Moorish Architecture in Cordoba, Spain

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With Cordoba having a long and illustrious history as the capital of Moorish Al-Andalus, it is no wonder that most of its charm can be traced back to its Moorish past. Even when the caliphate eventually crumbled and was overtaken by the Spanish kings, their culture and architecture is so entrenched that you can see the examples of Moorish architecture every which way you turn. Chief of this is the Mezquita, easily one of the greatest examples of Moorish architecture not just in Spain but also in the entire world.

At the Mezquita, you first step into the Moorish inspired Patio de Los Naranjos, with its orange trees and fountains. In fact, this used to be where the Moors did their ablutions before they entered the Mosque to worship. Entering the actual Mosque is immersing yourself in a forest of graceful columns and candy cane-striped arches. The mihrab is again, of Moorish design. It is a marvelous piece of marble carved into a niche.

Another example is the Alcazar. Although it was built by King Alfonso XI, its gardens are of Moorish design and boast trees and aromatic plants, hedges, fountains, and fountains. There is a Moorish bath house, with skylights and cold, hot and warm baths. A waterwheel provides water into the Alcazar for use of their caliphs.

The historic Jewish quarter (La Judería) also displays the peaceful coexistence of the Muslim and Jewish community. Its market exudes a decidedly exotic and Moorish air.