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Cordoba – the Spanish city with an eclectic mix of diverse cultural and religious influences

Throughout the centuries, the relatively small city of Cordoba has existed under Roman, Moorish and of course Christian occupation, and as a key axis of trade, science and the arts, was once amongst the largest and most prosperous of all European cities. It’s no surprise that today it boasts an eclectic mix of diverse cultural and religious influences…

Throughout the centuries, the relatively small city of Cordoba has existed under Roman, Moorish and of course Christian occupation, and as a key axis of trade, science and the arts, was once amongst the largest and most prosperous of all European cities.

As a historical centre of wisdom and knowledge, it’s no surprise that today it boasts an eclectic mix of diverse cultural and religious influences.

La Mezquita in Cordoba
La Mezquita in Cordoba

The prime example of this can be witnessed by a visit to its unique Mosque-Cathedral, or La Mezquita as it’s known, which is set in the beautiful old quarter of the city.

Surrounded by quaint narrow streets, La Mezquita is quite literally the result of the architectural styles of two faiths seemingly at odds with each other combining together in a most fascinating way.

Having been originally constructed as a Christian church, it was then taken over by the Moors for use as a mosque and greatly developed until it became the second-largest mosque in the world.

The mosque was then re-consecrated as a Christian church after Christian King Ferdinand re-took the city in 1236, with subsequent kings adding more Christian features in the coming centuries.

With a high speed rail link between Cordoba and Malaga taking approximately 40 minutes and only 3 hours driving time away, the city is the ideal destination for a day trip from the Costa del Sol.