Standing in the Patio de los Naranjos of the Mosque of Córdoba, I was reminded of the Cathedral of Sevilla. Apart from the historical similarities—both were once great mosques in the capital city of their Muslim rulers—they also share physical elements like a courtyard of orange trees.
But once I stepped inside, it became immediately clear that this was something else.
Built under the Umayyad leader Abd al-Rahman I in the 8th century, the Mosque of Córdoba is infamous for its design. Indeed, the arrangement of columns and arches is such that the space seems to extend beautifully into infinity in all directions.
Like Sevilla’s, the Mosque of Córdoba was converted into a Cathedral after the Reconquista so a significant part of it today is made up of Chapels.
The Cathedral is interesting in itself but remains very out-of-place in the centre of the Mosque.
Some sections of the Mosque are very intricate and well-preserved while others, especially those left from the original building, have faded overtime.
Nevertheless, there is plenty to take in.
After visiting the Mosque, I headed back out onto the sunny streets.
Through the narrow alleys, I made my way across town.
The delight of finding bougainvillea is like nothing else.
I then stopped at Museo de la Tapa y El Vino for lunch; it seems to have low reviews online but I had a lovely experience.
This honey eggplant dish was yummy!
With salmorejo, of course.
I also liked this area because it’s by the river and you can get a peek of the view if you sit outside.
Paseo de la Ribera is great for a stroll or in my case, a sketching session from a bench.
Happily filled with lunch, I continued wandering through the rest of the neighbourhood.