Jerez, Cordoba, and Ronda

We made two day trips and one overnight trip from Seville. This page contains a few of our favorite pictures from these side trips.

Jerez
Jerez is noted for two things: sherry and horses. We visited the Sandeman Bodega to see sherry made and have a sherry tasting and we visited the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art where we toured the grounds and saw a performance.

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Looking over the practice track to the stadium at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art.

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A student practicing. The teach both horseback riding and carriage driving.

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The interior of the stadium. The signals the rider gives the horse are very subtle and hard to detect.

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Courtyard in the Jerez Cathedral

Cordoba
Cordoba is famous for the Mezquita, a large former mosque with a church in the middle of it.

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The mosque had a number of double arches.

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The Mihrab or Alter of the Mosque. During prayers everyone faces the mihrab. The iman stands facing the mihrab and speaks into it. The acoustics of the building work to amplify his voice so all can hear.

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The Steeple of the Cathedral from one of the Streets in the Old Town

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A typical church rises from within the mosque.

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The City Walls

Ronda
We stayed at Ronda overnight and would have been happy to stay a week there. It has scenery, a nice old town, and delightful weather. The highlight of Ronda is a deep chasm spanned by three centuries old bridges.

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The New Bridge was built in the last half of the eighteenth century.

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The New Bridge at Night

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The Parador where we stayed is built on the edge of the chasm next to the new bridge.

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And this was the view from our room!

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The Old Bridge

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The Roman Baths

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The City Square

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The largest and the oldest bullfighting arena in Spain

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The Oldest Bridge. Each successive bridge was built at a higher elevation in the chasm until the new bridge was built at the top of the chasm.

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