Cordoba part 1 – Mezquita

The great Mosque of Cordoba, the 10th Century Mezquita, is quite something to see. It was formerly the principal mosque of Western Islam and is the city’s outstanding monument, built at a time when Cordoba was at its height as one of the largest and most prosperous cities of Europe.


Mezquita, Cordoba


View of Patio de Los Naranjos from the exterior wall

You approach it via the Patio de los Naranjos.


One of the gates into the Patio


Patio de Los Naranjos

When you first catch sight of the prayer hall in the interior of the Mezquita, it is a stunning assault on the senses! You are struck by this seemingly endless forest of pillars and arches. Because there were so many people about, I mostly looked upward. Had I been allowed to use a tripod, I could have perhaps tried a 60 second exposure to remove them, but as it was I could only manage 1/3 sec handheld.


Everywhere you look there fabulous views of the interplay between the different elements of the interior architecture:


The distinctive look of the arches was created by alternating brick and stone which produced a red striped pattern. Sunlight bathes the pillars and arches creating some great lighting effects.


The detail in the interior is stunning

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One day, I must get back at a time when there are fewer people about!


  1. Mesmerizing! I think it adds to the photos with all the people moving, shown in a blur towards the constant pillars and vaults. Love it, Sue. And…I would like to go too!

  2. That is an impressive sight indeed, Sue. One place I must try to see before I get too old.
    (Always surprising how much people move, in just that 1/3 of a second!)
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. Fantastic, so beautiful!

  4. Bravo j’en reviens tu pourras bientôt voir les miennes!!!

  5. Breathtaking, really !
    Thanks for this beautiful share!

  6. This is a brilliant post, Sue
    What a fascinating place, and you have captured it wonderfully. I like your blurred people shot – great timing I think.
    I had no idea that Cordoba had so much to offer.

  7. That would be hard to find – time when less people are around 😉 A grand walk!

  8. Gorgeous shots of the great Mosque, Sue! That place is something else and you captured it beautifully. I got sick with the flu during our trip to Andalusia and the symptoms first hit me while we were visiting the great mosque so I couldn’t fully enjoy the visit. Must go back…

  9. Something else! I visited the mosque in a Paris when I lived there in the early 70’s. Also striking.

  10. THis makes me long for lots from you every time. These are spectacular photos of what is obviously a stunning place. All those vistas of arches, and the light (especially the light – we’re in the middle of never-ending rain) and the colours and the patterning, especially in the last one. This post is a magnificent treat.

  11. And hallelujah! It’s part 1!

  12. Allan G. Smorra

    Stunning photos, Sue. Thanks for posting these beautiful images. I can see a “sensory overload” experience here. I actually like the blurred traces of people in the photos. I see a contrast of “present activity” inside a ancient setting. That magnificent stone and brick structure isn’t going anywhere.

  13. So majestic! Great photographs, the light is simply stunning.

  14. Beautiful shots. I like the 4th one down with using the arch as a frame.

  15. Fabulous! Those arches are as exquisite as I remember them. Caught myself thinking I should get back one day;)

  16. Fabulous! I love this post so much! 🙂 There was a couple sitting on that curb in the Plaza de Naranjas when I was there too. Different one I think 🙂

  17. Stunning architecture and some very well chosen viewpoints, Sue.

  18. Now this is one place I really would like to see. And I love your motion blur shot – just fabulous! I ought to have tried that in the Sagrada Familia on Friday!

    • Sue

      Well, it was the only thing I could do, because I wasn’t permitted to use a tripod and do a longer exposure, which would have all but removed the people!

  19. Oh, and I forgot to add that I like your longer post – I know they are time consuming, but I really appreciated seeing all the different views and angles here. Thank you 😀

  20. Wow, Sue, your photos of the Mezquita are fabulous. I love that one with the blurred people. I also felt overwhelmed by it, and I remember I got all choked up when I first walked inside and saw it. I also wrote a post about this on my Europe blog: It’s long, so don’t bother reading, but I have multitudes of pictures. I consider it one of my top 3 travel experiences, behind hot-air ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey and walking through Petra in Jordan. 🙂

    I’ll link this to my next photography post on September 6. 🙂

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  22. This is a much better post than mine, done on the hoof from my mobile. But here it is ….. .

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