Nice old town where mosque is church

Trip Start Feb 19, 2010
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Trip End Jan 31, 2012


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Flag of Spain  , Andalusia,
Sunday, June 13, 2010

Basically decided to visit Cordoba since someone had suggested it to me and since it broke the journey between Cazorla and Seville into two smaller trip so that I would not loose a day in transit and have a couple of half days to go a wandering.

Day 1
Arrived in Cordorba and caught the bus towards the old town. Had no real idea which stop I had to get off at but forunatlely once again managed to pick the right stop. Only had the lonely planet map and given all the small missing streets, the twists and turns of real streets not appearing on the map and street names being different (town slowly changing street names with a number of them having two signs) only managed to find the hostel using various landmarks on the map.

Wandered the streets a bit. Seems like a nice town. Once again can see a significant muslim ennarrow streets) but with a significant spanish influence. As you can probably guess, main attractions of twon are the castle and church. Visited the Mezquits first. This place is basically a mosque that had the the center of it chopped out and a cathedral dumped into the middle of it.

Would have liked to have seen the original mosque but would guess that if someone hadnt had the bright idea of sticking a church in the middle of it then the place probably would have been destroyed completely years ago.

Spent a fair bit of time wandering round the muslim pray halls and through the cathedral. Found the place interesting to wander around in and its definately big in torms of the floor space it covers. Also a number of interesting pieces in the place and the cathedral was of the style where every piece of space on it walls and ceilngs was covered in some form of art whether painting or decorative artwork.

Next headed down towards the river and the reconsructed roman bridge then basically spent the rest of the day wandering around town visiting various buildings, walls, ruins and churches marked on the tourist map. Wandered to the Museo Arqueologico which thankfully was still open. Nice enough museum with lots of roman statues and other various roman items. Fnally ended the day with a bit more wandering around the streets.


Day 2
Decided to start the day by wandering through the streets to Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, the local castle. Had some nice views of the town and nearby river and gardens from the castle tower and spent some time wandering around the castle gardens.

Had decided to wander around the city visiting as many of the various historical sites highlighted on the tourist map as I could. Along the way, walked past the military college which seemed to be having some sort of procession. Watched this for a while before continuing on and finding some sort of bull fighting pictorial display in a nearby plaza.

While wandering around the various parts of town also visited the Museo Julio Romero de Torres and Museo de Belles Arts gallaries. Both places had some interesting paintings haning on there walls.

In the end ended up being a pretty long day of just wandering, looking at interesting buildings and wandering into any of them that were open (usually just the churches).

Found the town to be an interesting place to wander and am happy that someone had suggested it as a place to visit. Have found that one of the problems with travelling (provided to dont want to wander aimlessly) is that there are too many possibly places to visit and never enough time to fit in those that seem they might be interetsing. As a result its always useful to get suggestion for places to visit.
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