Spain Meeting: Seville – 22th February, 2017. Day 3

Our third day in Spain was exciting and included a daily excursion in Cordoba. In this excursion, we have a pleasant company, kids and parents from our guest school.

Cordoba was founded by the Romans and due to its strategic importance as the highest navigable point of the Guadalquivir River, it became a port city of great importance. The Romans built mighty bridge crossing the river, now called “El Puente Romano”.

But Cordoba’s hour of greatest glory was when it became the capital of the Moorish Kingdom of Al-Andalus.

Nowadays Cordoba has the second largest old town in the Europe, the largest urban area in the world declared World Heritage by Unesco.

Our excursion started at the Archeological site of Medina Zahara (meaning “the shining city”). First we watched an informative video and then we visited the ruins of the city which included mosques government offices, gardens, residences and baths. The amazing view and the sunny weather made our visit unforgettable.

Afterwards we enjoyed a delicious lunch with typical Cordoba’s dishes and we visited the historic centre, starting with Mezquita de Cordoba, which after several centuries of additions and enlargements – became one of the largest in all of Islam.

When the city reconquered by the Christians in 1236, the new rules of the city were so awed by its beauty that the left standing. Building their cathedral in it and creating a unique church – mosque. Then we wandered in Cordoba’s medieval quarter, once the home of the Jewish community, is called “La Juderia”, a labyrinth of narrow streets, shady flower – filled courtyards and picturesque squares, where we visited Sinagoga.

Alongside the Roman bridge, we enjoyed the best-known facet of the city. Full of beautiful pictures we returned to Seville.

We would like to thank the Spanish team, as well as students and parents for the delightful day.

 

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