The Mezquita of Cordoba with 360 Panorama
The Mezquita of Cordoba, Spain is unlike any other building we’ve ever seen. Built on the ruins of a Visigoth church between 784 and 987AD, the Mezquita is the largest surviving Moorish mosque on the Iberian peninsula. It’s world-renowned for its stunning arched hypostyle hall and exceptionally ornate mihrab. When Catholic rulers regained control of Cordoba, they cut an enormous chunk out of the heart of the sprawling medieval mosque and constructed a towering cathedral right in the middle of it. The result is a unique mosque-church hybrid with wildly contradictory architectural and artistic styles. We love it!!! And so does UNESCO, which recognizes the Mezquita as a World Heritage Site.
TIPS: Don’t miss the beautiful technicolor side-chapel, the mihrab, and the the marble columns at the center of the building, which were taken from an earlier Roman temple. Individuals visiting between 8:30 and 10:00 AM are admitted free of charge, but tour groups are only allowed in after 10 AM. Anyone visiting after 10 AM pays an 8 Euro entry fee.