Medieval religious building reflects modern conflict

In the 8th century, the caliphs of Cordoba, Spain constructed the magnificent great mosque. After their conquest, 13th century Christians rechristened the building a cathedral. Now the two cultures have begun to clash again over tourist signs.

Throughout the city of Cordoba, signs point millions of visitors to the “mosque-cathedral,” but a visit by the Pope has led the city's bishop to protest the building's dual designation. “There’s no problem saying that the Muslim caliphs built this temple to God, the bishop wrote. But it is completely inappropriate to call it a mosque today because it has not been one for centuries, and to call it a mosque confuses visitors.

Others protest that for centuries the city was a center for cultural harmony between Christians, Muslims and Jews.