What would Cordoba be without its way of living devotion?
The passion of the Cordovan way of life has its best representation in religious devotion. As an example, the figure of San Rafael stands as the custodian of the city after his miraculous mediation to eradicate the plague epidemic that devastated Cordoba in the Middle Ages.
A veneration that is part of the daily feeling of the people of Cordoba: there is no house that does not have a figure or image dedicated to the custodian of Cordoba.
But this devotion does not remain in the houses of the Cordovan people, numerous references to the Archangel can be found in its streets, square, cellars and even in the Cordovan people themselves: it is one of the most popular names in its masculine and feminine version.
In short, the city of the three cultures and their people could not be understood without knowing the figure of San Rafael. Who say, has also appeared on numerous occasions.
Contrary to popular belief, San Rafael is not the patron saint of Cordoba: it is San Acisclo.
"El Arcángel aljamiado de lentejuelas oscuras, en el mitin de las ondas buscaba rumor y cuna. Un solo pez en el agua. Dos Córdobas de hermosura. Córdoba quebrada en chorros. Celeste Córdoba enjuta”.Lorca's words to the triumphs of San Rafael in his Romancero Gitano.