Staying in Cordoba for one night was sufficient for us. We planned where and what we wanted to see and knew it would fit into the two days of being there.
When we got to Cordoba after a three hour coach journey, which I must say, was not bad at all, we made our way to visit The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba.
This was a site where emotions ran high. The architecture is beyond ones expectations from seeing it in pictures and the carvings so intricate, one felt mesmerised. However, it was the interior that made the emotions scatter.
Once a mosque under the caliphate of Abd al-Rahman i built in 786-788, was later conquered by the Christians in 1236 and turned in to a cathedral.
You walk through the monumental site and chills run through you. Pillars and features that emulate those of the Haram and Medina Munawarra, taking a few steps to the right, you find a cathedral.
One of the things that is great about these sites, both in Cordoba and Granada, we found bi lingual museums within the premises which was helpful.
Make sure you pick up the English leaflet at the entrance as it is filled with everything you need to know as you walk around.
We later took a walk from the cathedral up to a road where we found Case Árabe! I will never for the life of me understand why gems like these are empty? The streets were full of tourists! So, If I were you, I would take advantage! We were there in May where they were showcasing an Egyptian artist. I believe this exhibition is on until the bgeinning of July.
ACTIVE MOSQUE TO PRAY?
I can't lie, there was something in us that thought that the mosque-cathedral of Cordoba would be active for Jumah prayers. Of course, its not! But we were lucky to come across security that guided us in the right direction. That's where we found MOSQUITA DE LOS ANDALUCES UNIVESIDAD ISLAMICA INTERNACIONAL AVERROES DE AL-ANDALUS. The Mosque of the great philosopher Averroes, or as Muslims know him, Ibn Rushd. His famous writing include Tahafut al Tahafut (The Incoherence of the Incoherence) available here
MADINAT AL ZAHRA
The following day we planned to visit the great ruins of Madinat al Zahra. Tickets for this we bought here. Tickets and booking is required for to visit this site otherwise you are not going in!
It was honestly spectacular. We went through and once again, there was firstly a screening which lasted approximately ten minutes. At first I questioned whether to watch the screening was necessary but, alas, I was wrong again! Of course it was! It prepped us before we took the bus to the hills of where there was once a kingdom!
You can view so much more including videos if you go to our instagram @wwags and click on the Granda/Cordoba story highlight.
WHERE TO EAT?
You will find random halal resturants in places but nothing that we loved to be honest. We did however have a lidl 5 minutes from our hotel so we were VERY content (lol)
WHERE TO STAY?
Okay, So I have to be honest, our hotel was kind of ugly and I'm sure I developed an itch *insert appropriate gif* We didn't realise it was a 1* hotel! I mean, I really don't mind where I stay *okay Halima* but it has to be clean, which it somewhat was... I think it just needs some updating and it would be fine!
PLACES TO VISIT
- The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba
- The Jewish quarters
- Avicenna mosque
- Casa Árabe
- Madinat Al Zahra
- Torre De Calahorra