The Great Mosque of Cordoba, a universal gem
The Great Mosque, universal symbol of Moorish heritage in Spain, and one of history's most extraordinary works of art, awaits you in Cordoba. Come and admire this architectural jewel - a unique space made up of forms, light, columns and colours, where you will feel all the splendour of ancient Al-Andalus.
In the heart of Andalusia, in the historic old town of Cordoba, the "Mezquita", or Great Mosque, stands majestically, proud of its history. Come and discover this incredible monument. It is not just the symbol of a city, but also a designated World Heritage Site. Its beauty, nobility and perfection make this one of the most impressive works of art in the world.
Look inside the Great Mosque for a unique, exciting experience. Its atmosphere will surround you in magic, take you back to times of past splendour and call to mind scenes of sultans and princesses from The Thousand and One Nights. Be sure to come to this house of prayer where numerous architectural and artistic styles come together in a unique way. Above all, come and discover its more than five hundred columns supporting rows of arches, that make up a forest of strange red and black perspectives, light and form - an unprecedented, fascinating labyrinth. On your visit you will be amazed by sumptuous doorways, domes, rooms with stunning decoration, carved marble pieces that are real works of art, mosaics, tiles, pictures... This host of delightful details makes the Great Mosque an extraordinary gem, dazzling all who come.
There are endless surprises awaiting you in this ancient house of worship. Inside, at the centre of its forest of columns, a great Christian cathedral suddenly rises up. Construction on it began in the 16th century within the Great Mosque, and it is an architectural wonder in its own right, with a range of different styles that go from the Gothic to the Baroque.
Just outside the Great Mosque itself you will find the peace and tranquillity of the Patio de los Naranjos(Orange Tree Courtyard), a bright, stunning garden, perfect to rest and to take a stroll in the shady cool of its fountains and trees, surrounded by the scent of orange blossom.
The Great Mosque is a symbol of Cordoba and of worldwide art. It is just one of the many treasures to be found in the city of Cordoba, whose historic centre, on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, has endless monuments, winding streets and passages, typical courtyards, churches and old city walls - a spectacle that will be impressed upon your memory forever.
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