Córdoba is only a 45 minute ride on the fast train from Sevilla which makes it an excellent day trip. It is also a fairly small city with only a few major sites that we were interested in seeing. Its past history is notable for having served as a regional capital for both the Romans and the Moors. It is said to have been the second largest city in Europe in the tenth century.
The Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba or Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption is one of the most unusual Cathedrals that we have ever been in. According to one account, a small Visigoth church, the Catholic Basilica of Saint Vincent of Lérins, originally stood on the site. In 784 Abd al-Rahman I ordered construction of the Great Mosque, which was considerably expanded by later Muslim rulers. Córdoba returned to Christian rule in 1236 during the reconquest by Christians, and the building was converted to a Roman Catholic church, culminating in the insertion of a Renaissance cathedral nave into the center of the Mosque in the 16th century.
Since the early 2000s, Spanish Muslims have lobbied the Roman Catholic Church to allow them to pray in the cathedral. This Muslim campaign has been rejected on multiple occasions, both by the church authorities in Spain and by the Vatican.
We all enjoyed Córdoba and would definitely recommend it for at least a day trip just to see the Mezquita as it is so different from any other cathedral in the world.
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