This is a day when not much will be written because I will overwhelm you with photos – almost all from the interior of one extraordinary large building. That’s right. One building. The Mosque-Cathedral (Mesquita) of Cordoba was the reason I visited, and it didn’t disappoint.
By showing you so many photos (and they are not all the photos I took – just a small selection) in the chronological order that I saw the sights, you may gain some appreciation of the magnitude of the engineering, and the breadth of the creativity. The intermeshing of Christian and Islamic imagery and patternmaking is breathtakingly beautiful – but one woman remarked this is nothing compared to the Alhambra in Granada (and I will be there next week). Therefore, I am glad to have seen this building first. It is as if I am working up to what Granada has to offer. Because of the volume of photos, I have divided today’s posts into three clusters – chronologically presented.
First let us start with the outside walls of the building, then let me introduce you into the shady orange grove courtyard, past arcaded walkways, and have a look at the bell tower standing high in one corner.
Now let us walk inside to the dual religious part of the ‘monument’. Perhaps you will have the shock that I did – what am I looking at? What is it in front of me?
At this stage I had been wandering inside this complex for over half an hour. But there was more to see. Much more.