The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba is a mosque turned cathedral in the city of Cordoba, Spain. It is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. According to history, it has its origins dating back to the year 785 when it served as a mosque and was known as the Mezquita or Great Mosque of Córdoba, which was locally referred to as Mezquita de Córdoba. In modern times, the Cordoba Mosque or the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba is also known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, which happens to be its ecclesiastical name.
The Cordoba Mosque stands as an example of a blend in culture and architecture of the east and west. Its architectural design has Islamic art forms uniformly blended with Christian elements.
The architectural choices like the double arches, the horseshoe arch with a semi-circular arch atop it, designs with red brick and stone, are some of the key architectural elements that are world-famous.
The bell tower, Patio de los Naranjos, Mihrab, and the Prayer hall are some of the major highlights with amazing works of art and architecture. Patio de los Naranjos serves as an entrance to the mosque featuring a courtyard with flourishing trees and flourishing fountains. The 54m tall Belltower of Mezquita de Cordoba provides an astounding bird’s eye view of the city.
A. The Great Mosque of Cordoba is commonly known as the Cordoba Mosque or Mezquita de Cordoba. It is also known as the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba.
A. The Great Mosque of Cordoba was originally built in785 AD during the reign of Abd ar-Rahman I and was converted into a cathedral in 1236.
A. The Great Mosque of Cordoba is a UNESCO World Heritage which was originally a mosque that was later converted into a cathedral, thus and holding historic importance and exhibiting both the cultural and architectural art forms.
A. After Cordoba was captured by King Ferdinand III of Castile, The Great Mosque of Cordoba was converted into a cathedral in 1236.
A. Yes, Great Mosque of Cordoba tickets are available online.
A. It takes about two hours to drive from the Cordoba airport to the Great Mosque of Cordoba.
A. The Great Mosque of Cordoba holds a crucial historical significance as it is a standing example of presence of Islam in the west. Moreover, it stands as an example of beautiful blending of two religion, their culture, art and architecture. This makes this UNESCO World Heritage worth a visit.