Córdoba - the Town - Photos Andalusia 2019

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At the height of the Moorish kingdom of Al-Andalus which covered most of Spain, Córdoba was the capital and largest city in Western Europe. It was at the navigable limit of the Guadalquivir river which ran from the Atlantic coast, through Seville.

The two main sights are the Mezquita and the Alcázar.

The river is crossed by a bridge, parts of which are of Roman construction.
At the end of the bridge is the Torre de la Calahorra which houses an interesting exhibition about the period in Córdoba's history under Ferdinand III (who captured it from the Moors) and Alphonso X, when Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities lived together there.
We were in Córdoba at the time of the Festival of Patios.

A Patio there is an enclosed courtyard, often with a water feature in the centre. Many of these were open to the public, although the queues were often formidable.
This is possibly the most photographed view in Córdoba. The Calleja de las Flores lines up nicely with the tower of the Mezquita / Cathedral.
Statue of Maimonides, distinguished Jewish scholar born in Córdoba, 1135. He was a pupil of the Muslim, Aristotelian scholar Averroes, born in Córdoba, 1126.
Text and photos copyright John Haines 2015-21.
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