Standing tall in the heart of Córdoba, this impressive statue was erected in 2007 to commemorate the historical significance of Islamic rule and culture in Spain.
Located at Plaza de las Tendillas, this grand bronze sculpture stands at over 8 meters high and depicts an Arab warrior atop a horse. The figure is dressed in traditional clothing with a long flowing robe and holds a raised sword as if ready for battle. It’s believed that the figure represents al-Gafequi, who was an important leader during the Muslim conquest of Spain in 711 AD. This significant event marked the beginning of what would become known as Al Andalus – or Islamic Iberia – which lasted until 1492 when it was conquered by Christian forces under King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella I of Castile and Aragon.
The symbolism behind this statue speaks volumes about its importance to both locals and visitors alike; not only does it represent an important part of Spanish history, but also serves as a reminder that Islam has had an immense influence on Spanish culture for centuries. From language to architecture, much can be attributed to Muslim rule throughout these years – making it all even more remarkable when considering how short their reign actually was compared to other European countries like France or England.
Today, visitors from around the world flock here just to take pictures with this magnificent sculpture – making it one of Córdoba’s most popular attractions.