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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