I didn't appreciate Albacete too much - Cervantes house for emotional reasons, this passage for aesthetic ones and... what else?
I didn't check the use of this commercial passage, but it is really beautiful.
The original Mudejar church from the 16th century was completely replaced by a new one, built along five centuries, only being finished in 2009. The vault was Gothic in the 17th, Baroque in the 18th, and Civil War piled some of its treasures. The final work was the facade, in New-Romanesque style.
This passage is one of the two only galleries of this sort that exist in Spain. It joins Calle Mayor and Calle del Tinte.
The gallery was designed in 1925 by Buenaventura Ferrando Castells.
The walkway consist of a corridor of arches among pairs of columns. The passage is covered by a coating of iron and glass. The façades are decorated with figures of children with garlands and fruits.
This museum is in a building called Casa de Hortelano. The owner decided to modernize the façade of the house in the early 20th century.
The museum shows:
- Archaeological objects from the Iron, Roman and Visigoth Ages.
- Historical and geographical evolution of cutlery.
- Collection of scissors and knifes: 500 pieces from 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
- Temporal exhibitions.
The Cathedral was built in the 16th century in Renaissance style, replacing a previous Gothic style church. Several styles coexist: the front door is neo-Romanesque, the western façade imitates neo-Gothic, and there are also pointed arches and a rose window in the front.
The domed structure is made up of three naves. There are three chapels in the apse and seven side chapels on each side. A chapel is dedicated to our Lady of Los Llanos, patron of Albacete.
The botanical garden of Castilla-La Mancha is located southwest of the city of Albacete, near the University. It was founded by the regional government, the Universidad de Castilla-la Mancha (UCLM), the Municipality of Albacete and the Provincial Council.
Different research groups of the UCLM develop their activity on the garden, in a building near the entrance which houses laboratories. There is also a building for conferences.
On the grounds of the garden different landscapes of the region are represented: Manchegan wetlands, indigenous plant species, traditional crops, medicinal plants, aromatics, etc. Among the extensive crops, there are olives, almond trees, sunflowers, legumes and cereals. Vineyards are also present as a very representative culture of the region.
The Quercus Walkway is an area dedicated to the Quercus genus: there are species natives to the Western Mediterranean, such as kermes, holm, cork, white oak and muricated oak, and also species natives to the Eastern Mediterranean, Asia and North America.
In the Garden of History, tribute is paid to the most eminent botanists of the region. Beside this garden is the rose garden. The greenhouse is divided into two sections: plants from dry areas (Cactus) and plants from tropical environment, with high humidity requirements.
One of the most interesting buildings in Albacete is the palace called Casa de Hortelano, that houses the museum of knife production. The house was built in 1912 by a local architect, Daniel Rubio, but the owner, Joaquin Hortelano didn't use it for too long - it became, the "casa de cuna" - home daycare for orphans, and successively University, Police department, until its recent transformation in museum, of a very famous industry of Albacete.
I was surprised by a small old house in the center of Albacete. There should be a reason to keep it, but, without a guide, I had to ask a local. And they really had great reasons to preserve it - it is Cervantes house, where most of D. Quixote de La Mancha was written.
Good Lord! So discrete, that landmark in Spanish history and culture!
City Hall is now located in a modern and large building standing beside the old and much more beautiful one, that is now used as the Municipal Museum.
This is a picture taken in the old city of the village of Riopar.Around of the village you can find a lots of campings and bed and breakfast , nice places to stay in the nature.
This is another picture taken in Los Chorros here you can see the water fall.Some campings around this area, are just open during spring,and summer seasons,in winter some of them are closed.
Close to Riopar,you can see this beautiful place: Los Chorros,here start the river Mundo,and are located in Sierra de Alcaraz,close to Jaen province.