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.
San Ildefonso door is one of the 19 doors the Great Mosque currently has:
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:
The church has today more than 30 chapels…
…including the gorgeous Mihrab:
It is so well preserved that it’s a great joy to walk under the beautiful arches
It’s one of the jewels of Moorish architecture.
You can see my full gallery here: Cordoba’s Great Mosque