|Andalucia November 2000
The crowning glory of Córdoba is the mosque (Mezquita) whose construction began
in 785 under Abd ar Rahman I. An earlier Visigoth Christian church was replaced,
and some of its columns and capitals were re-used, along with others of Roman
and Carthaginian origin. There is a fabulous mihrab (prayer niche). In the centuries
of see-sawing, the Christians reconquered and proceeded to construct a cathedral
smack in the middle of the mosque, in the 16th century.