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Córdoba, Moorish or Christian?


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The great mosque of Córdoba was begun by the Muslim caliphs in the eighth century. With the Christian reconquest of Spain in the 13th century, it was consecrated as a cathedral. Nowadays, signs throughout the city refer to the monument, a Unesco World Heritage site, as the “mosque-cathedral” of Córdoba. But that way of naming it is now being questioned, as the bishop of Córdoba began an appeal for the city to stop referring to the monument as a mosque in order to make it clearer for visitors. The mayor says that he won't change the signs in the city, but the debate goes beyond signs in the most emblematic monument in Christian-Muslim relations in Europe, specially in an area that was was a place of coexistence among Muslims, Christians and Jews.


 

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Cordoba's mosque-cathedral at night.

Córdoba, Córdoba, Espagne - 02/11/2010

 

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Cordoba's mosque-cathedral at night.

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Visitors inside Cordoba's mosque-cathedral

Córdoba, Córdoba, Espagne - 03/11/2010

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A group of muslim men as they pray in Córdoba's Al-Morabito mosque, the place where the around 1.500 muslims living in the city can gather to pray. The building, originally a mosque, was built in 1936 by Francisco Franco for the Moorish Guard in the Spanish Army, formed mainly by Moroccans from Northern Africa. In the 80's, Córdoba's City Council allowed the muslim community to use it as a Mosque. The City Council still owns it but the maintenance work is up to the Association Of Muslims In Córdoba.

Córdoba, Córdoba, Espagne - 03/11/2010

 

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The muslim population in Córdoba is around 1.500 people.

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Signs in the streets indicate the direction to the famous building naming it 'Mosque-Cathedral'

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Cordoba's mosque-cathedral 'patio'

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A group of tourists as they pass by the place where the first catholic mass was celebrated in 1236.

Córdoba, Córdoba, Espagne - 03/11/2010

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Tourists as they pass by Hotel Mezquita. Many souvenirs shops, hotels and cafés around the Mosque-Cathedral are named after it. In Spanish 'Mezquita' means mosque

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Clients at the Bar Mezquita terrace. Many souvenirs shops, hotels and cafés around the Mosque-Cathedral are named after it. In Spanish 'Mezquita' means mosque

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A touristic guide explains the features of the building to a group of visitors inside Cordoba's mosque-cathedral

Córdoba, Córdoba, Espagne - 03/11/2010

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Numerous catholic references can be found Inside Cordoba's mosque-cathedral, which structure is moorish.

Córdoba, Córdoba, Espagne - 03/11/2010

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'Corduba' was founded by General Claudio Marcelo between 169 AD and 152 BC. There are still many remains of the Roman era of Cordoba, like these columns, built to pay tribute to Emperor Augustus

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Córdoba's Al-Morabito mosque, the place where the around 1.500 muslims living in the city can gather to pray. The building, originally a mosque, was built in 1936 by Francisco Franco for the Moorish Guard in the Spanish Army, formed mainly by Moroccans from Northern Africa. Some years ago Córdoba's City Council allowed the muslim community to use it as a Mosque. The City Council still owns it but the maintenance work is up to the Association Of Muslims In Córdoba.

Córdoba, Córdoba, Espagne - 03/11/2010

 

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Córdoba's Al-Morabito mosque, the place where the around 1.500 muslims living in the city can gather to pray. The building, originally a mosque, was built in 1936 by Francisco Franco for the Moorish Guard in the Spanish Army, formed mainly by Moroccans from Northern Africa. Some years ago Córdoba's City Council allowed the muslim community to use it as a Mosque. The City Council still owns it but the maintenance work is up to the Association Of Muslims In Córdoba.

Córdoba, Córdoba, Espagne - 03/11/2010

 

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Carmen Lucena Rodríguez, a ceramics craftwoman, as she paints some of the pieces that she will sell afterwards. 'We, artisans, get inspired by moorish patterns because they are part of our history and because we have grown up with them being all around', she says.

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Cordoba's shrine, nowadays only visited by tourists. It is another remain of the vast Cordobese history.

Córdoba, Córdoba, Espagne - 03/11/2010

 

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A visitor as he reads a book in a Catholic worship area inside Cordoba's mosque-cathedral

Córdoba, Córdoba, Espagne - 03/11/2010

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One of the canons who concelebrates the catholic mass in the mornings surrounded by the moorish columns and arcs inside Cordoba's mosque-cathedral

Córdoba, Córdoba, Espagne - 03/11/2010

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