Discovering Cordoba in Spain | A new family favourite…
If the great cities of Andalusia were a flamenco troupe, Córdoba would play the cameo, the mysterious beauty appearing all too briefly before the noisier Seville and Granada take over again. It’s a hidden Andalusian gem not to be missed….
Where to visit in Cordoba?
So what about the road schooling? Well we chose Cordoba as it’s the perfect mixture of religions. Looking back in history, when the Muslims invaded Spain, which they renamed al-Andalus, they found a mixed population of Christians and Jews. In the decades preceding the invasion, the Jews had suffered violent Visigothic persecution. They evidently welcomed the Muslims. They may have heard that Islamic policy toward People of the Book in conquests elsewhere had been relatively non-violent, that in return for their own submission they would benefit from becoming “protected people,” ahl al-dhimma. Submission wasn’t a bad price to pay in those days for security and religious freedom.
Córdoba’s vibrant local population and its history is well known across Spain. Located in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia, it’s also the capital of the province of Córdoba. Not just an important Roman city, it as also a major Islamic center in the Middle Ages making it the perfect place to grab some R.E road schooling.
such a vibrant City
We took in the Jewish Synagogue and also the Inquistador museum… a real eye opener for the girls! It is truly terrible how much the Jews were persecuted….
Rather than launching into guide book territory…. here’s a great link to find out more about Religion and Cordoba….. but rest assured that if you have kids willing to learn about oppression, suppression and religious tolerance… Cordoba is definitely the place to take them!
Another busy day tomorrow perhaps….
our top tips to help you?
Top tip number 1 – If you’re looking to visit a city on a budget, we’ve found great value in lunch time meals from local bakeries
Top tip number 2 – Its also the perfect chance to try out some basic language skills… always guaranteed to bring a smile and an appreciating nod
Top Tip Number 3– Always try to plan the top attraction in for later in the afternoon or first thing in the morning. Just don’t miss the Bell Tower in Cordoba that shuts around lunchtime. Plus if it helps, we’ve often found more deals can be haggled in the late afternoon slots with kind entrance folk.
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