Córdoba – See the archaeological remains of a Visigothic church in the Mezquita

Archaeological remains of the Visigothic church of San Vicente in the Mosque of Córdoba

When you begin your essential visit to the interior of the Mezquita de Córdoba , in Andalucía , on the right side of the building you will soon see on the ground a handrail that delimits a hole covered by a glass window, where archaeological excavations are shown .

These are archaeological remains of the church of San Vicente , a Christian Visigoth church that was located on the site where around 780 the first phase of the Umayyad Mosque began to be built.

Indeed, you may not know that the Mosque of Cordoba was built on the remains of an ancient Visigoth church that was built in the middle of the 6th century , and that at that time it became the main Christian temple in the city of Cordoba .

Archaeological remains of the Visigothic church of San Vicente in the Mosque of Córdoba

After the occupation of Cordoba by the Arabs during the 8th century, the Visigoth church of St. Vincent began to be shared for religious use by Christians and Arabs.

This shared use of the temple of Visigoth origin was maintained until during the reign of Abderraman I the desirability of building a mosque was considered, which led to the disappearance of the church of St. Vincent .

Archaeological remains of the Visigothic church of San Vicente in the Mosque of Córdoba

It was not until the period between 1930 and 1936 that excavations were carried out in the oldest area of the Mosque of Córdoba , the construction of which was ordered by Abderramán I , which allowed the discovery of archaeological remains of the disappeared church of San Vicente .

Apart from the mentioned hole in the ground that you will see at the beginning of the visit to the Mosque , at the back to the right of the temple, in the area corresponding to the extension made by Al Hakam II , you will see some showcases where you can see capitals, pillars and mosaics, as well as other objects with Christian iconography that were brought to light during the excavations.

This area of the Mosque is currently known as the Visigoth Museum of San Vicente .

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