Mezquita, Cordoba, History and Tour

Mezquita History

Mezquita, it was once a mosque which now houses 16th century church. But prior to mosque there existed a church of San Vicente built during 6th century. There are some mosaic remains from that original church. Reading this much history of Mezquita had my mind confused and I was not sure what to expect as I stepped into the wonder of medieval world. The construction of Mezquita lasted 2 whole centuries. Abd ar Rahman I, the emir of Cordoba started this grand project. History mentions that The Mezquita held an original copy of Koran and an arm bone of Prophet Mohammed. This place was one of the major Muslim pilgrimage sites.

The Tour of Mezquita

Once inside for tour, the first impression was as if I had stepped into a forest of red and white striped columns and arches. An amazing place, as I passed by the columns I felt as if I was walking between different time intervals. This post has pics of the mosque part of Mezquita. I will cover the church part in another post.

It took us 2hours to complete the tour. But this monument deserves more time. Every corner had something to say or remind of its grand history.



There are 800 red and white columns with double arches. It is not brightly lit inside and I fumbled with my camera settings. It took a few clicks and adjustments to get some decent shots. Once I did that, I focused to frame but the symmetry everywhere stumped me. The columns are topped with double arches, one is the Romansque arch and the lower one a Visgothic horseshoe arch. From one end it seemed as if the columns extended to infinity.


The Prayer Hall Mihrab

The most important part, the prayer hall Mihrab, is an exquisite part of the mosque. It is a one of the most decorated part, a small room with a golden arch entrance. This part was built in 10th century by Al Hakam II. It is said that 3 thousand pounds of colored glass and enamel adorn the walls and the dome here. These were designed by Byzantine craftsmen then.

Mihrab, a semicircular niche in the wall of the mosque. It is in the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca and hence the direction that Muslims faced when praying.


The colorful dome


For ticket details and Cathedral tour see here: Cathedral of Mezquita, Cordoba; History, Tour and Ticketsย 

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34 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    What an awesome and incredible place, Indrani!! And your captures are superb as always!! Such amazing detail!! Thank you so much, as always, for sharing your trips/adventures — they're the next best thing to being there myself!! Have a great week!!

  2. Wow! amazing shots! It's good know about its history ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Gail Dixon says:

    Beautiful architecture!

  4. Incredible place & beautiful pictures Indrani ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Sri Kri says:

    Lovely architecture and great shots.Wonderful post.Thanks for sharing.

  6. Grand monument with beautiful architecture. Nice captures Indrani

  7. Beautiful place and pictures!!

  8. So rich, ornate and reeks of history. I've only seen this on various travel shows. I'm dying to see it in person. Someday I hope.

  9. Magnificent art work. Nice post.

  10. ladyfi says:

    Gorgeous Gorgeous Gorgeous!

  11. Reminds me of Santa Sofia in Istanbul, Turkey. It was a church and then later converted to a mosque. Beautiful architecture!

  12. Beautiful shots Indrani. Such an informative post, got to learn so much about history! :')

  13. Incredible place & beautiful pictures Indrani Ji !!

  14. Magnificent architecture! You have captured them so well…thanks for sharing, Indrani… ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. That dome!! Marvellous!!!

  16. That's am amazign tour In… didn't know about this place at all… thanks for sharing…

  17. No wonder.. the architecture is simply out of this world..

  18. Interesting Post.. The Photographs depicting the Architectural Beauty of the Structures are too good.. Thanks for sharing the Post, Indrani!

  19. Brilliant photos Indrani, they are beautiful.

  20. eileeninmd says:

    Hello Indrani, what a beautiful place. Wonderful collection of images! Thanks for sharing your trip! Enjoy your week!

  21. s.c says:

    Yes very beautiful and never surpassed in the islamic world. Pity that Philips the Second build a church inside. Thanks for showing us.

  22. Wow such a beautiful monument.The colorful dome is spectacular.

  23. As always Indrani, I learn from your words and enjoy your photos – have a great week ahead!

  24. Joyful says:

    Stunning! I love the domed and decorated ceiling but whole place is spectacular. I think you captured everything very well despite the challenges.

  25. Jeevan says:

    Amazing perspective with columns and double arches! The history also sounds grand just like this construction and the period it took for building this mosquee church.

    The prayer hall is quite outstanding with great architecture and designer ceiling!

  26. Parul says:

    Such great architecture and your pictures are magnificent!

  27. I would love to see this in person!

  28. Uppal says:

    Stunning pictures of mind blowing architectural grandeur!

  29. Aarti says:

    Wow, left speechless at the expanse of the place and the beauty in the architecture…

  30. Wow, amazing historical monument with stunningly bright red and white columns left me spellbound.The architecture and art of the arch and the dome is such a beauty,it can make anyone awestruck and speechless.It was a feast.

  31. Awesome architecture !

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