I’ve already posted on our visit to the Mezquita during our trip to Córdoba, but we did a lot more than that in our short overnight. We took the train and it was a short 1.5 hour trip, so half the travel time than our trip to Granada. We knew from that trip that the train station was probably well within walking distance of downtown, so we walked to our hotel since it was still only midday.
We stayed at the Hostal Alcazar, which was half the price of everywhere else in town. It definitely lived up to it’s budget reputation, but our room had a powerful heater and that was all that really mattered. Córdoba was FREEZING. It was probably the coldest place we’ve been so far (though sadly, I hear Barcelona is going to be pretty chilly as well). We set our bags down and went to explore the old Jewish Quarter.
Our first stop was the Casa Andalusi, a 12th-century house decorated to evoke the spirit of Andalusian Islamic life during that time.
The house was pretty but not much to see, really. We also went to see the medieval synagogue but it was tiny so there’s not much to report their either. It’s really true that the sight to see in Córdoba is the Mezquita.
At that point, we were getting pretty cold, so when Jared found out there was an Arab bath in the area, we were there! After going to the one in Seville on Sunday we ended up liking it better, but the one in Córdoba wins for biggest lifesaver. The baths were gorgeous and really warmed us up. When we were done, we wandered around to find some tapas for dinner (you can easily make a meal out of tapas, and we did).
As we were walking around, we ran into an Australian tourist who was looking for his hostel. We pointed him in the right direction, and actually ended up running into him and his friends later in the evening. We had a great time hanging out with them and it was nice to just talk and hang out with friendly people. Apparently the bar that we were at was attached to their hostel and one of the employes was an awesome guitar player. He also took our requests for The Bed’s Too Big Without You (he was wearing a Police sweatshirt), but I preferred his more traditional selections.
The museum by all accounts is a bit odd, and nearly fanatically proclaims that Islam is responsible for every great thing in the world (and was apparently founded by a controversial figure). The reason it is worth the money is that they have on display these spectacular scale models of the Alhambra and the Mezquita in its original form. They were SO COOL, and it was particularly interesting to see the Alhambra from above and better understand its layout.
It was also really helpful and interesting to see what the Mezquita looked like when it was solely a mosque. It’s a hard thing to picture when you visit and there is a giant cathedral plunked down in the middle of it.
They also had some cool mini models of daily life in medieval Córdoba, including what looked very similar to the bath we had visited the previous day!
The tower also afforded some beautiful views back at Córdoba. So in summary, weird museum but still worth it.