Photographer's Note

Hello friends, today I offer this beautiful stained glass window to the backyard of a private home in Córdoba, the photo is taken from the entrance gate using a little zoom, hope you like it.

Cordoba is a city in Andalusia, Spain, capital of the province, located in a depression on the banks of the Guadalquivir River and the foothills of Sierra Morena. It is the third city in Andalusia by both size and population, behind only Sevilla and Malaga. Today is a medium sized city, in which we can still see old buildings with architectural elements of when Córdoba was the capital of Hispania Ulterior in times of the Roman Republic, or the province Andalusia during the Roman Empire and the Caliphate of Córdoba during the Muslim era, whose leaders ruled much of the Iberian Peninsula. According to archaeological evidence, the city once numbered around one million inhabitants in the tenth century, being the largest city, educated and affluent worldwide. The mosques, libraries, bathrooms and souks, abound in the city, brewing the basis of the European Renaissance. During the long European Middle Ages, in "Corduba" flourished arts and sciences. The city had many sources, public lighting and drainage, during the heyday Caliphate. Its historic center was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994, but ten years earlier, in 1984, had been the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba. He was a candidate for European Capital of Culture for 2016. Being a finalist to represent Spain. Córdoba was the birthplace of three great philosophers: the Roman stoic Seneca, the Muslim Averroes and the Jew Maimonides. Also born in Cordoba poets Lucan, Ibn Hazm, Juan de Mena and Luis de Góngora. It was the capital of the Roman province Hispania Ulterior Baetica province (Andalusia), golden age, which once numbered as many recreational buildings and Rome itself that provided great philosophers like Seneca Anneo Lucio, orators and poets Seneca and Marcus Annaeus as Lucan. Later occupied an important place in the province of Spania the Byzantine Empire and during the Visigothic period. Again reached the capital during the Independent Emirate and Caliphate Umayyad West, a period that reached its zenith, growing to between 250,000 and 500,000 inhabitants, in the tenth century the largest city in the world, and a large cultural, political and economic. In 711, Arab and Berber armies entered the Iberian peninsula, and in less than seven years nearly all the territory came under Muslim rule. There had been two centuries when Cordoba became the largest city in Europe and the world with the possible exception of Constantinople, and possibly the most cultured. During the tenth century, also finally completed the Great Mosque of Cordoba. Stated that she kept the arm of Mohammed, and became an important center of pilgrimage for Muslims. A publication says: "His character was exceeded only sacred Mecca and [...] the visit absolve the faithful from the obligation to make the pilgrimage to Arabia." Currently, those who visit it still marvel at the magnificence of the large number of marble columns (about 850) and the ornate arches. It has been described as "the most beautiful temple Muslim world." The city had a famous university and public library containing about 400,000 volumes. There were 27 free schools to teach poor children, and literacy levels, both boys and girls, was very high. Young people who belonged to the nobility of the Catholic kingdoms of northern Spain were educated at the court arrears and wealthy women in charge of France's most elegant costumes Cordoba. It was adorned with gardens, waterfalls and artificial lakes, and through an aqueduct, was supplied abundant fresh water sources and public baths, of which, according to a Muslim chronicler, had seven hundred. Throughout the city could see sumptuous palaces, one of which, al-Zahra (Zahra Medina), on the outskirts of Cordoba, required twenty-five and the hard work of 10,000 workers to complete. Its ruins still testify to its former greatness. In 1236 it was conquered for Castile and Leon by King Fernando III El Santo.
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Model: NIKON D3100
Software: PhotoScape
Exposure Time: 10/1250 sec
F-Stop: f/5.6
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 38 mm
Date Taken: 2011-04-06 12:46
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
File Size: 274 kb

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