"Cordoba", Briefs, Country, Spain

Cathedral of Cordoba

When you encounter the Cathedral of Cordoba, one is astonished by all the architectural details that it has as well as its location. In the sixteenth century, Bishop Manrique is granted permission to build the cathedral inside the mosque by Carlos V, both agreeing that the  Alhaken II expansion of the Mosque be respected and left unaltered.


It was the architect Hernán Ruiz I, the Elder, who began construction in 1523. He developed his work but under certain archaisms Gothic postulates but still definitely introduces Renaissance elements. After his death, construction work continued by his son, his grandson and Juan de Ochoa.

One can clearly view how in the same building there is almost two centuries of architectural evolution. The structure is laid out in a Latin cross, houses Gothic vaults along with other protobarrocas and a Renaissance dome. The altarpiece made of marble was completed in the XVII.

Steming from the Eighteenth century are the majestic pulpits on both sides of the main arch, made of marble and mahogany, by the sculptor Miguel Verdiguer.

During that same century Sevillian taskmaster Pedro Duque Cornejo adds his work in the form of an imposing choir stalls carved in mahogany.

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