You may be dumbfounded. So was I.

We circle the cobbled streets, besides its high stone walls. Finding the entrance, we traipse through the sunny courtyard with its orange trees and enter the building.

And find this!

Hypnotic indeed!

We’re in the Mezquita in Cordoba, Spain. A huge mosque built in 785.

In 1236, after 500 years of Muslim rule, the city was captured by the kingdom of Castilla. Instead of demolishing the mosque, the new Christian rulers built a cathedral right in the middle of it.

A place of worship today

But the most impressive sight in this now hybrid building of worship is the mihrab, the prayer niche facing Mecca.

An ethereal beauty ...

I count myself extremely lucky and privileged to have seen this architectural wonder.