Wednesday, July 10: After visiting the Alcazar, we wander through the Juderia visiting the old Jewish Market & the Synagogue.
Jews were once prominent citizens of Islamic Cordoba. The medieval Juderia is a winding maze of streets with whitewashed buildings and pretty flower boxes.
We stop to rub the feet of a statue that is said to give good luck.
The synagogue was built in Mudejar style and consists of a courtyard, accessed from the street, which leads to a hallway, followed by the prayer room. On the eastern side of the hall is a staircase that leads to the women’s gallery. The gallery overlooks the prayer room through three decorative arches.
The synagogue, built in 1315, is one of only three surviving medieval synagogues in Spain and the only one in Andalucía after the Jews were expelled in 1492.
In 1492, it was used as the St. Quiteria hermitage and the house as a hospital for hydrophobic people (people with an irrational fear of water, usually as a result of rabies). A priest discovered its plasterwork on the walls in 1884, when part of the mortar walls fell down.
We wander through another pretty little courtyard.
We then walk into the stunning St. Bartholomew Chapel, a historical and artistic monument dating from 1391. It acquired the rank of parish very soon after it was built until the 17th century.
Then we head to the Bodega Mezquita for a fabulous tapas lunch. I love the posters on the walls of the restaurant.
We share Salmorejo: cold smooth tomato-based cream with emulsified olive oil, Iberian ham and boiled egg garnish.
We also share: Mozarabic meatballs in almond and saffron sauce; homemade oxtail croquettes; Al-Andalus chicken tagine with vegetarian couscous and nuts; and baby broad beans and Serrano ham sauteed with egg and oil with a touch of mint. I don’t share the stewed pork cheeks with sauce, but the others seem to enjoy.
The food is so delicious!!! I savor every little morsel. I especially love the meatballs and the baby broad beans. I wish I could eat like this all the time. 🙂
Before we leave the restaurant, I make a stop in the ladies’ room.
Finally, after lunch we head to the famous Mezquita, but on the way we stop to admire some pretty flower-lined alleys.
Then on to Cordoba’s stunning Mezquita, probably my favorite historical place on my whole trip. 🙂