Córdoba: Where the Ancient and Modern World Live in Harmony Side by Side

Córdoba is a small town with a rich history. It is located in southern Spain, a few hours north-east of Seville. It has been conquered by Muslims and then the Christians and in the 10th century it was the most populous city in the world. While driving through the city you may noticed the mix of the modern world and ancient society. One part of the city is more advanced with beautiful designs, and an upbeat city life, while another part is filled with ancient yet vibrant art, gorgeous architecture, and a rich history.

The Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba is the main tourist attraction, and it is over 1,000 years old. Parts of it have been torn down and rebuilt for centuries by different religions and is now a mixture of a cathedral and Mosque. It has incredible hand-made designs which have been preserved for over a thousand years.

The other main tourist attraction was the Alcázar or palace, of the catholic rulers, Ferdinand and Isabella. It’s one of their many palaces in Spain, but more importantly it’s the one where Columbus’s voyage plans were set into motion. We were in the same building where Columbus was granted permission to make history! (I was mentally slapping myself throughout the day for neglecting o charge my camera the night before so the battery only lasted part of the morning, but I had my phone so hopefully the pictures are alright.) To everyone who follows me on social media, I would like to apologize for the abuse of picture-posting. I strolled through the same halls as Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand had glided through thousands of years ago. The same halls where Isabella and Ferdinand met with Columbus to plan his voyage to India, which turned out to be the Americas, which changed the course of history, and is the reason many of us even exist today (because when you think about it, if Columbus hadn’t ‘discovered’ America, our ancestors wouldn’t have moved there, wouldn’t have met each other and we would not be).

While walking around the olden parts of Córdoba I felt as if I was in a daydream. The sites were gorgeous, and truly a sight to behold. I had never heard of Córdoba and I think it’s an extremely underrated city. If one is ever in Spain, I would highly recommend visiting the town where history was made, and so much ancient beauty has been preserved.

Check out some of the pictures below:

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