Cordoba

Leaving Madrid we headed south a few hours to Cordoba, which marked the real start of our Andalusian adventures. For a small town, Cordoba has a lot of amazing things to see and do so I’ll get straight into it.

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Our local haunts

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Fresh off the train, we started at the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos (Castle of the Christian Monarchs), a medieval fortress. Like almost everything in this region, it was once visigothic, then housed a number of Caliphates before being taken over by Christian rulers.

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The Alcazar of Cordoba

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Magic hour

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It took me a long time to get this shot, you better appreciate it…
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Relaxing on our roof terrace post-Alcazar

The building in the background of the last photo gives a sneak preview of our destination the following morning – the Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba (Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba). Originally a Christian Visigoth temple, it became a half-mosque/half-Christian church until the late-700s when it became a full on mosque… only to be taken again by Christians in the early-1200s and returned back into a weird half-mosque/half-church…

The Mezquita is truly spectacular so here are a million photos:

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Columns in the Mosque

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I know, I took a lot of column photos… but there are 856 of them to take in!
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Muslim-Christian mashup
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The Mihrab
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The Mihrab

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Surprise Cathedral in the middle
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More hybrid stylings
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Full on cathedral

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Second monstrance of the trip
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The Bell Tower
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Lush
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The Old Town
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Here you can really see how the Cathedral springs up in the middle of the Mosque

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I hope you’re now convinced that you should go to Cordoba – it’s mad. Crazy thing is, that’s not even the end of it. There is also a Roman bridge over the Guadalquivir River that is pretty damn impressive, especially when you consider it was built in the early 1st Century BC.

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Pretty ugly, eh? Cordoba also happened to be where we spent New Years Eve, so we celebrated in a typically Spanish way – by heading to the town square at midnight to try and eat 12 grapes as the bells ring in the new year. Being non-Spanish, we didn’t know any grape tricks, so we ended up with kind of big grapes full of seeds – trying to gulp them all down in 12 seconds or so was a pretty gross ordeal that I can’t see us adopting as one of our own new years rituals… but anyway, it was fun attempting to blend in with the locals – Feliz Navidad!

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I meant to get one of these new years banners for future use but failed…
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Heading to the town square

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Mingling with the revellers
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Pre-grape ordeal

Finally, the obligatory food pics. I’ve buried them at the end because even though they tasted good, these dishes look kind of terrible haha… actually I take that back – one of them also tasted pretty bad too.

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Salmorejo

Salmorejo is a cold soup made of whizzed up bread, tomato and olive oil… unsurprisingly tastes exactly like bruschetta, if bruschetta was a soup/paste.

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Fried padron chilis and tortilla

The chilis were an oily, tasty mess, while the tortillas were a pregnant lady’s saviour amidst all the forbidden ham-based foods.

Finally we have the Pastelas Cordobas, which we kept accidentally eating despite its underwhelming taste. The disappointing taste is probably due to this ‘delicious local cake’ being made of so called ‘sweet pumpkin’ with a weird texture. Can you tell it was not my favourite?

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Never again, Pastelas Cordobas

This cake at least made me very happy we live in Denmark, land of the kanelsnegle…

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