Córdoba, Andalusia

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Córdoba is a city in Andalusia, Spain. It is the capital of Córdoba province. It has a population of 321,000.

Córdoba was the capital of the Califate of Cordoba, an Islamic empire in the Middle Ages, when the city was the biggest in Europe, with 250,000 people.

Córdoba is 138 kilometers (86 miles) northeast of the city of Seville and is on the Guadalquivir river. Córdoba has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate (Csa in the Koeppen climate classification) with the hottest summers of all European cities.

History[change | change source]

The Romans occupied Córdoba in 206 B.C. The city was very important in the 900s CE as a famous center of Moorish art and culture. The cathedral in Córdoba is the city's chief landmark. It was built as a mosque (Muslim house of worship) in the 700s and was made into a Roman Catholic cathedral in 1238. More than 1,000 pillars of stone including granite, onyx, marble and jasper support its arches.

Economy[change | change source]

A soft, fine-grained leather called cordovan is made in Córdoba. Córdoba is the center of an agricultural region. Farms produce grain, grapes, olives, and vegetables.