Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba tickets and guided tours
Soaring double arches, granite columns, and intricate geometric decorations: the Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba (also known as the Mezquita) is a serene ...In the top 5 attractions for Cordoba
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Soaring double arches, granite columns, and intricate geometric decorations: the Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba (also known as the Mezquita) is a serene yet awesome beauty. Not only a magnificent example of Moorish and Islamic architecture, it’s also a fascinating reflection of the city’s past and the many civilizations that once inhabited it. Declared an Asset of Cultural Interest and World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984, in 2007 it was included among the twelve Treasures of Spain by popular vote. It is one of the most beautiful and unique buildings in the world and one of the most visited monuments in Spain.
Built In 784 by Abd al-Rahman I on the site of a former Visigoth church, it was expanded several times over by later Muslim rulers until the Reconquista in 1236, when Cordoba once again fell under Christian rule. It was then converted into a Roman Catholic church, which led to the addition of a Renaissance cathedral nave and its unusual status as a cathedral-mosque.