Cordoba Stopover with Visit to Mezquita
We left Barcelona today to train down to Andalucia where we were to spend one night in Cordoba before moving on to Granada. However, upon learning the trains would not operate tomorrow, 9/23 due to a general strike we opted to travel through Cordoba all the way to Granada in one day.
Nevertheless we had several hours between trains that afforded us the opportunity to visit the Mezquita mosque and a traditional Cordoba gardened patio.
The mosque in Cordoba was the second largest in the world in its day, second only to the mosque in Mecca. The Cordoba mosque had one of the first copies of the Koran and a bone of the prophet Mohamed.
Unable to viscerally experience the history of the structure I appreciated its architecture in the present. Christians conquered Cordoba in the 13th century and modified the center of the mosque into a cathedral. I had no interest in the latter remodeling and focused on the original Moorish elements.
The ornate and intricately decorated mihrab was well worth the visit as I felt connected to a sacred place. I spent an appreciable amount of time meditating on the mihrab to respect it’s significance.