Al-Andalús (Southern Spain)
This was our last excursion of the trip! Time has flown away.
The Great Mosque (turned Cathedral) of Córdoba:
This Mosque was pretty incredible, huge area-wise. However, I was somewhat disappointed by it’s height, I guess because I’m accustomed now to the spaciousness of the Gothic Cathedrals and this wasn’t that tall. Still, it was beautiful, and the geometrical patterns of the Arabic architecture are incredible. You can stare at them for hours and not get bored.
Here’s a picture that doesn’t do a place justice:
But it’s the Cathedral of Sevilla, one of the largest cathedrals in the world—the largest depending on how it is measured. I believe it is the largest by area or something like that . . . not by height though. Anyway, it’s big. I love just sitting in these things and contemplating the space and the light and all. Cathedrals have really grown on me on this trip. I don’t know if I’ve reached my mother’s level of obsession, but I really enjoy them.
The palaces at the Alhambra were pretty amazing.
And I loved these cities, of Sevilla and Granada. Great food, great places to be especially in the fall.