Weekends are always exciting–today brought an excursion to Córdoba. We have read much about this city in particular so I was very excited to explore and see what it was all about. However–Córdoba is inland about three hours by bus, and the temperature reached approximately 112 degrees fahrenheit in the afternoon.
Once in the city we went to a museum of Jewish heritage, most of the Jews were expelled from Spain so this Synagogue keeps the history of the people alive. Many of these people’s descendants, who still live abroad in other places, keep the Spanish heritage alive by speaking Spanish and some even still have the keys to their old Córdoba houses.
After the museum we walked through the city to a few plaza’s and important courtyards in Córdoba’s history. The importance of hearing the varied history of these cities is indescribable. This particular city was particularly essential to the convivencia–or period of history when Christians, Jews, and Muslims began living together peacefully.
Después de shopping (in a town known for silver), we visited the Mosque/Cathedral of Córdoba. This is an extremely interesting site. Originally built with the purpose of being a Catholic Church, it was later made into half Mosque, half church when the Muslims conquered Spain in 711. In 1236 when the Cordoba was conquered by King Ferdinand III of Castile, the mosque was converted into a Catholic Church. Later when Charles V, King of Castile and Aragon, visited the church he said “they have taken something unique in all the world and destroyed it to build something you can find in any city.”