Laura in Spain

Laura is a sophomore majoring in political science and Spanish in Dedman College. In Spring 2009, she will be taking courses toward her Spanish major in Spain at the Fundacion Jose Ortega y Gasset, while being immersed in Spanish culture.

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Andalucia nos espera!

mesquita-de-cordoba-sm.jpgDuring the first week of February we took a trip down to the southern provinces of Spain: Cordoba, Sevilla and Granada. I will mention many things about the history not only because it fascinates me, but also because I think it is important to know a little about what you are seeing to be able to appreciate it in a different light. I hope you enjoy it!

First stop: La Mesquita de Cordoba

We headed to Cordoba on Tuesday to see an edifice that began as a Visigothic church, later turned into a Muslim mosque, and finally transformed into a Catholic cathedral. It was very interesting to see the way the interior designs of a mosque and a cathedral could actually mesh well together.

cordoba-sm.jpgThe picture (left) clearly shows a glimpse of the two different designs. Since the Muslims’ Empire lasted approximately 800 years, the further we went into the mosque, the more complex and interesting the architecture became as it evolved through time. It was truly magnificent!

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