Inside the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, Spain

August 4, 2020 Calle Cardenal Herrero, 1, 14003 Córdoba, Spain

At the very beginning of March, before COVID-19 had spread extensively beyond Asia and it seemed the the whole world went into lockdown, my mom and I traveled to Southern Spain and Morocco. We flew into Madrid, rented a car, and headed south. The trip was extremely last minute; we had originally planned to travel to Italy, but we changed our plans due to the outbreak in northern Italy and out of fear that I might not have been able to return to school after being in a high-risk area or that we could even be trapped in Italy if the outbreak worsened. Little did we know that, in the two week period we were abroad, the virus was already rapidly spreading back home and across the globe, and upon returning home life would look quite different compared to when we departed. 

Because it was such a last minute trip, we made plans as we went along. Our plan was to head down to Granada, but after a seven hour flight we were exhausted and knew it would be best to stop for a night and rest before continuing our journey down south. Cordoba is truly a hidden gem of a city. Most notable in this historic city is its Mosque-Cathedral. While the images below are only of the Mosque-Cathedral, the following post will be dedicated to sharing photographs from the entire city, capturing everything from its buildings to its food and people.

The Mosque-Cathedral was once a Visigoth Christian church, but upon an invasion by the Moors in 711, the church was divided and used by both Muslims and Christians as a house of worship. In 784, Umayyad ruler Abd al-Rahman I ordered the church destroyed and a mosque erected in its place. For the next two centuries, the building grew in size and was eventually completed in 987, becoming one of the largest sacred structures in the Islamic Kingdom. In 1236, Cordoba was reclaimed by Christians and ultimately converted into a church, and in the 16th century several alterations were made including the addition of a central high altar, a belfry in replacement for the minaret, and several chapels.

It was incredible to be inside a structure boasting such a rich history and one at the center of a power struggle between Christians and their Moorish counterparts. Its past as both a mosque and cathedral make it truly a one of a kind structure, and its blending of Muslim and Christian architectural styles gives it an unparalleled beauty. 


1 comment

  1. Wow it is absolutely stunning! I would love to visit :)