Ayre Hotel Córdoba
Ayre Hotel Cordoba is located in the most exclusive residential area of this beautiful Andalusian city and World Heritage Site. It provides a large garden in perfect harmony with nature and wide opened spaces where you can enjoy outdoor activities, including an outdoor pool with Solarium and 2 tennis courts. This charming hotel is located only 7 minutes by car from the historical and monumental center of the city and the TGV station. It offers complete facilities to enjoy your stay in Córdoba.
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What to see in Cordoba
The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba
The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba (World History Site since 1984) is probably the most important monument in the entire traditional western Moslem World and one of the very most amazing buildings on earth in its right. The entire development of the Omeyan style in Spain is seen in its different portions, as well as the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque varieties of the Religious part.
The site that your Mosque-Cathedral occupies has been used for the worship of different divinities since early times. Beneath the guideline of the Visigoths, the Basilica of San Vicente occupied this very site, and later, following the Moslems bought area of the parcel, a primitive Mosque was built. The basilica was rectangular in form, and for some time was distributed by Christians and Moslems. As the Moslem human population increased, the ruler Abderraman I obtained the complete site and demolished the basilica to make method for the first Alhama (main) Mosque in the town. A number of the original building materials from the Visigothic basilica can be observed in the first portion of the Mosque built by Abderraman I.
The fantastic Mosque comprises of two specific areas, the courtyard or sahn, using its porticos (the sole part built by Abd al- Rahman III), where in fact the minaret stands – nowadays, encased in the Renaissance tower – and the prayer hall, or haram. The region inside comprises of a forest of columns with a harmonious colour pallette of red and white arches. The five distinct regions of the Mosque match each one of the five extensions completed.
The annals of Medina Azahara, the impressive, enigmatic city palace that was built for Abd-al Rahman III at the base of the Sierra Morena mountains five mls from the town, is shrouded in common myths and legends. Corresponding to popular notion, Abd al-Rahman III, after proclaiming himself Caliph in 929 A.D., after eight years in ability, opt to build the city-palace in honour of his favorite, Azahara. However, recent research firmly suggests that the true reason behind the Caliph founding Medina Azahara was to market the new image of the recently-created impartial traditional western Caliphate as a one of the most powerful, most effective kingdoms in Medieval European countries.
The town was built on three terraces, ornamented by a city wall membrane, with the Royal Castle situated on the best and the center levels. The low level was reserved for living quarters and the Mosque, that was built beyond your walls. Historical options discuss ten thousand people working daily on building the palace organic, which no charge was spared by Abd al-Rahman to be able to attain the desired propaganda impact: he'd job the image of the new city like the flagship of the powerful kingdom he governed. Wealthy marbles of violet and red, rare metal and valuable rocks, as well as the skilled work of artisans from the best quarries and the now renowned Byzantine efforts, helped to help make the palace undertake its full glory.
Interpretation center The area of the Castle that was public was where in fact the official visits occurred. In the best part, stood the High Hall, with five naves adorned with arches. Further down was the Full Hall: this room was split into three naves with red and bluish marble arches, with the attributes of the building shut, but open at the heart. The Ataurique design (carved vegetable motifs) and the expensive materials used offered the name to the hall, which also acquired baths and opened up out onto the stunning High Garden. This garden was split into four parts, with a summer season house in the centre and four ponds. Star has it that the lake before the High Hall covered mercury and lit up the region with a large number of flashing colours. Some steep, narrow roadways leads us to the fantastic eastern gate, where important overseas emissaries were received by the Caliph. Before this gate is a huge square where in fact the soldiers were drilled and the ceremonial personnel ready for the new arrivals. Outside the location surfaces stands the Mosque, which is thought to have been built-in just over a month.
The website was completely demolished by the succession of Civil Wars which ravaged al-Andalus at the switch of the 11th hundred years, and Madinat al-Zahra is currently in ruins. The enormous effort taken up to create this fantasy city was smashed to items after only seventy years, too brief a life for that which was the first Caliph's “favorite”.
Roman Temple of Cordoba
Next to the city Hall of Cordoba stands the sole Roman temple in Cordoba that we've archaeological facts. The absolute size of the building is impressive: it was focused on the cult of the Emperor, and combined with the Circus Maximus, shaped area of the Provincial Discussion board. It at first stood on an elevated podium and acquired six free-standing Corinthian columns in the entry. Before this is the ara or altar. Today's reconstruction was completed by the architect F?lix Hern?ndez, and has kept Cordoba just one more reminder of the splendour of the location in Roman times. A number of the original parts from the museum are on screen in the Archaeological Museum or in different but attractive places dotted around the town, like the fluted column lying down in Plaza de la Doblas.