Time passes slowly in Cordoba. Here’s a scene outside La Mezquita, the astounding mosque-turned-cathedral that holds some of Spain’s greatest Moorish art. (Story of the World, Vol. 2)
One of many Cordoba views.
La Mezquita has around 800 of these brightly-painted Moorish arches. To stand at one corner and gaze is to find a seemingly endless forest of them. (Story of the World, Vol. 2)
The stunning Moorish dome in La Mezquita. This was a magnificent mosque until the Christians re-conquered Cordoba in the 1400’s. So vast was the mosque…that the new rulers built a church INSIDE it and one doesn’t even spot it until walking halfway across the room. (Story of the World, Vol. 2)
The stunning Christian altar inside Cordoba’s La Mezquita. (Story of the World, Vol. 2)
La Mezquita’s pipe organ. (Story of the World, Vol. 2)
Looking through the Islamic/Moorish arches to the Christian cathedral inside Cordoba’s La Mezquita. (Story of the World, Vol. 2)
Islam forbids images of humans (or angels) so this must be the Christian section of La Mezquita. (Story of the World, Vol. 2)
Daughter Danna and Proud Dad Jim dipping churro’s (cylindrical pastries) in hot chocolate in Cordoba, Spain. Great taste – hence, the smiles.
Remembering one of Cordoba’s foremost citizens on the 850th anniversary of his birth. (See Jim’s October eMagazine article on Maimonides.) (Story of the World, Vol. 2)
We are all children at the feet of genius. Here, Jim rubs the foot of the statue of Maimonides in Cordoba. Supposedly some of that genius’ wisdom rubs off on whoever does this. (We’ll wait and see!)
Living in the 1100’s, Maimonides was far ahead of his time as the leading physician of his time. Here he lists the health benefits of various foods (from the Jewish Museum in Cordoba.)
A modern painting of Maimonides. All those brains and handsome, too!
A room in Cordoba’s Jewish Museum, which portrays elements of medieval life in that Spanish city. (Story of the World, Vol. 2)
Beautiful art for a practical purpose in Cordoba.
Cordoba gave the world the author/playwright/stoic philosopher Lucius Seneca, who was born in that Spanish city in 4 C.E. under Roman rule. Today his statue graces a plaza.(Story of the World, Vol. 1)
An amazing restaurant converted from a grand, old Spanish home in Cordoba, Spain. (It was HOT that day; hence, a quick and necessary purchase of the “muscle shirt”.)
Another of Cordoba’s great natives: the renowned writer and philosopher Averroes walked Cordoba’s streets in the 1100’s. He kept alive the works of Aristotle when medieval, Christian Europe had almost forgotten the great Greek genius. (Story of the World, Vol. 2)
Averroes’ statue has suffered some damage, but the intensity of his stare remains. (Story of the World, Vol. 2)
Averroes fled Cordoba when religious fundamentalists took over and threatened those who dared to believe in both faith and science, which he (and his great contemporary Maimonides) felt were compatible. He died in Marrakech, Morocco. (Story of the World, Vol. 2)