My 5: The Mezquita – Córdoba, Spain.

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1. Puerta del Perdon, March 2017. Cast your eyes over any Best of Andalucia lists and you’ll see the city of Granada catching most of the plaudits, thanks in part to its stunning Alhambra Palace. But there’s nothing second fiddle about the city of Córdoba and its equally dramatic Mezquita (Great Mosque). Hailed as one of the world’s most impressive examples of Islamic architecture, I arrived from Malaga on the bullet train with great expectations. Located in the city’s beautiful historical centre, I entered the Mezquita through this 14th century Mudéjar gateway with a feeling I was about to see something special.

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