Mezquitas, Cathedrals, and Synagogues oh my!
Trip Start Aug 24, 2010
14Trip End Dec 21, 2010
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On Saturday Sidra, Jayme, Marcela, Kat, Kim, and I went to Cordoba. We ended up running into another group from UPO and decided to go around together. First we went to Alcazar de los Reyes Catolicos (The Palace of the Catholic King and Queen). This was one of Ferdinand and Isabellas palaces, and it was this particular one that Christopher Colombus first asked the king to support his trip across the ocean. The palace was cool, the view from the tower was awesome, but the gardens were spectacular.
After the Alcazar we went to the main attraction of Cordoba- the Mezquita
Spain was an Islamic country for close to 700 years (not all of Spain was Islamic for the whole time, the last few hundred years include the Reconquista, the reconquest of Spain by the Christian kingdoms from the north of Spain). Cordoba was the capital of Al-Andalus (the Islamic name of Spain... fun fact the name Spain comes from the Roman name Hispania, which means land of rabbits) so it has a lot of Arabic architecture throughout the city, including the mezquita. When the Christians reconquest took Cordoba they changed the mosque into a cathedral (a typical move to show superiority and conquest). However this place is one of a kind since they did not remove all of the Islamic characteristics, so it could still be considered a mosque, however the Catholic church forbids Muslims to use it as a place of worship today. This mosque was one of the greatest in Al-Andalus because the Iberian caliph wanted to show that the Iberian peninsula was just as important, and possibly even better, than the capital in the Mid East. The Christian Kingdoms finally ended Islamic rule in the peninsula in 1492 at Granada... the same year that Christopher Colombus found the Americas.
The mezquita/cathedral was amazing
To complete the tour of religions we decided to visit the Jewish quarter of Cordoba and see the old synagogue. This one is no longer in use (at least I dont think it is). Just like the mosque, I have never been in a synangogue before and didn't know what to expect. This one was really small, and very white. They also decorate things in geometric patterns mostly so that there are many pointed stars everywhere. There was also some Hebrew writing on the walls.
Overall it was a very interesting day and I really enjoyed learning all of the history behind Cordoba.
When I got home I found out that two international students at PC had died in a car accident. Even though I never knew them it was sad to hear about it since I am study abroad student.
On Sunday I went to a market but didn't find anything
On Thursday I started packing for my trip to Italy! For lunch Ana made espinaca and garbanzos (spinach and garbanzos/chick peas), a very traditional Andalusian meal. It also had an egg on top. I think this is one of my favorite spanish meals along with paella. :)
So I will end this post here and the next will be filled with roman adventures! Be sure to look at the pics and comment!