Night Bus to Córdoba; by Alan

img_1148img_1161img_1165img_1181img_1186img_1205img_1206img_1219A very comfortable 160deg seat meant that we would have slept our way to Córdoba but for a delicious plastic dinner being served at about midnight. Not many takers.

Left and arrived on time at very smart efficient bus terminals (Guildford please take note). A taxi took us to our Servas hosts Suzi and Francisco who live in a pleasant suburb.
Founded in 1573, it was during the 16 and 17th centuries that the Jesuits made Córdoba their headquarters for the Southern Part of SA. They founded the first university and, now a world heritage site, their buildings (Manzana Jesuitica) in the centre of town house a wonderful library, part of the current university, two places of worship and, rather magnificently, a state secondary school ( which also has a fascinating collection of old scientific instruments).Whilst we were there, during lunch break, rock music blasted out through the cloisters..wonderful.

Charles lll of Spain kicked the Jesuits out in 1767..he was frightened of their immense influence in South America. They did return to Córdoba approximately a century later but left after only one further year.
Córdoba was a lovely city to wander around for a couple of days before taking off on a rather unexpected short trip to Villa Carlos Paz where the locals go for a day out or maybe a longer break.

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