Cordoba Spain

Kennedy Clarke


Cordoba Spain was captured in 711 by a Muslim Army

In 716 it became a provincial capital

Abd-ar-Rahman allowed the Christians to rebuild their ruined churches and purchased the Christian half of the church of St. Vincent

Symbol of Muslim power in Spain

During the Dark ages this was the most prosperous and sophisticated metropolis

Why Cordoba was the greatest city

Most advanced city in the world during the 10th and 11th centuries

Greatest years of glory were from 756 to 1031 when it was the capital of Al-Andalus

The great Mosque got started building in the 8th century and finished in the 10th century

Was the largest and greatest city in Europe

Most cultured


Boasted paved streets

Public lighting- street lights

Luxurious villas with indoor plumbing along the banks of the Guadalquivir

Skilled artists

agricultural infrastructure

Calligraphy was a highly valued art giving reverence to the language



Boosting Economy

Famous for leather and metal work, glazed tiles and textiles

Oranges, lemons, limes, watermelons, figs, pomegranates, almonds, bananas, artichokes, eggplants, spinach, sugar cane

Herbs and Spices-- Cumin, caraway, coriander fennel, mint, parsley, cloves, nutmeg,

Crops-- Cotton, flax, silk

Dramatic improvement in health and diet because of the help of the crops





Christianity took over

in the 11th century the fall of caliphate, Moorish Spain began to be conquered by the Christians of the North and East

Capture of Cordoba took place in 1236

Christians constructed a wall to cut off the patio

30 side chapels

Changed the Great Mosque to a Cathedral

Name changed to Church of the Virgin of the Assumption

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