Feeling young in Cordoba
Known as “La Docta” because of its many universities, Cordoba surprised us with the huge number of young people all over the city, making it one of the liveliest place we’ve been to in South America. Wondering the streets, we felt as being blended in the young and restless ambiance surrounding us. Even the guides for different touristic tours are young students doing the job for tips. They might not know the answer to all the questions, but they are full of life, always smiling and making jokes… a real pleasure to learn a little bit of history and culture.
The city itself is a mix of colonial and modern architecture: high concentration of colonial buildings in the center (built by Jesuits during the 17th and 18th centuries), which decreases as you walk towards its outskirts, leaving place for the more modern, tall buildings of our days.
Cordoba had been one of the most important cities in South America during the 15th – 16th centuries as it was founded by the Jesuits as being their capital. The Manzana de los Jesuitas, Humanity’s patrimony by UNESCO, is a remaining proof of their power and influence during those days. Big, imposing, not finished on the outside, but full of wealth inside, composed of a dark but goldish church and a whole block of different buildings – the first university in South America, libraries, amphitheaters and so on. We learnt that in order to become a doctor (not a medical one) one had to explain his subject and answer questions in Latin during 3 days in front of a jury…quiet tough, isn’t it?
We loved its young atmosphere, surrounded by numerous green areas, purple trees and art museums! We were missing big cities with everything they have to offer!