Day Trip to Cordobla, Spain
I stand on the southern side of the Guadalquiver, in the warm Andulasian sun, over-looking the Roman bridge. In my view also lies the Roman Gate and the Cordobla Mezquita. The bridge dates from the 1st century BC but has gone under many modifications, including a major restoration in 2006. The gate was the gate into a walled Roman city. To my eye the exterior of the Mezquito does not look very impressive. "Is it really the architectural wonder that I travelled from Seville this morning, in the high speed train, to see?" To discover the answer, I walk back over the bridge and into the Mezquita.
Spending several hours inside of the Mezquita gives a positive answer to the above question.
Alcarzar de los Reyes
Alcarzar de los Reyes was a bonus visit. A gift of the long summers day. An Andulasian summer's day reminds me of summer days on the plans of New South Wales around Wagga-Wagga coupled with the long Tasmanian summers day. It was fairly late when I arrived. In winter, it would have been sunset.
The Visigoth and Moor, have occupied the site. However in spite of its Islamic appearance the current structure was built after the Christian conquest of 1236. Though it was once a palace, today it is not very palatial. Only the Roman mosaics are of interest.
The castle, 4100 square meters and square, was rebuilt in 1327 by King Alfonso XI. It had towers at every corner. Today three remain, connected by battlement protected walkways. Many views of Cordobla can be seen from the walksways; the Romain Bridge and Water Wheel; the Royal Stables and the Castle Gardens.
Highlight of the Alcarzar de los Reyes, for me, is the 55000 square meter gardens. It has a wide variety of trees such as lemon, palm, pine, orange and cypress. Fountains are located at path intersections. However the sense of relaxation is provided by sound, the sound of jetted water hitting water in the long ponds. I could sit for hours, in a semi-trance, listening.
Originally some of the water to the castle was supplied by the Albolafia waterwheel. Queen Isabella did not like the noise it was making, so she and had it disassembled.