76 Photos - Dec 4, 2012
Photo: This was one of the most well-known places in Córdoba known as "la calleja de las flores" (the alley of flowers).  A tower from La Mezquita (the Great Mosque) can be seen in the back of this alley.  This mosque is also one of the most visited places in Córdoba.Photo: This was a church that I attended on a Sunday morning.  I was surprised to find that the majority of Spaniards do not actively attend church or even practice a religion.Photo: This is a typical restaurant located right by my host family's apartment.  It served many different tapas, or small plates, that were shared among a group of friends and often over drinks.Photo: The building on the right is the apartment complex where I lived with my host family during four weeks of my trip.Photo: A major street by the university we attended.  The drivers in Spain seemed to be much more aggressive than drivers in the United States, and it was very common for drivers to not follow the traffic laws.Photo: This was a bridge known as the Roman Bridge located right outside the city.  It was heavily traveled during the day but much calmer at night.Photo: Known as la Puerta del Puente (Bridge Door), this was the entrance to the Roman Bridge.Photo: A view of the Roman Bridge with the Great Mosque in the background.Photo: The Roman Bridge and the city of Córdoba.  The bridge was first built in the early 1st century BC.Photo: Another view of the city of Córdoba.Photo: The Roman Bridge during the middle of the day.  You can see there were many tourists in the area.Photo: This was a statue and the entrance the Roman Bridge lit  up at night.Photo: A picture of the same statue during the daytime.Photo: This was a plaza in Córdoba.  If you look closely, you can see the head of the man on a horse is made of cement as opposed to the metal of the rest of the sculpture.  It was a great centerpiece in the middle of many apartments and stores.Photo: This picture is of a a band that was playing Spanish music in the same plaza in Córdoba.  This particular night was known as "la noche blanca" or the white night.  There were bands all around the city celebrating this special occasion.  The streets were absolutely packed, and the festival lasted until about 5:00 a.m.Photo: A side path that led to numerous restaurants and the famous "Great Mosque."Photo: A nighttime view of the side pathPhoto: It was located about two minutes from our university and had many cool stores and restaurants close by.Photo: Known as the Puerta de Almodóvar (door of Almodóvar), this entrance led to many shops and restaurants.  We also went through this walkway to get to our university every day.Photo: This was located right outside our university.  During the heat of the day, the streets were pretty empty because of the high temperatures.  Córdoba reached a high of 114 degrees one day while we were there.Photo: A typical alley during the night.  Cars would drive in these small streets.  To refrain from being hit, it was necessary to stand as close to the wall as possible.Photo: This is a statue of Seneca, a Roman stoic philosopher.  We learned about several of his works during our Spanish Civilization class.Photo: This is a statue of Maimonides, a great physician of his time.  Supposedly rubbing his foot would give you good luck.Photo: This was a statue outside the Puerta de Almodóvar where many people passed.Photo: A walkway to a Spanish home.Photo: We watch as a painter worked on a picture of a Spanish doorway.Photo: A typical street in Córdoba.  This picture was taken during the middle of the day during the "siesta."  This is a break in the day where people are able to go home from work, eat lunch, and get out of the miserable heat.Photo: This is a section of a large area of shops that were known as the "Judería" or the Jewish quarters.  It got the name from the Jewish people who used to live in the area.  It was filled with restaurants, tourist shops, and apartments.Photo: A group of drummers performed in a busy shopping area.Photo: This was taken outside of the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, or the fortress of the Christian monarchs.  Isabella and Ferdinand lived in this fortress for seven years while reigning over Spain.  Furthermore, Christopher Columbus met with them at this fortress to discuss his plans for his voyage.Photo: Inside the Alcázar, there were carpets on the walls of a room.  These carpets were floors from when the fortress was originally built.Photo: This is a good display of the beautiful gardens and ponds at Alcázar.Photo: Alcázar was my favorite spot of the city because of the beautiful landscaping.Photo: This is a replica of the first time Christopher Columbus met with Isabella and Ferdinand.  