The Mezquita was built from a visigothic basilica from the 5th century, reusing its materials, and is one of the few surviving Spanish rural mosques.

It is an oddly-shaped building, made of brick and stone in a trapezoid shape, probably because of the hilly terrain. The oration room has 5 naves, whose arches, like in the Mezquita in Cordoba, are perpendicular to Qibla. The central nave is wider than the 2 nearby, which are in turn wider than the 2 outer naves. The Mihrab has lost its paint, and looks quite archaic; only the brick and stone is visible. In the oration room, 16 undated tombs were found.

When Spain became Christian, many changes were made, including the addition of a central axis in accordance with the new religion. The old door and the North flank were also reconstructed. Despite these changes, the whole building still retains a rustic charm.

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Founded: 9th century AD
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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the Chateau (3 years ago)
Unique old mosque, on a beautiful hill.
Simone S (3 years ago)
This is such a fantastic place! Incredibly well preserved, this is a unique example of a 1 thousand years old mosque in this area! Certainly worth a visit!!!
Simone S (3 years ago)
This is such a fantastic place! Incredibly well preserved, this is a unique example of a 1 thousand years old mosque in this area! Certainly worth a visit!!!
L G (4 years ago)
Beautiful place but unfortunately closed for a month or more from July
L G (4 years ago)
Beautiful place but unfortunately closed for a month or more from July
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