Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, Cordoba

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History meets beauty at Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, a rare blend of two religions. The massive mosque-turned-cathedral is famed for its "forest" of interior columns, topped with traditional Islamic red and white striped arches. Built in 786 by Moorish settlers, the structure was converted into a Christian church in 1236. Built over the course of nearly 250 years, the structure combines various architectural styles, with decorative elements ranging from elegant to gaudy. Despite the presence of the cathedral, which was added to the middle of the original structure in the 16th century, most of the mosque remains remarkably well preserved. Regarded as one of the most accomplished monuments of Moorish architecture, the site reminds visitors of the glory and importance Córdoba held in medieval times. Arrange your visit to Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba and discover more family-friendly attractions in Cordoba using our Cordoba trip builder.
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  • Just an incredible space - the history over it’s time span, the geography of the building, the visual sensation…if you visit no where else, go here 
    Just an incredible space - the history over it’s time span, the geography of the building, the visual sensation…if you visit no where else, go here  more »
  • Amazing site. Make sure not to miss it and take your time to see all of the details. It was a highlight of our trip 
    Amazing site. Make sure not to miss it and take your time to see all of the details. It was a highlight of our trip  more »
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  • The Mezquita is an amazing place and was the hi-light of our trip. It has some stunning Islamic architecture and corridors with light. Well preserved ceilings and pillars. It is a bit dark and has a number of extensions. In its current day it is not an active mosque. The courtyard is quite nice as well and thoroughly enjoyable. I would definitely visit it again.
  • The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba is an absolutely wonderful building, unique in its combination of both Islamic and European religious architecture. The atmosphere stirs deep emotions, and the light streaming through the high windows is magical. On our tour of Andalusia, my friend was looking forward to seeing the Alhambra Palace in Granada most of all, but as it turned out her favourite site was this one.

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