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Day 4: Cordoba through Míriam

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On Friday morning we get up sooner. According to the brochure they gave us at the tourist office, the entrance to the Mosque was free from 8:30 to 10 and we wanted to take advantage of it. We had some churros and muffins with hot chocolate and coffee with milk in a bar next to the hotel, since no breakfast was served in the hotel, and we started. We go down the Jewish quarter until we reach the Mosque and enter through the Patio de los Naranjos. Then, when entering the enclosure, I was amazed by the forest of columns, which seemed infinite, and by the atmosphere of the place. There were hardly any tourists and while we admired the fantastic arches, we received the echo of the mass and a slight smell of incense. I was very impressed and thought that, despite the rain and fatigue of those days, it had been worth getting there! We didn't have enough eyes, or goals, to be able to admire and photograph everything! We gaped at the Mihrab, in a niche where it was staying in Koran. The dome of the Mihrab is a marvel made of marble decorated with golden mosaics. Is awesome!

In the center of the Mosque is the Cathedral, which represents a contrast compared to the rest of the enclosure. The cathedral chapel is beautiful, Gothic and Renaissance. In the background is the mahogany wooden choir, which contrasts with the white marble of the rest of the chapel. When the mass ended, we were able to enter to see the details of the cathedral.

Around 10:30 the first groups began to arrive and we were leaving, although we were sad to leave now ... After visiting the Mosque-Cathedral, we were left to visit the Synagogue. To get there, we got lost in a labyrinth of very narrow streets. The Synagogue enclosure is very small compared to the dimensions of the Mosque and not all the Mudejar decoration is preserved, but the reliefs of the arches are really beautiful!

Upon leaving the Synagogue, we found a very nice open courtyard and we entered. There were craft workshops and we were looking a little at the silver filigree tiles and jewels. At 12 we returned to the hotel to check-out, but as until 1 we did not plan to leave, we stayed an hour investigating the surroundings. We walked through Alfaros Street until we reached the church of Santa Marina. Inside the church he had exhibited the Virgin's canopy, a work of considerable goldsmithing, all made of silver. It was worth seeing! On the way we pass through the remains of the Roman Temple of Claudio Marcelo, where you can see part of the columns of the temple.

At 1 we returned to the hotel to collect our bags and leave for the station. This time we decided to take the bus. On the way to the stop it started raining, but luckily the bus stop was covered. Our bus took a long time to arrive, and until 2 in the afternoon we did not arrive at the train station. The first thing we did was buy the tickets for Seville. That was the only train I had not booked because I thought there would not be too many problems to find tickets. Well, if we neglect, we could not get on the train we planned to take! We bought the last two available tickets of the Avant train that left at 15:40. While we waited for the train we had time to eat from the menu at the restaurant of the station: salmorejo and lentils first, and steak and salmon second.

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