Cordoba has a rich history being a Roman city, during the ancient time; an Islamic caliphate during the domination of the Moslems and an exciting Spanish city that it is today. Situated as one of Andalusia’s top cities, Cordoba exudes that old town spirit with a lot of landmarks that serves as reminders of its glorious past. At the same time, it has kept a modern spirit that will surely give the tourist utmost fun and enjoyment.
Cordoba is one of the biggest Old Towns in Europe. The Unesco has declared the city as one of the world heritage sites. The city’s great landmark is the Great Mosque of Cordoba, which is the current city Cathedral of Cordoba. Known officially as the Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion or the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Ascention; the cathedral is a monument to the old town past and Cordoba’s great architecture. The church was originally a pagan place of worship until it was taken by the Visigoths. When the Moslems conquered the area; they built a mosque on top of what is known as the Great Mosque. During the Reconquest or the Spanish Reconquista it was converted into a Roman Catholic church.
For three centuries the Great Mosque was central to the Islamic faith. Cordoba has been the center of the beauty of Islamic architecture and design. Islamic poet Muhammad Iqbal described the mosque as the one that made “Andalusia pure as the holy land.” The edifice is noted for its hypostyle hall with more than 800 columns of jasper, onyx, granite and marble. The columns were made from the existing columns of the pagan place of worship and other Roman-era buildings that were destroyed.
Nearby one could find the Jewish quarter or the Juderia. This section of the town is characterized with irregular streets such as the Calle de las Flores and the CalledelPanuelo which is the location of the local synagogue and the Sephardic House. The Juderiais one of the places in Cordoba that best represents the essence of Andalusian life. The narrow streets of the Juderia will bring you back in time. There are a lot of Andalusian houses that you can enter and check. A short walk from the Juderia will bring you to the Roman bridge where you can find a lot of shops if you have that shopping itch.
Going out at night in Cordoba is a sampling of Spanish night club culture. While most of the people in other places go out on weekends; most Spaniards do it even during weekdays. Like any other place in Spain, night life starts at around 11 pm; however the real fun starts around one in the morning and ends around three to four in the morning. You can sample alternative Spanish music at Calle Alfonso XIII which is located near City Hall. You can visit the Near Soul club in Alfaros 29 street and the La Comuna which is located at Calle Cano Primero. Soho is another great place to sample Billboard’s latest hits amid the background of a Spanish old city. There are other nice places to visit to sample the Cordoban night life such as Vial Norte and the El Brilliante.
Visiting Cordoba is something that you should do at least once in your lifetime. It is not only a historical tour but a complete vacation package that will make your holiday one of most unforgettable moments of your life.