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old Jewish temple

September 13, 2004

Interestingly enough, the focal point of the Jewish Quarter in Cordoba is the mosque-turned-cathedral, a site with no Jewish history whatsoever. But just a few blocks away is a small building, the remnant of a temple that hasn't been used in over 500 years. It's a strange place: the main room is cubic, a feature common in Moorish (but definitely not Jewish) architecture, and the walls are decorated with elaborate Moorish-looking geometrical patterns like the one in this photo. But the inscription below it is definitely Hebrew, though I don' have a clue what it says.