Founded by the Romans, Cordoba was important due to its strategic position on the highest navigable point of the Guadalquivir River, which was used for shipping Spanish olive oil, wine and wheat back to Ancient Rome. The Romans built the mighty bridge crossing the river, now called "El Puente Romano". Cordoba eventually became the capital of the Moorish kingdom of El-Andalus
When the city was reconquered by the Christians in 1236, the new rulers of the city were so awed by its beauty that they left it standing, which is one of the reasons why it attracted me to paint the view across the river.
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