Córdoba

For a history nerd, Córdoba is essentially the dream city. 1. It was a Roman stronghold. 2. It has a sinagogue and a old Jewish neighborhood that are basically older than everything in the U.S. 3. the Mezquita.

Actually, the Mezquita is numbers 1-3 million for why any history nerd should visit. (And for that reason, it gets its own post! Stay tuned).

For now, here are some pictures just from around the city (lots of pictures. Hug your computer for me for having to download this post):

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Built by the Romans!

 

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Our guide (same amazing guide from Alcazar!) told us that many old cities have huge "doors" that served no other purpose than to make important people feel important when entering the city. He said that while this one was connected to the old city walls, many times they were literally just stand-alone entities.
Our guide (same amazing guide from Alcazar!) told us that many old cities have huge “doors” that served no other purpose than to make important people feel important when entering the city. He said that while this one was connected to the old city walls, many times they were literally just stand-alone entities.

 

 

 

 

 

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We walked through la “Juderia” (the old Jewish neighbourhood). This neighbourhood is home to many tiny streets including la Calle de Flores (Street of Flowers).

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Our guide said that these are all hand-lettered and essentially are ancient graffiti
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Statue of Rabbi Maimonides, who was born in Córdoba, was a Torah scholar (Our guide didn’t say but after researching to double-check, he was also Saladdin’s physician in Damascus. See? I did remember something from my intro history class!) Rubbing his shoe is apparently good luck here, and yes, I did take part in that tradition.

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La Calle de Flores:

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Fascinating to find the symbol of a cross in a synagogue

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One thought on “Córdoba

  1. Just an amazing post- love the history and the connections to so many significant events. Also really grateful that you get to be there and let us in on a bit if what its like.

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