Mezquita

Bride at the entrance of the Mezquita complex, Cordoba, Spain - Bold Bliss

Arches of the Mezquita of Cordoba, Spain - Bold Bliss

Red-and-white striped arches of the Mezquita of Cordoba, Spain - Bold Bliss

Ceiling details at the Mezquita, Cordoba, Spain - Bold Bliss

Moorish architecture in Mezquita, Cordoba, Spain - Bold Bliss

Ceiling of cathedral in Mezquita, Cordoba, Spain - Bold Bliss

Renaissance cathedral inside the Mezquita, Cordoba, Spain - Bold Bliss

Renaissance cathedral inside the Mezquita, Cordoba, Spain - Bold Bliss

Patio de Los Naranjos, Cordoba, Spain - Bold Bliss

Patio de Los Naranjos with view of the Mezquita, Cordoba, Spain - Bold Bliss

Patio de Los Naranjos, Cordoba, Spain - Bold Bliss

Child drinking from a fountain at Patio de Los Naranjos, Cordoba, Spain - Bold Bliss

Patio de Los Naranjos, Cordoba, Spain - Bold Bliss

Puerta of Mezquita, Cordoba, Spain - Bold Bliss

Little girl in front of one of the doors of the Mezquita, Cordoba, Spain - Bold Bliss

It’s been almost a week since my last post and I solemny attribute responsibility to the heat wave that has been scorching Europe. Sitting indoors in front of my computer to blog was virtually impossible. After enjoying quite some time outside this weekend, puffing but sipping cocktails next to my (imaginary) pool, I’m all ready to face my computer screen again so you please expect some more posts this week!

Today’s post is a photo diary of my visit to the Mezquita of Cordoba, the unrivalled highlight of the city. Upon entering, you are met with those famous, seemingly endless red-and-white striped arches that make you marvel at the skill of the builders at the time. It’s intriguing to find in the heart of the mosque a Renaissance cathedral, built in the 16th century, surprisingly with preservation of most of the previous Moorish architecture! I was baffled as well as charmed by the unusual juxtaposition of different architectural styles. It’s best to use the audio guide as in its absence, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the maze of pillars, the massive scale of the building and the blend of different architectural styles.

Part of the cathedral and mosque complex is a large free-to-access courtyard called the Patio de los Naranjos, where you can buy your ticket for the Mezquita. From here, you have a great view of the bell tower rhyming with the unusually tall and thin cypress trees in the foreground. The square is full of orange trees, which give you that giddy feeling in your stomach that you are actually in the south of Spain! The cherry on the cake are the beautiful ochre-coloured walls and different puertas at the outside, worth checking out as well. A fruitful visit it was!

 

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8 Comments

  1. Aimee Bustillo July 11, 2015

    Mezquita of Cordoba looks like a great place, love the architectural details of mosque, great pictures of the people too <3

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  2. Brenda July 11, 2015

    Wow, such a beautiful place! I love seeing people’s travel photos!


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  3. Charlotte Vulpius July 9, 2015

    Mein Gott! Alles Licht und Leichtigkeit! Unheimlich schön. Ich träume von einer Spanischen Reise!

    Charlotte Vulpius

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  4. TOINETTE July 7, 2015

    J’aime beaucoup votre blog, vos photos sont splendides, si lumineuses! Merci de nous faire partager vos voyages.

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    • Bold Bliss July 11, 2015

      Merci Toinette, votre commentaire me touche! Sur ce blog, j’essaie de faire part à mes lecteurs de mes expériences et découvertes comme je les perçois moi-même et je suis contente que vous l’appréciez sincèrement!

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  5. P.P.R. James July 7, 2015

    An architectural clash of two cultures? And then the question who prevails? No, not at all! As a gentle yet keen observer of alternating architectural shapes and colours you are not interested in rivalry. Wisely avoiding the trap of taking sides you demonstrate your exclusive focus on Beauty. And the winners are we, the readers of your blog. Cool!

    P.P.R. James

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  6. Mademoiselle Coconath July 7, 2015

    The pictures are beautiful!
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  7. Rachel July 7, 2015

    Beautiful photos, so much history in your travels.

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