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Cordoba’s Secrets

Córdoba, in Andalusia, has an unusual cathedral. Unusual in that it was built within a mosque. Not on the former grounds of one, or as an adaptation of one, but actually totally and utterly in the middle of one.

The gilt-edged dome shoots up from within a cavernous area of low-lit arches, a labyrinth of more than 850 granite, jasper and marble columns.

It’s certainly these arches, that dome and the history of the Mezquita that dazzle first time visitors, yet Córdoba has an eye for detail everywhere.

This Friday I thought I’d celebrate Córdoba’s overlooked artistic success – its unusual doorways.

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4 Responses to Cordoba’s Secrets

  1. Sarah V. March 5, 2010 at 3:43 pm #

    Gorgeous! I used to teach art history, and I loved talking about this building. Hopefully I’ll get to see it in person some day!

  2. jessiev March 6, 2010 at 1:23 am #

    gorgeous doorways! i love looking up but never thought to take photos of doorways – now i’ve got a new way to learn about a culture. thanks!

  3. Name Tags March 6, 2010 at 3:38 pm #

    I agree with @jessuev, the idea of taking pictures of doorways has never crossed my mind, but as I look back over my travels, I would have quite the unique collection. Thanks for the idea!

  4. Abi March 8, 2010 at 3:54 pm #

    Sarah – I agree – both the history and the architecture of the Mezquita are absolutely fascinating. I would have loved to have had a lesson on its art history from you!

    As for the doorways, I also seem to have collections of drain covers, postboxes and markets. That probably makes me weird but it interests me that humans can reinvent such everyday items in so many different and beautiful ways.