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“Very impressive indeed”

Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
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Historical Cordoba Guided Walking Tour
Ranked #1 of 140 things to do in Cordoba
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Roman Catholic church that was once a mosque. Blending many architectural styles, the structure evolved over the centuries.
Fife, Scotland
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“Very impressive indeed”
Reviewed December 1, 2013

It's a bit difficult to appreciate the layout of this attraction from looking at pictures in guide books, but once you go there you won't fail to be bowled over by the magnificent architecture and the sheer scale of it.

Visited October 2013
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Reviewed December 1, 2013 via mobile

The Mezquita is a really interesting place. It's massive and the architecture is stunning. The surrounding area is quaint and close to the city centre. Actually preferred the Mezquita and Cordoba to nearby Alhambra and Granada. Worth a visit - recommended.

Visited December 2013
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“Honestly not worth the side trip from Seville/Granada to see this "cash cow"”
Reviewed December 1, 2013

The scale of the building, its legendary arches and of course the Mihrab are beautiful ... but everything else about this was a disappointment. We had scheduled a half-day in Cordoba but worked our way through the Cathedral (one of the very few places of interest open on a Monday—not their fault, of course) in about an hour and were on the bus to Granada four hours early.

For €8 I expected at least a little "curation" but unlike in many other cathedrals, there were absolutely no explanations anywhere. It was very dark as well.

A lapsed Catholic myself, I don't hold the present-day church responsible for the centuries-ago desecration of the Mezquita's heritage as a Muslim holy site. And I am no great defender of "multi-culturalism", particularly when it takes the form of religious fundamentalism/extremism, especially in otherwise secular societies. But somehow it felt as though the church could do a lot more to recognise the site's almost unique place in Western history. (Sure, to the victors go the spoils but why not be a more gracious winner?)

Visited November 2013
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“Absolutely spectacular”
Reviewed December 1, 2013

This is the epitome of convivientes, and the confluence of three cultures: Muslim, Judaism, and Christianity. The areas pertaining to Judaism are not really clear, although there is a small synagogue there. The Christian influence is very ornate and feels very busy (by nature of the architecture). The Mosque area is uniquely fabulous - it's very meditative, the architecture is marvelous and unbelievable.

Visited November 2013
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Madrid, Spain
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“Fascinating place”
Reviewed November 27, 2013

You have to see the Cathedral Mosque to appreciate how strange and interesting it is. If you are in Cordoba, this is the one thing you must definitely see.

Visited November 2013
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