Cordoba’s Mosque

Cordoba’s Great Mosque is one of Spain’s most stunning buildings and a UNESCO Heritage Site. There was already a Christian church on the site when the Muslims took over Spain in the 8th century, who then proceed to build a mosque alongside it. The church was later bought by the Muslim ruler Abd al-Rahman I and demolished to make room for the mosque. Cordoba was reconquered by the Christians in 1236, who turned the building into a Catholic church to which a new nave and a tower were added later on.

Cathedral tower in Cordoba (Spain) (Carlos Peñalba)

San Ildefonso door is one of the 19 doors the Great Mosque currently has:

Mosque in Cordoba (Spain) (Carlos Peñalba)

The mosque is famous for its 856 columns mades of jasper, onyx, granite and marble, as well as the double arches, a newly introduced technique to enable to raise the ceiling:

Mosque in Cordoba (Spain) (Carlos Peñalba)

Mosque in Cordoba (Spain) (Carlos Peñalba)

The church has today more than 30 chapels…

Mosque in Cordoba (Spain) (Carlos Peñalba)

…including the gorgeous Mihrab:

 (Carlos Peñalba)

It is so well preserved that it’s a great joy to walk under the beautiful arches

Mosque in Cordoba (Spain) (Carlos Peñalba)

Mosque in Cordoba (Spain) (Carlos Peñalba)

It’s one of the jewels of Moorish architecture.

You can see my full gallery here: Cordoba’s Great Mosque