Once upon a time, Cordova was one of the cities where everybody could live without differences of religion, cultures or sex. For that reason, today we will talk about the legacy of Jews in Spain, Sephardies. Sefarad (ספרד) was the name of the Iberian Peninsula for the Jewish community.
After being Cordova declared as the capital of al-Ándalus, many people came from everywhere of the Peninsula to the city, which it became very small for so many inhabitants. So, the Roman wall was not enough to protect them. In that moment many people lived outside the wall creating different neighbourhoods called ‘arrabales’ (suburbs), although those suburbs became part of the city.
Cordova’s history is not only heroic battles, important characters or tolerance among different cultures and religions. There were other events not so important and cheerful to remember. In this post we will talk about a very important plague which affected a lot demographically and economically to our city.
Talking about Al Andalus in Cordova is focus on the Ummayad’s period and the tolerance of the three cultures (Christians, Muslims and Jews), the important Governors such as Emirs or Caliphs and the monuments built at that time.
Thinking on Christmas is to remember our family at home singing Christmas songs. However, to know the tradition from other city is an experience and to have the opportunity to know Cordovan Christmas is something unique. So, you should come to Cordova at least once in your life! Christmas in Cordova is very different and special. You will not see snow, chimneys or candy canes. You will find other traditional things such as decorated lamps, anisette, mantecados, shortbread cookies or roasted almonds cakes typical from Andalucia, South Spain.
Everybody knows Christopher Colombus, a Genovese man whose dream was to go to Asia from the West of Spain, but finally he discovered the American Continent. This famous trip could not be possible without Catholic Kings’ financing...
Claudio Marcelo was a military man who belonged to a very important family related with the Government of the Roman Republic period. He got different titles such as consul (magistrate of high rank who was responsible for the Government and the army), pontifex (high priest), general, etc.
The Ummayads’ caliphate of Cordova was characterized by its culture, science, art, etc. It was also very important to promote them. There were many important characters from Al-Andalus, brilliant people who improved themselves to investigate and to enrich their minds...
The Jewish Quarter of Córdoba is one of the most important places in Cordoba. It is the perfect place to get lost on the streets and squares, which is the best way to know the city. It is a beautiful place that brings you to old times. The Jewish Quarter is part of the historical centre of Córdoba, which was declared Wold’s Heritage by the UNESCO in 1994.
Medina Azahara was ordered to build by Abderramán III, the Ummayad calif in 936. Ten years later, the Court was moved from the capital of Cordoba (Qurtuba) to his new city, Madinat al-Zahra, the shiny city. The question is why having an important city like Cordoba, with excelent infrastructures and palaces, he decided to build a new city close to the capital of the Caliphate.
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