20 September 2015: We were sad this morning to leave Finca La Herencia in the village of Guadalcanal. It was a fantastic place to stay, out in the country, and our host Yolanda went out of her way to look after us. Still, we wanted to visit the Mosque Cathedral in Córdoba so said our goodbyes and set off early on the country roads.
I relive last year’s fantastic holiday by bringing posts over from the trip blog. This doesn’t aim to be identical to the trip blog, but an improvement, with text edits and more / better photos. Find all these posts under the tag: Spain2015.
After a couple of hours of small roads Deb was handling the city traffic with ease. We went round the block a few times in the city centre while I tried to figure how to locate a car parking area. Then a car vacated a spot right in front of us so we grabbed it. When in doubt drive round the block a few times — it works as well here as it does at home.
The parking meter was great: we could select English as our language, get Help with info about how to work the machine, how much parking cost and so on. €1.70 later we had 2 hours at our disposal.
It was hot so as Deb guided us with the assistance of Apple Maps to the Mezquita Cathedral through busy but narrow little streets we tried to stick to the shade.
25 minutes and a cold drink later we arrived at the enormous building that covers at least a city block. There were, of course, hundreds of tourists there, many in groups.
The history is interesting: the Visigoths built a Catholic church that was later split into Muslim and Christian halves before a Muslim bought the Christian half and demolished the whole thing. In its place he put a mosque. Later it was converted to a Roman Catholic church.
We paid the €8 entrance fee and went inside the vast building for a good look around. Early on though Deb commented that it felt more like a museum than a cathedral.
It was certainly interesting to look at and I took a few photos. The overall impression though was of a mish mash of stuff.
Where the Batalha Cathedral, built after success in battle, was awe-inspiring, this building was more intellectually interesting. It seems a building almost at war with itself. Wikipedia reports that muslims wish to worship there but are denied that opportunity at the moment.
Córdoba seemed a lovely place but we’d seen what we wanted to see and decided to head towards Madrid where we will soon depart for Morocco.
We’ve ended up for the night in another lovely hotel — Deb finds the best places — this time in a village called Santa Cruz de Mudela about 200 Km from Madrid and apparently on the edge of another national park.
Along the way we saw a road sign warning us of lynxes in 23 Km. That was all we saw related to lynxes — no more signs and certainly no lynxes.
Our hotel is literally next door to the village church. It’s a hot afternoon and when things cool a bit we’ll go see the sights.
Santa Cruz de Mudela was founded in 1212 after a battle. It boasted a solid church where we saw a bridal party emerging after a wedding. Many in the village had turned up to watch.
Our hotel had various suits of armour and similar ‘knightly’ artefacts in the lobby too.