Cordoba In Spain
This is a brass coloured metal fridge magnet souvenir of Cordoba in Spain. Cordoba is a city in Andalusia, southern Spain, and the capital of the province of Cordoba. It has been estimated that in the 10th century Cordoba was the most populous city in the world, and became a center for education with many libraries, medical schools and Universities at the time. These Universities contributed towards developments in mathematics and astronomy. During these centuries Cordoba became the intellectual center of Europe. Today it is a moderately-sized modern city with a population of about 330,033. Cordoba has the second largest Old town in Europe, the largest urban area in the world declared World Heritage by UNESCO. Roman remains include the Roman Temple, the Theatre, Mausoleum, the Colonial Forum, the Forum Adiectum, an amphitheater and the remains of the Palace of the Emperor Maximian in the Archaeological site of Cercadilla, among others.
Sculptures And Statues
The most important building and symbol of the city, the Great Mosque of Cordoba and current cathedral, alongside the Roman bridge, are the best known facets of the city. Other tourist attractions are featured throughout the city. Ten statues of Archangel Raphael, protector and custodian of the city, called Triumphs of Saint Raphael are located in landmarks such as the Roman Bridge, the Puerta del Puente and the Plaza del Potro. In the western part of the Historic Centre are the statue to Seneca, the Statue of Averroes, and Maimonides. Further south is the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, the monument to the Catholic Monarchs and Christopher Columbus. In the Guadalquivir river, near the San Rafael Bridge is the Island of the sculptures, an artificial island with a dozen stone sculptures executed during the International Sculpture Symposium. Up the river, near the Miraflores bridge, is the "Hombre Rio", a sculpture of a swimmer looking to the sky and whose orientation varies depending from the current.