For our second swap, Miguel C. from Madrid, Spain, sent me all the coins depicted in the image, including these 3 magnificent 2010 UNC Spanish "Cordoba" commemorative coins, in exchange of several portuguese commemorative ones.
This beautiful coin commemorates the historic centre of Cordoba, the first Spanish site to be included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1984. It portrays the “forest of pillars” of the Great Mosque of Córdoba, one of the most significant and oldest examples of Islamic art in Europe. Built between the 8th and 10th centuries, the Mosque was later consecrated as a Christian cathedral and underwent a series of transformations.
The coin is the first in a new series dedicated to the Spanish sites on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. One of those commemorative coins will be issued every year as from 2010.