Córdoba, Spain and Canary Islands
The Mesquita is a former mosque that was first built in 786 on the site of a former church, then enlarged in 833, 962 and 991.
With the conquest of Cordoba in 1236 it was taken over by the Catholic church who installed the Villaviciosa Chapel within it. Then in 1523-1606 they plunked a whole cathedral in the middle.
I loved the mosque part, mainly because I’ve seen enough Catholic cathedrals for my lifetime, but the merging of the two is fascinating! I took ++pictures and will try and point out some of the key points. But as usual, pictures cannot describe the unbelievable sensation of walking in the entrance of seeing hundreds (800) columns with their double arches stretching out in the distance.
Just leaving for the train station to head to Granada…another 1000 pictures to come of the Alhambra!