Andalucia

Córdoba

At 300kph the AVE train takes only a few hours to reach Córdoba from Barcelona, arriving in the searing heat (40°C) of mid afternoon. The city shuts down at 2 pm on days like this.

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Inside the city walls ...

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... curving narrow streets provide shade

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What to do on a searing hot Córdoba afternoon when it's 40°C?

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Roman Bridge across the Guadalquivir leads to the Mesquita (Mosque)

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Minaret of the Mosque, converted to the Cathedral bell tower in 1593

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Holy Spirit Gate, one entrance to the Cathedral

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The huge Mesquita (Mosque) started 785 - the most exquisite Islamic architecture ...

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... had a Cathedral built inside in 1523 - even the King thought they had ruined something unique

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The mirhab in the Mosque-Cathedral indicates the direction of Mecca

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Biggest and best tortillas in Córdoba, standing room only inside and out

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Salmorejo (local version of cold tomato soup) with fino (dry wine, similar to sherry)

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Followed by Flamenquin (pork with ham, rolled up and fried)

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Or Berenjena con Miel de Caña (fried eggplant drizzled with treacle)

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And a fiti fiti (half sweet, half dry sherry-like local wines) to finish

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Alcázar (Fortified Palace) of the Christian Kings - the first voyages to America were planned here

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Córdoba's Synagogue survived the Inquisition

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Roman mosaic found under ...

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... Plaza de la Corredera (empty in the afternoon heat)

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Plaza del Portos (Colts) from our apartment - Cervantes stayed in the building to the left (referred to in Don Quijote as a den of thieves)