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Old March 15th, 2012, 08:30 AM   #1
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hkskyline's 2011 CORDOBA Photo Collection

The journey begins in Malaga. The high-speed train to Cordoba takes only an hour and there were barely any passengers on board this early morning service.



The Mezquita offers free admission in the mornings before a certain time. After dropping off my bags, I rushed into the historic centre to get in before the cutoff. 8 euros saved!



The outside is quite impressive, although the construction seems less Islamic than I had initially thought.





The courtyard had lots of shading for a good rest after the visit.



The building's history lies in the details.





Most of the columns that make up the interior are still remarkably intact from the Muslim era.













The Catholic cathedral stands in the middle, and offers a major architectural and lighting contrast to the dark and solemn red and white-columned space surrounding it.

























Impressed, I walked next door to look for more treasures. Christopher Columbus stepped into the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos to present to Ferdinand and Isabella his seafaring plans to the Far East. This fortress has a combination of defence structures and impressive gardens.



























The horse stables at Caballerizas Reales are open to the public to explore. Surprisingly it didn't smell at all, but real horses were training just outside.









The Jewish quarter rests along the western edge of the historic centre. The buildings generally have white exteriors, perhaps to reflect the intense sunshine that radiates throughout the year.

















An enthusiastic local, or fellow tourist?





Ruins of the old Muslim baths are located across from the Mezquita, where visiting patrons had to purify themselves before entering the mosque to pray.







Casa Andalusi is a 12th century house that is now a museum with many artifacts from the Muslim era and before.





































The full set : http://www.globalphotos.org/cordoba.htm


More of my Andalucia collection on SSC : Malaga
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Old March 15th, 2012, 07:56 PM   #2
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Beautiful and very nice photos from Cordoba
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Old March 15th, 2012, 09:19 PM   #3
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Nice photos, reminds me a lot of Morocco (not surprisingly). BTW those columns in Mezquita are, I believe, Roman.
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Old March 19th, 2012, 05:58 PM   #4
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The Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones has quite a mix of uses, from retail to restaurant to a tourist information centre. The interior courtyard is quite big, allowing patrons to enjoy a bit of serenity under the shaded hallways.













There are many different streetscapes around here, from old city walls to quiet courtyards to enjoy a nice drink.















































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Old April 12th, 2012, 07:07 AM   #5
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Plaza Tendillas is surrounded by more monumental architecture. With restaurant tables and water fountains, it is a lively square indeed.









I saw quite a lot of these lottery ticket shops all over Spain. It seems there's quite a big gambling addiction in the country. What surprised me was this stall was actually closed. Perhaps gamblers take siestas, too.







Alminar de la Plaza de San Juan dates from the 10th century is a remarkably well-preserved Muslim minaret. It is now part of a Christian church.

















Iglesia de San Nicolas de la Villa











Real Colegiata de San Hipolito



Mausoleo Romano - the Roman funerary chambers are located just outside the city walls.





Torre de la Malmuerta is a Medieval structure from the 15th century that replaced an Islamic building.







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Palacio de la Merced is the seat of the Provincial Government of Cordoba. Formerly a convent, it dates from the 18th century and sits across from the leafy Plaza de Colon.









Real Convento de San Pablo







Ruins of the roman temple, standing on top of a raised podium, are located next of the Town Hall. The archaeological site is quite large, and it's quite incredible some columns have survived two thousand years of wear and tear.



















Plaza de la Corredera is a monumental wide open space laid out in more recent times. There wasn't much activity in this early morning except for a small cafe that had some patrons eating breakfast. Perhaps it would get busier as the morning progresses.











Continuing the walking tour of the historic centre's eastern side ...







































While the Palacio de Viana looks plain on the outside, easily discounted by passers-by, the interiors are lavishly furnished and consists of multiple gardens that provide many serene and shaded places to enjoy the beautiful southern Spanish weather. However, photography inside the palace itself is not allowed, which is very unfortunate as each room had its own unique theme and character.





















































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Lots of flowers in the rightfully-named Calleja de las Flores.































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splendid photo collection from Cordoba...thanks for the effort.
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