The original mosque was built in the 8th century over the site of the Church of St. Vincent using recycled construction material from Roman and Visigothic ruins. Two centuries later, a massive and elaborate expansion was completed. In 1523 part of the mosque was destroyed in order to build a cathedral right in the middle.
I was completely blown away by the infinite spaciousness of this magnificent structure that houses a mosque and a cathedral. No guidebook or photographs could have prepared me for that first impression on seeing what seemed as an endless forest of striped arches, double arches, and pillars of granite, jasper and marble.
It is impossible to fully describe with words this unique mosque/cathedral. Photographs do not do justice to the uniqueness, beauty and peacefulness found inside. I posted an album in Slow Photos with 32 photos of the mosque/cathedral but here are a few images from the album.
Arches leading to the courtyard
Pillars and arches
Detail of the double arches. I was told by our Moroccan guide that the arches in the mosques are representations of the date palm trees found in the Arab countries.
The exquisite mihrab
The High Altar in the cathedral