Whirlwind Cordoba & Granada

August 9, 2009 at 9:44 pm 1 comment

Cordoba

A gorgeous daytrip for the Mezquita.  All-wise town planner Cory was telling us about how Cordoba used to be the most important medieval city at one stage.  I really should remember more about the history – dumb tourist!

Cordoba Alcazar gardens

Cordoba Alcazar gardens

What is amazing though are the candystripe arches in the graaaaand Muslim Mezquita – which was then taken over by Christians – so in the middle of this amazing Muslim architecture is a giant cathedral! A sight to behold.

The Mezquita! Grand stretch of candystripe archways...

The Mezquita! Grand stretch of candystripe archways...

Light filtering in through the archways

Light filtering in through the archways

Amazing vaulted ceilings in the Mezquita

Amazing vaulted ceilings in the Mezquita

The huge vaulted Christian cathedral right in the middle of the Mezquita archways!

The huge vaulted Christian cathedral right in the middle of the Mezquita archways!

This was the day, however, when we were wandering around in 47 degree heat – felt a little woozy for the rest of the night but managed another night at Sevilla’s Feria anyway. Ole!

Granada

The Alhambra – another amazing piece of grand Muslim/Moorish architecture.  History lesson? Won’t find it here.  What I will say though is that the detail on everything is amazingly intricate.  The carvings and mosaics on every wall, the vaulted ceilings that look like those 3D visual illusions, the perspectives you get from walking through the layers of decorated archways – *sigh*!

Typical gorgeousness at the Alhambra - Nasrid Palace

Typical gorgeousness at the Alhambra - Nasrid Palace

Small vaulted ceiling - this amazing '3D' detail was everyhere!

Small vaulted ceiling - this amazing '3D' detail was everyhere!

Loved the light in this room - Pam mentioned the significance of filtered light in religious spaces

Loved the light in this room - Pam mentioned the significance of filtered light in religious spaces

Fantastic detail covering every wall. Loved the Arabic script.

Fantastic detail covering every wall. Loved the Arabic script.

*swoons* so beautiful and soooo intricate! To think all this mathematical perfection was done by hand...

*swoons* so beautiful and soooo intricate! To think all this mathematical perfection was done by hand...

We stayed in the old Moorish quarter Albayzin, which was cool, albeit a little freaky at night.  The alleyways are ridiculously tight. There were some points where there was literally 3 cm on either side of the taxi going up. Eep! (The buses in this part of Granada are all itty bitty minibuses for a reason!)

We did Granada way too quickly – want to come back here and do it all properly, as well as other bits we totally missed.

The Alhambra standing over Granada

The Alhambra standing over Granada

Then I was off on the early plane to Barcelona! Even managed to get my luggage down to 15.5kg! Post coming soon (I’m like 2 wks behind now!) …

xox

Ange

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