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Historic Centre of Córdoba

Historic Centre of Córdoba: The most famous building and the symbol of Córdoba is the Great Mosque. The Mosque of Córdoba is the largest and one of the oldest mosques in Europe. The mosque is located in the historic centre of Cordóba in Spain. The Mosque of Córdoba was built between 785 and 987. The famous red and white striped horseshoe-shaped arches resembles those of Aachen Cathedral, which was built almost at the same time. The Mezquita of Córdoba, the Great Mosque of Córdoba, was converted into a church when King Ferdinand III of Castile reconquered Córdoba in 1236. A cathedral was built inside the mosque in 1523. The Mosque of Córdoba and the Alhambra in Granada are the most notable monuments of Arabic architecture in the Western World. Another imposing monument in the historic centre of Córdoba is the 14th century Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, the water gardens of the palace were laid out on three terraces. The Historic Centre of Córdoba was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1984.

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Historic Centre of Córdoba - Historic Centre of Córdoba: Important architectural elements of the Mezquita of Córdoba, the Great Mosque of...

Historic Centre of Córdoba: Important architectural elements of the Mezquita of Córdoba, the Great Mosque of Córdoba, are the double horseshoe-shaped arches. There are 860 columns to support the roof of the mosque, the columns support the red brick and white stone arches. The Great Mosque of Córdoba is situated in the Historic Centre of Córdoba. 

  1. Historic Centre of Córdoba - Historic Centre of Córdoba: Important architectural elements of the Mezquita of Córdoba, the Great Mosque of...

    Historic Centre of Córdoba: Important architectural elements of the Mezquita of Córdoba, the Great Mosque of Córdoba, are the double horseshoe-shaped arches. There are 860 columns to support the roof of the mosque, the columns support the red brick and white stone arches. The Great Mosque of Córdoba is situated in the Historic Centre of Córdoba. 

  2. Historic Centre of Córdoba - Historic Centre of Córdoba: The chancel and choir of the cathedral inside the Great Mosque. During the Spanish Reconquista,...

    Historic Centre of Córdoba: The chancel and choir of the cathedral inside the Great Mosque. During the Spanish Reconquista, the Mosque of Córdoba was converted into church in 1236. A cathedral was built inside the Mosque of Córdoba in 1523. Sadly, more than 400 columns were removed in order to construct the Cathedral of Córdoba. Originally, there were 1,293 columns.

  3. Historic Centre of Córdoba - Historic Centre of Córdoba: The Great Mosque of Córdoba is situated on the left hand side, the Cathedral of Córdoba on the...

    Historic Centre of Córdoba: The Great Mosque of Córdoba is situated on the left hand side, the Cathedral of Córdoba on the right hand side. The construction of the mosque started in 785 and lasted more than two centuries. The columns are made of granite, jasper, marble and onyx and support the red brick and white stone horseshoe shaped arches.

  4. Historic Centre of Córdoba - Historic Centre of Córdoba: The 13th century Royal Chapel inside the Great Mosque of Córdoba. The Mosque of Córdoba...

    Historic Centre of Córdoba: The 13th century Royal Chapel inside the Great Mosque of Córdoba. The Mosque of Córdoba is the largest and one of the oldest mosques in Europe. The Alhambra in Granada and the Great Mosque of Córdoba are the most magnificent monuments of Arabic architecture in the Western World. 

  5. Historic Centre of Córdoba - Historic Centre of Córdoba: The 16th century Corpus Christi monstrance is one of the treasuries of the Cathedral of...

    Historic Centre of Córdoba: The 16th century Corpus Christi monstrance is one of the treasuries of the Cathedral of Córdoba. The monstrance has a height of 2.62 metres, the piece of jewellery was made by a German goldsmith, the monstrance is situated in the Capilla Teresa, the Chapel of Saint Theresa, also known as the Chapel Treasury.

  6. Historic Centre of Córdoba - Historic Centre of Córdoba: The Torre del Alminar in the Courtyard of the Orange Trees. The 93 metres high Torre del Alminar was...

    Historic Centre of Córdoba: The Torre del Alminar in the Courtyard of the Orange Trees. The 93 metres high Torre del Alminar was built in the 16th century. The  Baroque tower was built over the minaret of the Great Mosque of Córdoba. The Historic Centre of Córdoba was inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List in 1984.

  7. Historic Centre of Córdoba - Historic Centre of Córdoba: The Puerta de San Ildefonso was  built in the 10th century as one of the entrances into the...

    Historic Centre of Córdoba: The Puerta de San Ildefonso was  built in the 10th century as one of the entrances into the Great Mosque of Córdoba. The gate is situated on the western façade of mosque. The Great Mosque of Córdoba is the most important monument in the historic centre of Córdoba. The Dutch artist Escher was inspired by the architecture of the Great Mosque.

  8. Historic Centre of Córdoba - Historic Centre of Córdoba: The water gardens of the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos were laid out on three terraces. The palace and...

    Historic Centre of Córdoba: The water gardens of the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos were laid out on three terraces. The palace and gardens were built in the 14th century. The palace is also known as the Alcazar of Córdoba. In 1478, the Spanish Inquisition was established in the Alcazar and it remained the headquarters of the Spanish Inquisition for three centuries.

  9. Historic Centre of Córdoba - Historic Centre of Córdoba: The water fountain in the 14th century gardens of the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos. The palace...

    Historic Centre of Córdoba: The water fountain in the 14th century gardens of the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos. The palace served as one of the many residences of Queen Isabella I of Castile and KIng Ferdinand II of Aragon. The palace also served as a garrison for the troops of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1810. The Historic Centre of Córdoba became an UNESCO World Heritage in 1984.