Well, if you are in Cádiz looking for Plaza Topete and you ask anybody (at least any "Gaditano"): "Could you tell me please where Plaza Topete is?" Be ready for many kind of answers: "What?"; "I don't know"; "maybe it's in another city"; "you must be joking" and so on... Everybody calls it Plaza de las Flores!
The second pic shows the Post Office, built in 1825, and the third, the statue of Columela.
Oratorio de la Santa Cueva.
This tiny neoclassical church is sometimes forgot by the main tour operators, though it deserves a visit. It's got some frescoes from Goya inside too.
In Xmas there is a traditional classical music concert, very popular in Cadiz.
Closed on mondays.
This small local museum is not a Top5, but deserves a visit if you are interested in Cadiz History. It has many nice oil paintings, historical documents...
Its main highlights is a wooden/ivory model of the city in the 18th century, 1/250 scale.
The old city is beyond this point. At the beginning, there was just one Gate (Puerta), but they built more later.
There is a virtuak exhibition there.
The second pic is the statue of San Germán, and the third, San Servando, the patrons of Cádiz.
As thename suggests, this showcases the type of housing they had in the ancient times, specifically during the middle ages. They reminded me of old Spanish houses in my own home town in Laguna where the famous Filipino hero Jose, Rizal went to school and lived during his younger days.
A wealth of archelogical excavations are showcased in this place. As it was a holiday, we didn't need to line up. Some exhibits are laid out outside so we had good glimpses of the ancient items on display plus the actual diggings themselves.
They prove Cadiz is indeed an ancient city, quite important in both the olden and modern times! They also showed that marbles and sandstone structures were extensively dug in this area and withstood the test of time! Even the platform walkways to the museum exhibits were made of marble, amazing!
More scenes of Spanish architecture and Cadiz daily grind can be felt around the area of Nueva Catedral which is also near Plaza de Fray Felix so those places just connect with each other. A good walk around this area is just pleasant especially we were there before 10 in morning when only a handful of locals are up and about. It was also a holiday as far as we know when we arrived so there were no churchgoers scrambling to beat us to the churches!
If you start walking along the Campo del Sur, with views of the towering silhouette of Cádiz, you can find this New Cathedral, the main front of which faces the south side of the Plaza de Pio XII.
According to a website on Spanish tourism building began in 1722 by Vincente de Acero but was not completed until 1838.
This medieval section of the city of Cadiz is another excellent example of how you can get an authentic feel of local Cadiz life. The markets, the buildings housing the many shops/arcades just shout of genuine ancient Spanish architecture and culture! As a square, you can be sure to bump into locals and tourists alike!
The photos will give you some images of Cadiz daily grind.
At this plaza, named after a Franciscan missionary , you can find a typical Spanish lay out, many alleys made of cobble stones and lots of stone structures around- the buildings, church/cathedral, religious images,shops etc.. there's also a museum, it was closed when we were there, thank goodness for that as we won't have time to fully appreciate it for sure!
There are shops housed in ancient little spaces, but selling modern gear- clothes, souvenirs, etc..
The official name is Santa Cruz sobre el Mar or Santa Cruz sobre las Aguas, and it was built between 1.722 and 1.838. The "gaditanos" (people from Cádiz), call it "Catedral Nueva" (New Cathedral) due to the other one built in the XVIth century.
Second pic: Arquitecto Acero Gate.
Plaza de San Antonio is the largest plaza in Cadiz, a giant open area for people to gather. The center is open but along the edges there are benches for people to sit and visit. These open spaces are necessary so that Cadiz does not become claustrophobic. In the springtime you may see workmen applying new paint to make the city even more charming.
Cadiz is a little strange, something you may notice are the trees along the streets, what you may not notice at first glance, or until I looked at my vacation pictures, is that there is very little exposed earth, the whole place is paved over except for these small openings to allow trees to grow. Sure there are areas like the botanical gardens, but in the city it is all paved. Look at these orange trees, even the openings to the earth are covered with paving bricks.
This is one of rare Roman factories to treat and salt fish and seafood, and one of most important in all Mediterranean area for his Garum production. The Garum was a sauce made by processing seafood interiors and Romans very appreciated it although it was very expensive. Cadiz was one of biggest and vital town producing and storaging those precious foods, and one of most ancients.
The visit is detailed by a sequence of informative panels, and a video try to rebuild the history and work of the factory.
Like most of the towns and cities we visited in Spain the entire area is "spotted" with churches and even a Cathedral now and again. Cadiz is no exception. Since the Cathedral (shown on the outside in photo 1) charges entrance we decided to visit the Church of Santa Cruz which is just around the corner from it. The decorations you can see in the second photo. The 3rd and 4th photos show the church of San Antonio. The last photo shows a church that I could not find on my tourist map...either the church is too new or the map is too old...
Even though Cadiz is a major Spanish city, you could walk many of the streets and find them comparatively empty as you can see by the photos here. It was nice to be able to have a few moments of quiet in this busy city. These streets were not on the tourist map, they were just our "connections" between points of interest since we did not always follow the marked routes. So what I am saying is get off those marked routes a little and just let your feet take you where they will.
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