The Cathedral neighborhood from the other side of the Roman BridgeSee your wall, your towers and your river,
Your plain and saw,
Oh country, oh flower of Spain! ”
And it is that this historic Spanish city that rests on the banks of the Guadalquivir offers the visitor so many beauties and experiences that make a weekend not serve to break them down as it deserves.
While walking through the tangle of narrow streets that make up the Jewish Quarter, read the little historical summary about Cordova They had left me on the little table in the Andalusian patio of the house that I had rented through Niumba, the Tripadvisor apartment rental portal present in more than 160 countries.
This neighborhood adjacent to the most emblematic monument of Córdoba, its mosque-cathedral, was the economic and social heart of which it was considered the most populous city in the known world during the century of its maximum splendor, the X.
The narrow and picturesque streets of the historic center
The capital of the Caliphate of Córdoba - and therefore Al Andalus - lived under the mandate Al-Hakam II, its best years - around 1000 - and was considered one of the most modern cities in the world, as well as a vital economic, political and cultural center. The Mosque of Cordoba, built during this period, became the largest in the world - only surpassed, later, by the Blue Mosque in Istanbul - and its library had almost 1 million volumes.
But as has happened so many times in history, the decline came as soon as religious radicalisms began and internal struggles between bosses and leaders thirsty for power and wealth. The never-ending story that overthrows splendid civilizations in much less time than it cost them to reach its peak.
I let my imagination transport me to the golden years of the city while wandering towards one of the side entrances of the fabulous mosque-cathedral.
It was Sunday, but the innermost streets of the Jewish quarter were quiet, free of tourists. Everything changed when I ended up on Magistral González Francés street, on the side of the mosque.
Inner courtyard of the Mosque-Cathedral enclosure