without a trip to the Mezquita!

There is no way I can write a blog on Andalucía, being a former resident of Córdoba, and not write about this monumental, awe-inspiring site…

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The Alhambra of Granada

Of all of Spain’s architectural gems, the Alhambra Palace (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is its most precious treasure.

It is so stunning inside and outside, close up and from afar that it is impossible to take it all in- every corner reveals yet more painstaking artisanal carvings and monuments and astonishing views across Granada. (Read about the city of Granada here)

Situated in the hills overlooking the city, with the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains in the distance, its presence can be felt at all times in this city and there are several vantage points for the best views such as the Mirador San Nicolás (pictured below):

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A Brief Guide to the Alcázar de Los Reyes Cristianos of Córdoba

I never tire of seeing the Alcázar of Córdoba from across the street as I’ve written several times before on this blog, it makes me feel like I’ve stepped back in history to the al-Andalus era.

Its full name, the ‘Alcázar de Los Reyes Cristianos’, comes from the very people who re-built the once Visigothic structure in order to commemorate Spain’s reconquest from Islam back to Christianity in the 13th century.

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Visit Casa Andalusí- a glimpse into Roman and Moorish Andalucía

I stumbled across Casa Andalusí in Córdoba inadvertently when looking for things to show my parents one scorching hot day in July last year. We had been around the spice- fragranced and leather draped markets all morning but now, at mid-day, it was time to seek refuge from the fierce Andaluz summer sun.

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