On our second day in Seville, we took a quick 45-minute train ride to Cordoba to see Mezquita – a former mosque turned cathedral. I know Alhambra is tough to beat, but this may have been my favorite. (Though, how do you really pick a favorite when you see so much incredible architecture over the course of a few days?!)
The Grand Mosque was built on this site sometime after 784 A.D. It lasted until the Reconquista (when Cordoba returned to Christian rule) in 1236 A.D. At that time, the building was converted to a Roman Catholic church, and in the 16th century, an ENORMOUS nave was inserted in the middle of the mosque. It is so strange to see the combination, but I was so obsessed with the arches and the stripes from the original mosque that I’m glad they kept the original architecture.
[This is part of the enormous nave built in the middle of the original Grand Mosque.]
After spending time in the Mezquita, we roamed around the small, winding, colorful streets of the old town before taking the train back to Seville. This was a very worthwhile day trip from Seville, and as you can imagine by now, my mama LOVED the train ride!