Mezquita de Cordoba, Spain - Souvenirs from The World’s Largest Mosque
Regularly coined as one of the world’s most magnificent buildings, the Mezquita of Cordoba is not only the largest mosque in the world but also the largest temple in the world. Known as the ‘Jewel of Islamic architecture’, a fridge magnet of this wonderful religious temple is a sparkling reminder of its old tales of opulence and finery. It dominates an enormous space of 24,000 square meters and is home to a jaw-dropping 856 (of an original 1,293) columns made up of a plethora of decadent materials such as jasper, granite, onyx and marble, which creates the illusion of an endless sea of glistening pillars.
World’s Largest Temple Steeped in Splendor
This stunning historic treasure brings over 1.5million tourists to Cordoba, every year, to revel in its awe-inspired splendor. Although nowadays the ancient building is the cathedral of cordoba, it’s creation was the work of Islamic architects and it’s art and decor was built for the purpose of a mosque, which reflects the many religious changes that Cordoba has undergone over hundreds of years.
Back in the 10th century, Cordoba was the largest and most prosperous of the European cities. This prosperity in the field of science, culture and arts was celebrated by Adb ar-Rahman, one of the most prevalent rulers of Islamic history, who created the great mosque to reflect that time of great resplendence. And that celebration of prosperity is a marvel to witness still today, as one can be taken on a journey through the central courtyard, full of sweet smelling orange trees, and through into the endless decorative and striking areas of this historic monument.