Very few places in the world can boast of having been the capital of a Roman province (Hispania Ulterior), the capital of an Arab State (Al-Andalus, a highly civilized state in Southern Europe) and a Caliphate. Such splendour is palpable in the intellectual wealth of this centre of wisdom and knowledge, that has seen the birth of figures like Seneca, Averroes, and Maimonides.
The historic quarter of Cordoba is a beautiful network of small...
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Today this provincial capital is known chiefly for its mosque, the world-famous Mezquita. The old Arab and Jewish quarters are famous for their narrow streets lined full of whitewashed houses with flower-filled patios and balconies. Córdoba has recently joined the ranks of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites, so you'll want to spend at least 2 days here.
From the 8th to the 11th centuries, the Umayyad caliphs brought...