They discussed his voyage that would later lead to his discovery of America.  It was cool to see how the history of Spain had such a great impact on the history of the United States.Photo: These fountains seemed to go on forever.  It was absolutely breathtaking at night when the fountains and lights were on.Photo: The garden of the Alcázar was extremely green and well-maintained.Photo: A view from the top of the fortress overlooking the beautiful gardens.Photo: There were many sets of stairs which led to the doors of the fortress.Photo: This tower was one of the walls of La Mezquita or the Great Mosque.  It was the main attraction of the city.Photo: A nice view of the Great Mosque on the left and tourist stores in the Judería on the right.  The closer the stores were to the Great Mosque, the more expensive the items were.Photo: We were able to witness a bride and groom leaving the church from inside the Great Mosque.Photo: A tower in The Mosque.Photo: After entering the walls around the Great Mosque, there was a large garden area.Photo: Another view from inside the walls of the Great MosquePhoto: A picture of the gardens of the Great Mosque.  The Muslims had actually put in an irrigation system when the mosque was first being built.  The array of ditches helped to keep the plants from drying out from the heat.Photo: Inside La Mezquita, there are hundreds of pillars.Photo: The mosque was expanded several times between the years 784-1236.  The building is toured by thousands of people each year.Photo: These pieces were on display on the edge of the Great Mosque.  There were countless religious works scattered throughout the mosque.Photo: This church, located in the center of the Great Mosque, had an elaborate alter.  When Christians moved to Córdoba for the first time in the 13th century, they were able to live together with the Muslims in peace for centuries.  This church inside the mosque demonstrates the respect each group had for one another.Photo: There was a second, smaller church close to the center of the mosque.Photo: Each chair that lined this church was hand-carved.  In total, these designs took over ninety years to complete.Photo: A closer look at the detailing of the alter.  It was truly breathtaking.Photo: The ceilings in the Great Mosque were extremely exquisite.Photo: The Spanish countryside was filled with rolling hills.Photo: One day my class took a trip to see the ruins of Medina Azahara, a city built by the Arabs beginning in about 940.  It was later destroyed in 1009.Photo: This building was possibly used for administrative purposes.Photo: This view is overlooking the Pórtico de Medina Azahara, or the porch of Medina Azahara.Photo: It's easy to see the Arabs took pride in their attention to detail through the red stripes over the arches.Photo: An original oven made when the city was first constructed.  The roof over it keeps it from being harmed from weather.Photo: A view from the top of Medina Azahara.Photo: Overlooking the bottom portion of the Arab city.  This would have been where lower-class members such as servants would have lived as opposed to the king, who lived on the highest level.Photo: One day, we journeyed to the arboretum located on the other side of the city.  It had beautiful flowers and plants.Photo: We toured a synagogue where the guide told us the long Jewish history of Córdoba.Photo: This picture was taken in the synagoguePhoto: Another view of a room inside the synagoguePhoto: We watched Spain play in the Euro Cup, a soccer tournament played throughout Europe.  It was exciting to watch one of the games in a public place with locals.  Spain would later go on to beat Italy in the finals.Photo: We saw a Flamenco show that was outstanding.Photo: Several women performed solo routines.  It was fascinating to watch their quick footwork and intensity.Photo: A train station located in Córdoba.  Trains are a very fast, efficient way to travel almost anywhere in Spain.Photo: A newspaper stand that was open every morning.Photo: I was surprised to find that there were bathrooms placed throughout the downtown area.  A person had to pay a little over one euro to be able to use the facility.Photo: We stopped at a McDonalds on our way back from a trip.  It had very advanced technology and was unbelievably clean and well-kept.Photo: This is an example of a common Spanish meal of different types of fish.Photo: This is a typical Spanish breakfast of churros and chocolate dip.  It was also common to eat this with "café con leche" or coffee with milk.Photo: A typical Spanish dessert tray.Photo: Bocadillos (sandwiches) were unbelievably common.  This particular restaurant specifically sold only sandwiches.