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Cordoba Spain is a country with many things to offer its visitors It is not only extremely historic it is also a very beautiful country with many things to sight see Throughout the years the country has come up from the dirt and has become prosperous in a modest sort of way Cordoba is a city in southern Spain capital of Cordoba Province in Andalucia and one of Spains most famous cities located on the Guadalquivir River This city has retained its older sections of whitewashed walls narrow streets and colorful patios that once belonged to the Moorish cities Cordoba is a trade center for the olives and citrus fruit produced nearby and also has many manufacturing industries Products that are traded also include processed food beer textiles machinery and refined copper A variety of handcrafted items are also traded especially silver and leather goods and are also produced to be sold to the many tourists who visit the city Many of the Cordoban people fill their free hours playing chess and a board game called Mangala Mangala is played when players throw dice and move beads around on a board shaped like a modern egg carton today Reciting poetry was also another favorite pastime for the Cordoban people They also liked to play the lute It was a very popular instrument that often appeared in royal settings There are many noteworthy building in Cordoba but probably the most noteworthy is the great cathedral Mezquita which originally was constructed as a Moorish mosque on the site of a Roman temple and also later became a Visigothic church This Cordoban mosque was noted as Spains largest and most beautiful Muslim holy building before its conversion into a Christian Church in 1236 Five times a day a muezzin or crier climbed the minaret n the mosque to remind Muslims to pause and pray Each Friday man gathered in the great mosque to worship together
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