“Pic of the Week”, March 10, 2023: A Courtyard in Cordoba


We sought shelter in this courtyard when the clouds opened and a heavy downpour began while we were exploring the streets of Cordoba.
It was a pretty courtyard, bricks, stonework and white plaster walls with dozens of colorful flowers growing in small matching pots on the walls.  There were a few shops around the courtyard, but these didn’t interest us.  It was such a cool place to be that when the downpour stopped, it almost seemed a shame to leave.
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Cordoba’s Historic Synagogue

00 Cordoba Synagogue

While rambling through the streets of Cordoba we came across this historic Synagogue in the city’s old Jewish neighborhood.  It was an unexpected finding, making it all the more enjoyable to visit.
The Cordoba Synagogue is rather small but is said to be one of the best-preserved Medieval synagogues in Spain.  It was built between 1314 and 1315 A.D. and was in constant use until the Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492.

(Main chamber of Cordoba’s Historic Synagogue)

There is no admission fee and you get to see the main hall, a rectangular room decorated with plant motifs and Hebrew inscriptions.  A separate woman’s gallery still stands but is not open to the public.
After the Jews left, the building was used as …

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The Roman Bridge, Córdoba, Spain

05 Roman Bridge, Cordoba

The Roman bridge is in the historic center of this Andalusian city in southern Spain, very close to the fascinating Mezquita (mosque that has been converted to a cathedral).  The Romans built a bridge across the Guadalquivir river in the 1st century BC, possibly replacing a wooden structure that previously spanned the river.  The Via Augusta, a road which connected Rome to Cádiz, likely passed through here.   The bridge was long admired for its beauty and solid construction.

The bridge has undergone a number of reconstructions and today likely bears only minimal resemblance to the one the Romans built.  After Moorish reconstruction, the bridge we visit today has 16 arcades, one less than original bridge, with a total length of 247 …

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