At the centre of the quarter is the Synagogue in Calle de los Judios. one of only three originals remaining in Spain. A Mudéjar construction dating from 1315 was converted to a church in the 16th century and rediscovered in the 19th Century. The interior includes a gallery for women and plaster work with inscriptions from Hebrew psalms and others with plant motifs on the upper part.
Its main beautifully restored wall has a semi-circular arch where a chest with the Holy Scrolls of Law used to be kept.
Maimonides, a Sephardic Jewish Philosopher and Astronomer, was born in Cordoba in 1135 or 1138. A statue of him stands in Plaza Maimonides near the Synagogue. Moshe ben Maimon (his name in Hebrew) became one of the most prolific and influential Torah scholars and physicians of the middle ages. I did not pass up the opportunity to rub his foot since it is supposedly considered good luck and gains some of his wisdom.
The ride to Cordoba and to Torremolinos is picturesque with mountains and a hilly landscape packed with olive trees and some almond trees. This photo is an almond tree in bloom.
I must say they have a really good handle on the garbage. Garbage goes in these metal containers and goes underground where it is picked up and then recycled into organic material. A morning side trip took us to a small beach town called Mijas Costa in Costa del Sol in southern Spain. It's a typical Spanish village with whitewashed buildings with blue flower pots in facades. The residential life of Mijas Costa is very much 21st century. Holiday rentals available range from small studio apartments for rent to major villa developments with Mediterranean sea and mountain views everywhere.
Exploring the Spanish culinary scene and Malaga.