Córdoba, once the heart of al-Andalus, was a beautiful city whose acclaimed cathedral did not disappoint. I enjoyed walking around the city stopping for tapas and pastries, but also being amazed by how sometimes when I turned a corner, a beautifully old church or Roman ruin would just pop out of nowhere.
The main attraction of Córdoba is the “Mezquita,” an enormous cathedral dating back to around the 710s. However, what differentiates ‘The Mezquita’ from every other Christian place of worship is its history. It was first a church, then a mosque, and finally a cathedral.
Since my project focuses on Spanish-Arab relations, visiting a famous landmark which honors both the Catholic and Muslim faiths seemed like a perfect stop on my trip.
Additionally on this short visit, I went to the Casa Arabe, a cultural center that helps to unify Spain and the Arab world, and visited two art exhibitions by Arab artists. Casa Arabe hosts informational events and language classes for those who want to learn more, but I was unable to attend any of these because of my short stay in Cordoba.
I also went to a museum in the Calahorra Tower called “The Living Museum of al-Andalus” which was an exposition of famous philosophers, musical instruments, and art from the medival period of al-Andalus.
Though this museum was small, it emphasized how there was indeed a period in time where Christianity, Islam, and Judaism all lived rather harmoniously.