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|Subject: Great Mosque of Cordoba 13/11/2010, 10:18 pm|| |
The Mezquita of Cordoba (Mosque of Cordoba) is a Roman CatholicCathedral located in Cordoba, Spain. Mezquita is a Spanish word and itmeans mosque. The Mezquita was built in the 10th century during theruled of Abd- ar-Rahman III, who was one of the greatest rulers in thehistory of Islam. During this time, Cordoba was the largest and themost wealthy cities of Europe. In fact, the making of the mosque addedmore to its majestic beauty.The place was initially built as a Church, however, when the Muslimruler took over the place, they started using it as a mosque andextended it till it became the second largest mosque in the entireworld. The Mezquita is said to be the most proficient monument of theCordoba. Once the Spanish took back the site from the Muslims, theyonce again converted the place from a mosque to a church. Today, theMezquita is used for the purpose of Church and the normal fee to visitthe Mezquita is 6 Euros.One can enter the Church via the Patio de los Naranjas, which is atypical Islamic courtyard and till date, preserves its orange trees andfountains. During the older days, when the Mezquita was being used as amosque, all the 19 gates were open while offering prayers, so that theylooked like and extension of the trees with sunlight filtering allover. Mezquita is one of the few places in the world consists of twodifferent cultures and definitely worth visiting despite your religion.