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The cathedral church in Cordoba is unusual and one of its kind, it is in a mosque. La Mezquita, meaning the Great Mosque, as the Spaniards call it, was built in the 8th century. It is one of the most famous mosques in the world and the largest former mosque in Europe - its area is about 23,000 m². The most characteristic of this place is the forest of over 800 columns with white and red arches forming corridors that seem to stretch endlessly.
After the capture of Cordoba in 1235 by the army of King Ferdinand III, the cathedral chapter of Cordoba decided to build a Christian cathedral in the middle of the Great Mosque. To do this, the Muslim temple was partially rebuilt, among others cutting out 63 columns. Apparently, when Emperor Charles V saw these changes, he said: "You destroyed something that was unique and you put something that can be seen everywhere!"