Seville Day 3 – Cordoba

Cordoba is one of the provinces In the city of Andalucia along with Malaga, Cadiz etc.
Located 150 km from Seville, we took a tour bus to the place.
On arriving, we visited the Alcazar fort which was built during the roman period. Many of the remains are now underground and have been destroyed by the weather.

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Alcazar Fort

The fort had old preserved mosaics and well kept gardens and patios.

Along the streets of the province one would find parts of this fort which are now turned into hotels, restaurants, museums etc with a lot of patios. There is also an annual Patio competition that is held in May.

The province has a lot of Islamic culture since many Muslims also stayed there after the Romans.

We then went on to the old Jewish section of the city. Earlier there was a huge Jewish community which stayed there. They built a Synagogue , which was used as a church up until the priests discovered Hebrew inscriptions and remains of the balconies where the women and children would sit.
There are only 3 synagogues in Spain.  The other two located in Toledo.

We then went on to see the Cathedral. this was a mosque in the earlier times and had beautiful double arches of red bricks and limestone. The pillars there are of red and black marble and no two are similar. They also have the mason’s names marked on them. The Mosque later had more construction done as an add on to it and is used present day as a church.

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The Mosque

This is an exquisite piece of architecture and legend has it, that when the King wanted to convert it into a Church, the Muslims were a little uncertain as whether the mosque would be destroyed. The King promised them, that if a single pillar was touched he  would massacre everyone. And thus there are only add-ons .

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The Altar used for daily services.

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We proceeded for lunch after that to a place called Amaltea, which is known to have good vegetarian food ( since some of the people with us were vegetarian ). The veg lasagna was good. I didn’t particularly enjoy the pasta with artichokes and arugala, since it was bland. It needed to be spiced up with tobasco and needed more salt.

Post lunch we headed back to Seville 🙂

We proceeded for lunch after that to a place called Amaltea, which is known to have good vegetarian food ( since some of the people with us were vegetarian ). The veg lasagna was good. I didn’t particularly enjoy the pasta with artichokes and arugala, since it was bland. It needed to be spiced up with tobasco and needed more salt.

Post lunch we headed back to Seville 🙂

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