Just one more travel recap after this! That is, until next time ;)
We begrudgingly said goodbye to Seville because we loved it so, and made our way to a day trip in Córdoba.
Entering the former mosque from the patio you pass from an orchard of orange trees into a forest of delicate columns dating from 786. That's hecka old. The 850 red-and-blue columns are topped with double arches - a round Romanesque arch above a Visigothic horseshoe arch - made from alternating red brick and white stone.
The columns and capitals (built of marble, granite, and alabaster) were recycled from ancient Roman ruins and conquered Visigothic churches. The columns seem to recede to infinity. upporting such a tall ceiling with thin columns required extra bracing with the double arches you see - a beautiful solution to a practical problem.
Just outside the treasury exit a glass case shows off casts of the many stonemason marks and signatures found in this one building. We had fun looking for the marks on the columns nearby.
The choir has Baroque-era stalls added much later, around 1750. They are made of New World mahogany and this choir is considered one of the masterpieces of 18th century Andalusian Baroque. Each of the 109 stalls features a scene from the Bible: Mary's life on one side facing Jesus' life on the other.
The exterior of the Mezquita.
Jane being Jane on the bridge.
Final destination of our Southern Spain road trip: Granada!