Córdova is a beautiful city with an intriguing history.
Our day of Córdova covered the impressive history and culture or the area. Although a bit rainy and chilly, our group was not deterred from taking in the sights and sounds of the city. We crossed the Guadalquivir River Bridge, originally built by the Romans in 1 BC. Ahead of us loomed the Great Mosque of Córdoba (Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption), originally a catholic church but converted to a mosque in the 700's by the Muslims. The mosque is a great example of a variety of architecture and building materials. It was expanded numerous times and is a true walk through the history of the city. When the center of the mosque was converted to a catholic church in the 1200s, Muslims were no longer allowed to pray and that remains a small controversy to this day.
Around the mosque are small streets filled with a variety of business and restaurants. Our group toured the small streets learning about the history of the Jews, Muslims, and Christians through the centuries and enjoyed some free time to shop in the small stores.
In Madrid we settled in our hotel, Hotel Mayorazgo, located in the center of the city, right off the Gran Vía. For dinner we walked a short distance to Museo del Jamon, truly a showcase of ham! Mrs. Furgueson and a few of our Jrs. and Srs. strolled down the Gran Vía to experience the vibrancy of the city at night.
Tomorrow is a full day with a historical walk in the city, bike riding, and a scavenger hunt at the Prado Museum.