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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Simone S (15 months 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 (2 years ago)
Beautiful place but unfortunately closed for a month or more from July
Lory DePaor (2 years ago)
July 2018. Place closed for essential work on roof therefore only able to see around the outside. Supposedly finished in August 2018.
labete44 . (3 years ago)
A really enchanted place
M Strogen (5 years ago)
Wonderful mystical place!
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