In additional to exceptional tapas, seafood and pork products, southern Spain is full of candy drawers!
The Mezquita-Catedral is an unusual combination of mosque and church. That the mosque and it’s distinct orange-striped arches were maintained is a testament to its beauty. Most mosques were destroyed after the Reconquista of Spain, with a few exceptions.
This is the first, and likely last, mosque I will ever enter. The first steps caught my breath. The architecture of repeating arches and columns as far as the eye see result in a juxtaposed sense of space and enclosure.
This cathedral was added within the arches of the mosque. The styles are in dramatic contrast. As usual, Rick Steves said it best:
It’s interesting to ponder the aesthetics and psychology of Islam versus the Catholic church in the styles of these two great places of workshop:
- horizontal – vertical
- intimate – power
- fear – love, guilt
- dark – bright
- simple – elaborate
- feeling close to God – feeling small before God
The best tortilla espagna, thin slices of potato held together with a minimum of egg, at Bar Santos across from the Mezquita.
Modern day shepherd…they have cell phones too.