The Mosques of Cordoba, commonly known as the Great Mosque of Cordoba or the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, is a former mosque that is now the Catholic cathedral of the Diocese of Cordoba.
This majestic building is a witness to the glory of Islam in Andalusia. Until now, the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba is a stunning building for two religious people, namely Islam and Christianity.
Here are portraits and some facts about the legendary Mosques of Cordoba.
- The Mosque of Cordoba was built by the Umayyad ruler Abd ar-Raḥmān I in 784–786, which was later expanded in the 9th and 10th centuries
- Once one of the largest sacred buildings for Muslims, the Cordoba Mosque stands majestically on an area of 2.4 hectares
- The building was again taken over by the Christian government in 1236 or during the Reconquista, which made it converted into a Roman Catholic church
- The Mosques of Cordoba are quite famous for their arches and pillars which make them more beautiful and artistic
- They are all made of quality stones such as jasper, onyx, marble, and granite taken from the Roman temple that previously occupied this site
- In addition, the Renaissance-style cathedral is located in the center of this building. The cathedral was started by Bishop Alonso Manrique in 1523
- The ornaments in it combine Gothic, Baroque, and Renaissance styles that blend with Islamic arches
- This cathedral also has a minaret called Torre del Alminar. With a height of 93 meters, it allows anyone who climbs to see the view of the city of Cordoba
- In 1984, the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba was added to the UNESCO list of world heritage sites as part of the historical center of the city of Cordoba
The splendor that is accompanied by a very long historical background, makes the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba one of the main tourist attractions in Spain, especially Cordoba.
No doubt, there are about 1.5 million tourists from all over the world who visit this site every year. Are you interested in visiting it?