WHILE promoting itself as a key multicultural city in its bid to become Europe’s 2016 Capital of Culture, Cordoba has scored an own goal.
It comes after the Bishop of Cordoba launched a bid of his own: To rename the city’s mosque, or ‘Mezquita’ as a cathedral.
Demetrio Fernandez insists that the existing name ‘Mezquita-Catedral’ is confusing.
He argues that it was first built as a cathedral in 600AD before the Moorish conquest and that it is the Catholic Church that pays for its upkeep.
It was later during the Moorish conquest in 784AD that it was converted to a mosque.
It has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1984.