Let’s admit it, we all have planned a trip to Spain with pals at some point after watching Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. And we should because Spain is a beautiful country with a rich culture and some really interesting history. What most people don’t know is that the Muslim Moors ruled Spain for much of the medieval period and have left for us some really beautiful Spanish mosques. Although many of those mosques were demolished and turned into churches, some of them managed to survive the Spanish attempt to delete the Muslim rule in Spain from the pages of history.
The spectacular mosques of Spain
1. The great mosque of Cordoba
The Cordoba mosque is one of most visited Spanish mosques and comes under UNESCO world heritage site and is absolutely worth seeing. You get a one hour guided tour inside the magnificent monument but there’s so much to see. Inside you will discover a forest full of columns and double arches, the Maqsura, the Mihrab, and the impressive chorus located close to Mayor Chapel. The architecture is breath-taking and local knowledge by the tour guide takes you back into the medieval times.
The site of the original minaret is the place where the bell tower has been built. It’s possible to climb the steps to the very top for superb views of Cordoba. Stand in awe of a magnificent mosque, today a cathedral, which beautifully displays a combination of an array of religious architectural styles and successfully creates an astonishingly beautiful landmark.
Where: Calle Cardenal Herrero, 1, 14003 Córdoba, Spain
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2. Mosque of Cristo de la Luz
It is one of the only mosques that has remained in the same state as it was in the Moorish period. It is a small square structure like it used to be back then and it tells the story of the city through its architecture. Though space is small, its grounds from the small square interior with Moorish horseshoe arches, to the outside gardens with views of the city transport visitors back some thousand years in time, making this a pretty special stop.
A fragment of Roman road is also present, well-preserved under the glass floor and a variety of Roman and later architectural salvage in the enchanting garden, which leads to a viewing balcony with great views of the Northern outskirts of the city. A definite must see and part of the discount bracelet scheme, which gives reduced entry prices at six of religious sites around Toledo.
Where: Calle Cristo de La Luz 22, 45003 Toledo, Spain
3. Almonaster Mosque
Castle Almonaster la Real’s fortified walls encapsulate the mosque which may not look the most beautiful monument but tells you a lot about the Moorish period as it one of the surviving architectures in the region. It is such a gem of history tucked away in the corner if Spain. The whole of the city is so beautiful and peaceful as it is not a touristy spot but a long walk around the mosque with views of valleys and birds chirping around makes it a must visit the place.
4. Alcazar of Jerez de la Frontera
An elegant and imposing monument which finds a strong place in the history of Spain, the Alcazar Jerez de la Frontera was constructed first by Andalusia’s Moorish rulers, back in the 11th century. In the Monumental ensemble in the Alcazar of Jerez, you can see many centuries of history, it is very well preserved. It has huge towers and massive 4000m walls, climb to the top of this lookout to get a bird’s eye view of the whole city.
You can see a panoramic view of the city from the Camera Obscura. Stroll around the Palace to see its walls and towers or the back of the Cathedral.
Where: Alameda Vieja, Jerez De La Frontera, Spain
5. Madrid Central Mosque
This is actually the Islamic Cultural Center of Madrid plus a mosque. The Madrid Central Mosque or Abu-Bakr Mosque is a building located in the neighborhood of Tetuán district. During its construction, its proximity to the Estrecho (Strait) metro station gave birth to the popular name of the Strait Mosque. The building, spread over four floors, has in addition to the mosque and offices, a nursery, a school, a library, an auditorium and a shop.
It performs worship, charitable, educational, cultural and social functions. It is right in the center of the city and should be in your to-visit places on your next trip to Spain.
Where: Calle Anastasio Herrero, 5, 28020 Madrid, Spain
6. Seville Cathedral
Join the queue to see Seville’s famous Cathedral once the site of a mosque and still retaining some features from that Moorish period of Spain’s history. Once inside the scale of the place is breath-taking and that long queue of seemingly hundreds of people just disappears into its spacious footprint. There’s much to see including ornate altars, what purports to be the tomb of Christopher Columbus, some major ecclesiastical bling and last but not least The Giralda Tower, a section of the mosque that once stood here.
It is beautifully lit at night and there are live musicians playing on the terrace which gives really good feels and makes it a top place to visit
Where: Avenida de la Constitucion s/n, 41004 Seville, Spain (Casco Antiguo)
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The Bashrat mosque is situated in Pedro Abad in the Spanish comarca of Alto Guadalquivir, province of Cordoba. Centre of the Ahmadiyya Movement which stirred Spain, the mosque has been of high historical importance. It has two minarets around it and it was built in 1982. Though it is not that famous, it has a great historical significance to it. It is the first purpose-built mosque since the end of Muslim rule at the end of the 15th century
Where: 14630 Pedro Abad, Córdoba, Spain
8. King Abdul Aziz Mosque
It is an Islamic place of worship located in Marbella, Spain. It is of huge significance as it is one of the first mosque built in modern times in Spain. it is funded by Saudi Arabia. It can hold over 800 people and consists of housing for the imam, library and beautiful gardens. With palm trees dotting in a natural backdrop enhance the excellent Andalusian features. It has separate areas for the males and females and five times a day, the azan is repeated beautifully, over the loudspeakers.
Where: Las Lomas de Marbella | Urb. Marbella Montana, 29602, Marbella, Spain
9. Mosque of las Tornerías
It is a former Moorish mosque in Toledo, Spain. It was around the middle of the 11th century that this mosque was built in, on the foundations of Roman architecture, located in the old Muslim neighborhood Arrabal de Francos. In order to distribute drinking water throughout the city, the mosque was built on the walls of Roman water tanks. It is quite unfortunate that this hidden gem has neither been opened to the public nor been restored, despite being one of the only two surviving Mosques in the City of Three Cultures.
Where: Plaza Solarejo 7, 45001 Toledo, Spain
Giralda is the bell tower of the Cathedral Seville. With Renaissance style, it was built at a minaret during the period of Moorish rule. UNESCO, in the year 1987, recorded the same as a World Heritage Site. With a height of 104.1 meters, the minaret serves as a vital sign of the city of Seville. If permitted, you can take a horse ride up to the top of the tower.
Where: Av. de la Constitución, s/n, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
This is it from the rich Spanish Islamic culture. Spain is a beautiful country and these mosques magnify the same. So pack your bags and go travel Spain and dive into the oceans and take a peek into the beautiful architecture and history that the world has to offer.
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