A closer look at UNESCO WHS: Historic Centre of Córdoba

24 05 2009

Name: Historic Centre of Córdoba
Country: Spain
Type: Cultural
Year of inscription: 1984, extended in 1994
The site in Google Maps

Cordoba is a city in Andalusia, Southern Spain. It’s located on the banks of the Guadalquivir river and it was founded in ancient Roman times as Corduba by Claudius Marcellus.
In 711 AD, Cordoba, as many other Andalusian cities, was conquered by the Moors. They turned the city into a cultural place, with mosques and palaces. The large Cordoba Mosque was modelled after the mosque in Damascus, and is a real masterpiece. The surrounding neighbourhood formed the heart of the city.
After the Moors left, Cordoba got a more Christian atmosphere.

I received two different postcards of the site:

This card shows some places of interest in Cordoba:

And this card shows the Great Mosque of Cordoba, or in Spanish, Mezquita. Originally built as a church, after the Muslim conquest the building was confiscated for use as a mosque. After the Spanish Reconquista, it was returned to its original use as a church. Today it houses the main church of the diocese of Cordoba in Spain.

I have visited Cordoba. 🙂