Today we went to Córdoba for a day trip. We toured are the historic district which was enclosed with city gates similar to the walls of the Castillo de San Marco. Our tour guide said that the walls were 23 km long. Inside we visited a few different plazas with large statues and saw the setup for a few concerts. It was so hot there!! It was probably the hottest we have been since we got here and it was very dry. We were all guzzling down water like there was no tomorrow.
Originally we had planned on skipping our lunch break for this trip but the heat convinced us otherwise. We split into small groups to grab some lunch and get a little shopping done. Yasmeen and I split the most delicious dish! Essentially, it was cubes of brie, lightly battered and fried, then covered with a strawberry sauce and surrounded by some dried berries. It is the only place we have seen that dish but now we know to be on the lookout.
After lunch, we went to the Córdoba Cathedral. Originally it was a mosque, but then it was converted to a cathedral. The whole thing was open with arches everywhere, but no walls separating most of the inside. It was so beautiful! It was probably the most interesting religious site we’ve seen due to the way it was converted. You could obviously see the different styles of architecture and design right on top of each other. Islamic, gothic and Renaissance styles were all juxtaposed in the most interesting way. It was amazing to see and I’m so happy that I made it through that heat. When the tour was over, I chugged a bottle of water and fell right asleep on the bus.