Posted by: Holly | April 25, 2009

Cordoba, Spain

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During my Easter break in Spain, I met up with some friends in Barcelona (which I will blog about soon!), and then me and one of them traveled on to Cordoba and Granada…more Andalucian towns in Espana! Cordoba was so quaint, and we had so much fun exploring all of it!

Cordoba is well known for  “La Mezquita”, the third largest mosque in the world. It was originally built as a joint Christian-Muslim place of worship until the Christian portion was destroyed during the Muslim conquest of Spain and turned into a mosque.  The arabic arches are what you can see in my pictures!

The next day we went to the Museo Arqueologico, a Renaissance mansion where they discovered ancient Roman artifacts by accident and is now a museum! We went into so many museums, one of the most random and most…interesting…to say the least, was a torture museum- it was incredibly gruesome, but situated in the middle of town as if it was some fantastic place! We definetly got a laugh out of it and are thankful we didn’t live during the Medieval times…

Next up were the gardens of the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos- the old headquarters of the Spanish inquisition. The gardens were absoluetly breathtaking, full of flowers, trees, and little ponds

On our last day in Cordoba we went to
the Zoo!! It was a funny little Zoo, but we enjoyed it probably moreso than the billions of little Spanish kids running around. I particularly loved the elephant, and was sad that the hippo wouldn’t come out and swim around for us…

We also got the chance to watch a pretty authentic flamenco show, since it is such a big deal in Andalucia. Cordoba was such a wonderful little place and my friend and I had such a wonderful time exploring it all!

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