Field of Dreams: if you build it, they will come!


Moorish Spain
March 7, 2011, 11:10 am
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“Well, I’m back,” as Sam Gamgee said. We have had a very refreshing and instructive visit to Andalusia, staying partly with the Archdeacon of Gibraltar, and partly travelling by the excellent Spanish railway (RENFE) to Seville and Cordoba. We were present at the Capitular Mass in Seville Cathedral on Sexagesima, singing the Missa De Angelis.The Royal Alcazar palace and the house of Pontius Pilate were also highlights of this part of our tour.

Seville Cathedral

The Alcazar

In Cordoba, our hotel was directly opposite the Mesquita, the great Mosque-Cathedral. To walk among the forest of pillars fulfilled a long-held dream. The Jewish synagogue (one of only three surviving medieval synagogues in Spain- the other two are in Toledo) was also fascinating, as also, in a different way, the narrow alleys and many patio-restaurants and tapas bars of the old Jewish quarter.

The Mesquita.

The synagogue

Your blogger in Tolkienesque pose.

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