nfortunately my trip to Cordoba was just a quick day trip, so I did not get to see all of the interesting places to visit that the city has to offer. I did get to see the old Roman bridge, with the guard tower at one end, and the old Moorish mosque. The bridge was in excellent condition for having been 2000 years old. Even more remarkable than the fact that the bridge still existed after all of these years was that it is still being actively used to this day by both pedestrian and vehicular traffic!

The main attraction in Cordoba is the Mesquita, or mosque, left over from when the Moorish culture was in ascendancy in the area. Cordoba was the "capital city", so to speak, of the moorish holdings in southern Spain. As such, one of the more impressive buildings that was constructed by the Moors was the mosque. It is a very large building, and it has a unique feature. After the reconquest, in the center of the old mosque's structure, part of the original building was torn out and a cathedral was built and melded right into the original structure. This unusual feature was fortunate in that it left most of the original mosque standing, unlike in other cities where the Moorish mosques were simply destroyed.

Although it may not be obvious from these photos, the size of the mosque is impressive. The building was constructed/expanded in several phases as rulers wanted to leave successively more grandiose monuments to their having existed. It is possible to stand at one end of the building and just see the columns recede into the distance, and not be able to clearly see where the other side of the building is. It was interesting to note that the columns used throughout the mosque were, in many cases, different than the ones adjacent to each other. It turns out that the Moors had reused columns from structures built previously by the Goths in building the Mesquita, sometimes mixing designs from column to column.

As in many other cities and towns in Spain, many of the streets and buildings go back many hundreds of years. There are many twisty streets and narrow alleyways like this one in Cordoba throughout many other towns and cities in Andalucia.

As we wandered around some of the streets trying to find a place to eat, we noticed that many houses had their outer doors open so that people could see into the inner courtyards. It turned out that there was a contest on at the time to determine who had the most attractive courtyard in the area, so the public was able to have a look..... so I took this picture to show how the interors of many houses look.