Excursion: Cordoba
Cordoba was, ten centuries ago, one of the greatest cities in the world. It was the capital of Muslim Spain and Europe's largest city. At that time it had public baths, mosques, a great library and numerous palaces. Unfortunately, with Spain's mixed history, each successive conqueror carried away much of the cities treasures and destroyed many of it's buildings. Nevertheless it still retains much of it's fascination and is a wonderful place to visit for it's atmosphere, artistic and architectural heritage and it's wonderful homes. The city recently became one of UNESCO's World Heritage sites and that honour also indicates it's value as a place to visit.
The city's main attraction has to be it's wonderful Mezquita-Catedral de Cordoba, The Mosque Cathedral. This dates from the 8th century and was the ultimate Muslim achievement in Europe, rivalled only by the Mosque in Mecca itself. The building is called the Mosque-Cathedral  because, after the reconquest a Christian cathedral was built inside of the original mosque, giving the whole site a strange and wonderful mix of styles and turning it into an architectural oddity.
Ferdinand and Isabella stayed in Cordoba at The Alcazar de los Reyes Christianos whilst waiting to recapture Granada from the Moors and it is here that Columbus came to convince Isabella to support his journey which led to the discovery of America.
Our tour includes a guided visit to the Mosque-Cathedral, a visit to the Jewish Quarter and a guided walk through the patios and gardens for which Cordoba is renowned. There is time for you to explore a bit of the city centre on your own. and an optional inclusive lunch is available.
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