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Tour: “From Minarets to Belfries: Towers that marked the urban landscape of Cordoba”
April 23, 2022There will be two tours, at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
We will send an email to those participating to tell them where the meeting point is located. There will be two tours, at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Free entry after registering.
On Saturday, April 23, researcher Belén Vázquez will be giving a tour that allows us to become familiar with the architectural landmarks that formed the landscape of Cordoba. As part of the Nights of Ramadan. SOLD OUT.
Minarets were fundamental features rising above the mosques of Al-Andalus, where the muezzin called Muslims to prayer. After the Christian conquest, many were repurposed as belfries for churches. Throughout this tour, we will learn about the characteristics of these important architectural landmarks which spatially and symbolically marked the urban landscape of Madinat Qurtuba firstly, and centuries later that of late medieval Cordoba. To do this, we will be giving a tour of the age-old Islamic medina (which later became the Christian city), seeing some testimonies that have reached our days to contextualize its importance in the medieval city. We will end the tour at the recently restored minaret tower of San Juan de los Caballeros, one of the oldest minarets in the Islamic West. You will have the opportunity to access the inside of this site at the end of the tour.
Two tour times are available:
- At 10:00 a.m. (register here) SOLD OUT
- At 12:00 p.m. (register here). SOLD OUT
Belén VázquezVázquez has worked on urban archeology in Cordoba as part of an agreement between the Municipal Urban Planning Department of Cordoba and the University of Cordoba. She is currently a researcher at the University of Cordoba (in the Sisyphus Research Group) and is working on her doctoral thesis on water management in Madinat Qurtuba, with a special interest in the caliphate suburbs which extended west of the medina.
With the cooperation of: The Historical Center of Cordoba Association.