November 16, 2014
Cordoba was the first Muslim capital in the Iberia Peninsula conquered by the Moors in 711AD. Once called the "shiny city,it was the center of science, math, and medicine in Europe, where students from all Europe came to study.King Abd Al-Rahman III, 891-961AD, was the most powerful ruler in Spain at the time who made himself the caliph, the highest religious authority in Spain as well. He is well known for saying at the end of his 50-yar rule that "I have diligently numbered the days of pure and genuine happiness which have fallen to my lot: They amount to 14."
During the heydays of Cordoba, it saw peaceful co-existence of the Muslims, the Catholics, and the Jews. The Moorish king even trusted a wise Jewsih as his prime minister.