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Mezquita; Christian alcove
Spain, Portugal and Basque France Adventure 2014

Moors, Christians, Romans and ‘chiringuitos’

Torremolinos, Andalusia, Spain and Canary Islands
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Early morning we walked around the block to the great Mezquita (one of the largest mosques in the world). This was constructed by the Moors between the 8th and 10th centuries after they demolished a Christian church on that same site. When the Christians defeated the Moors, they preserved the mosque but remodeled the inside to accommodate their cathedral. We were awed by the interior, a masterpiece of hundreds of patterned columns made of onyx, marble and other materials, and topped with red-and-white striped arches. It was stunning to see the Christian altars, fantastic church organ, tapestries, relics and alcoves integrated in the Moorish setting. We all agreed that it was unlike anything we’ve ever seen and an absolute MUST SEE when anyone visits Spain.

When parking the night before, we did not appreciate that the spacious parking garage was built inside Roman ruins! We now set off to Torremolinos on the Mediterranean coast where we were going to spend two nights. We followed the Montilla-Moriles wine-route and bypassed Malaga, the capital of Costa del Sol.

Our Hostal Guadalupe on the ocean boulevard was easy to find. Torremolinos is like a mixture of Myrtle Beach and Miami seafronts. The streets are beautifully clean and lined with little tourist shops that are locked behind roll-up garage doors at night. Along the whole Torremolinos coast there are ‘chiringuitos’ (beach bars) where one can try the famous fried fish of Malaga or the sardines ‘on the spit’ (locally known as ‘Espetos’).

Herb and Judy wanted to enjoy the hostal’s home-cooked food while Maryln and I opted for barbequed meat at a beach bar. We enjoyed watching the world soccer, sharing the anguish of fellow Swiss diners when their team lost. Later that night, it was USA’s turn to be defeated by Belgium. Maryln led me into temptation by showing me the lovely selection of desserts at another restaurant and we shared a marble chocolate cake and had some very nice coffee.

Bridge en route to Mezquita
View of balcony and ocean from my bedroom
Tribute to Picasso
Torremolinos: my bedroom window from balcony
Torremolinos beach scene
Roman ruins in parking garage, Cordoba
Quesos, Jamones Y vinos
Mezquita; integrated Christian and Moor
Mezquita; Christian alcove
Lunch Cordoba
Hostal la Fuente, Cordoba
En route to Mezquita
Cordoba: Roman coliseum pillars
Ceramics display next to Mezquita
Ancient stone walkway at Mezquita
Mezquita; integrated Christian and Moo
Mezquita; Mosque section
Mezquita; Mosque section
Mezquita; church benches within Moor pillars
Mezquita; Christian worship
Mezquita; integrated Christian and Moor
Mezquita; Patterns on the roof in the mosque
Mezquita;Moorish pillars
Mezquita; Outside Mosque
Mezquita; Mosque pillars and arches
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