Mezquita Cathedral is one of the most important historical monuments in Córdoba, a beautiful city in southern Spain and former residence of the Moorish Caliphs.
The cathedral contains both Moorish and Christian architecture and a unique and fascinating combination of styles. However, Oriental design dominates the building. The building complex that surrounds the courtyard and its orange trees is known as the Patio de los Naranjos and is one of the most beautiful Islamic buildings in the world.
The immense prayer hall is the glorious focal point of the Mezquita and its several hundred columns and horseshoe arches create an oasis of stone. The 16th century cathedral is located in the middle of a splendid forest of columns and precious marble and paintings by Palomino decorate the main altar.
Here, the Moors created a solid and enduring monument of their art and one of Córdoba’s most outstanding landmarks.
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