Cordoba is one of the Andalusian cities that best shows the three cultures: Muslim, Christian and Jewish, all in the same space. Its narrow and charming streets full of colourful flowers and steel balconies make it a paradise for photographic lovers.
The official name of this site of cultural interest is the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption. Being the size of an entire block of the city, it is one of the places you have to visit in Cordoba yes or yes. We start with a bit of history as it is not every day that we hear the words mosque and cathedral in the same sentence, with only a small hyphen to separate them. At the time of the Visigoths there was a small Christian church in this place. When the Muslims conquered the city, they divided the church in half with one part for the Muslims and one part for the Christians.
The Courtyards of Cordoba
If we talk about courtyards, those in Cordoba are among the most famous in Spain. Inside almost every house in the historic centre you will find a courtyard with its greenish plants and flowers. Andalusia’s white houses make the best backdrop for colourful plants and hand-painted dishes, but they also provide a much-needed refuge in Cordoba’s hot, dry summers. Many of the courtyards also have a small fountain and serve as an entrance to the house.
The Jewish Quarter
The Jewish quarter in Cordoba is a labyrinth of narrow streets (so narrow that you can shake hands with a friend on the other side of the street). It’s the perfect place to take a walk in summer as the buildings are shady and the balconies are filled with geraniums of all colours. Don’t hesitate to stop at the synagogue and look for the statue of Maimonides.
There are many ways to visit this city: culture, history, monuments, philosophy, art, jewellery, gastronomy, modernity, university, parties and fun…
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