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Cordoba majestically displays the signs of its golden age when, under the Umayyad caliphate in the 10th century, it emerged as the most powerful and populated metropolis of the West.
The testimony to its grandeur is visible upon arriving through the majestic pedestrian Roman bridge, which crosses the wide Guadalquivir river, and the magnificent Mezquita, one of the largest mosques in the world.
Beside the temple, La Judería (the old Jewish quarter) retains its synagogue and a marvelous network of white passageways and blossoming patios, revealing the discreet elegance of the old capital.
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A fascinating heritage
The prayer hall of the Mosque is composed of a spectacular forest of more than 1000 columns of marble, jasper and granite, supporting overlapped arches. This masterpiece of Islamic architecture, a result of successive extensions and embellishments during more than two centuries, displays the evolution of the Cordoban Umayyad art, since the primitive mosque founded by Abd al-Rahman I in 785, to the heyday of the extension constructed by the caliph al-Hakam II, with the magnificent poly-lobed arches, ribbed domes and the mihrab, adorned with delicate mosaics proceeding from Constantinople. In the heart of the prayer hall resides the vertical Cathedral which was installed after the Christian conquest. It combines interesting samples of Renaissance and Baroque architecture.
Next to the holy temple is the Judería, the old Jewish Quarter which houses a synagogue of the 14th century, testimony that Cordoba was once a beacon of the Sephardic culture and birthplace of the philosopher Maimonides.
Cordoba perpetuates remarkably with its historical neighborhoods a dignified personality, in the sinuous net of immaculate white passages and in the intimacy of its blossoming patios whose colors and fragrances are wildly extravagant during the “Festival de los Patios” in May.
To capture the splendour of the Umayyad Caliphate, it is necessary to make a detour to the Palatine City of Madinat al-Zahra’ which exhibits a collection of sumptuous palaces seated on the slopes of Sierra Morena and overlooking the green Guadalquivir plain.