Sacred Art Museum
The museum was inaugurated in 1990 by Rafael Taboada Vazquez - the Abbot of the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria. The design of the museum was undertaken by Manuel Gallego Jorreto and is some 32 sqm (8m x 4m).
The museum holds a collection of silver and gold which has been treasured by the Abbey; the majority of the items of the collection come from the period between 1750 and 1825. This was when the abbey was at it's strongest financial position.
Casa Museo Maria Pita ( Maria Pita House Museum)
The aim of the Maria Pita Museum is to make the life of the City's heoine known in context of her time - the 16th and 17th centuries. The museum is built on the site of the home of Maria Pita's first husband, Juan Alonso de Rois, had owned a house.
The museum is rather narrow but has a number of floors as is the historical nature of these buildings and homes. There are a number of floors with different themes -
Ground Floor: A history of the City and how it changed over time.
Background Room: A reproduction of the shop and main bedroom of the house where Maria Pita's parents lived.
First Floor: Outline of International relations of the time and the role of La Coruna played - notably the 1589 siege by an English fleet under the orders of Sir Francis Drake, in retaliation for the Spanish Aramada of 1588,
Second floor: The siege of La Coruna in 1589 and a glimpse of the very complex life of Maria Pita herslef.
S. Jorge ......St George's Church
This church is located next to the City Hall and always seems to have a steady stream of worshippers. It is worth a visit - even if only to see the somewhat small and understated stain glass window showing San Jorge (St George).
It was funny to see an obelisk in Spain!!! and even moreso in A Coruna. It was pretty and more than 100 years old. It was built to honour one of their minister in Santiago who contributed a lot to La Coruna.
At night, the obelisk is lited up - another pretty sight..
And the best bit ...it was across from the MNG boutique...so i went inside and browse at the huge huge boutique... and not far from here is also Zara boutique and Loewe boutiques.
PARK ~ JARDINE DE MENDEZ NUEZ
I took a walk from the Palexco, towards the greeneries. Being early in the morning, there were lots of people walking their oversized big and very tiny dogs. It was amazing watching the dogs and their owners...they seem to know each other...thre owners and the dogs!!!
There were plenty of people on their way to the conference...noted the bag they carry and the tag they wear...and every now and then they stop to take pictures...
so i took this picture - which was very close to their national teather - under renovation though...becos nearly everyone that stopped by took it...
Here is a picture of my husband going to register for the conference. There were tens of thousand people from all over the world coming to attend this catorgraphy conference - held every two years in the world. It is a big event, where new techiques are shared.
The location of the conference is close to the marina, walking to the Maria Pita Square...and most of the helpers were volunteers from the local university. When I left my husband there, i took a walk to their parks..which was simply awesome. There were lots of nice plants and also wonderful fountains, and sculptures.
Along the Marina
Walk along the Marina @ Darseana de la Marina. You will find lots of nice cafes to have breakfast, coffee etc. There are different prices on the menu, and cheapest is on the bar, and then table service but most expensive to sit on the terrace.
There are also lots of nice eateries, and also fast food like Burger King is. Nearby is the Tourism Office, where you get lots of information of the town, and also what to do, day trips etc.
But the nicest bit of the marina is to stand back and look at the marvelous and too pretty looking facade...which is simple white balconies... so clean looking and so modern!!!
Torre de Hercules
The Torre de Hercules is the oldest lighthouse in the world which still works. It's a 2nd century lighthouse on the end of a peninsula.
According to legend, it was built by Hercules himself.
Take a walk up the 239 steps for a stunning view of the city, the harbour/port, the beach bay and the countryside.
My mum and I walked up when I was younger. Let me tell you, you really need a rest at the top!
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Torre de Hércules (Roman Lighthouse)
A well worth visit it the only roman lighthouse, II century, in the world. Although rebuilt in 1791, you can admire the great arquitecture, the enviroment & the wonderful views from the balcony!
The fee is 2€, well worth the money.
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Dia de Los Reyes parade (Day of the Kings) 6th Jan
On the evening of 6th January, which is when the Spanish open their Christmas presents, there is a parade in the main streets of La Coruna. It starts at the town hall, processes along the main street and goes on for about an hour.
The people on the floats throw sweets and chocolates and the stalls themselves have flowers, decorations and christmas lights.
It is a very beautiful sight!
(I will post a photo when I find one. If anyone has one please send it to me.)
The modernist city
Towards the end of the 19th century the rich made the most of the new area to build luxurious houses in the styles of Vienna and Paris.
The majority of the city's Modernist buildings are to be found in the streets of Juana de Vega, Picavia, Feijoo, Plaza de Lugo and Plaza de Pontevedra.
Plaza Maria Pita
The Plaza de Maria Pita divides the old town from the new.
Maria Pita, a local housewife, was said to have spotted the approach of Drake's troops and risking her own life, she fired a cannon shot to alert the citizens to an imminent invasion. For that heroic act she is revered.
The main atraction of Coruna is The Torre de Hercules. It is a century old lighthouse, and nobody really knows how old excactly, as it has been rebuild over time.
When going in, do not expect any fancy and flashy things to see, as it is just a tower with some panoramic views from the top.
World Class Aquarium
Having been to numerous renowned aquariums throughout the world i would have to rate this one as being up there with the best of them.
Excellent displays and be sure not to miss the deep sea sections which is located downstairs.
Outside they have pools with seals and another with octupuses, really worth a visit and a good reward for taking the time to walk up to the top of the headland where the aquarium finnisterrae is located just next to the torre de hercules. I think it cost 8 euros each entrance, good value for money.
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Walk Along the Beach
One thing which surprised me about La Coruna is the fact that right on the doorstep of the city centre lies a fab beach which stretches along the western side of the penisula which the city sits on.
Well worth a walk along the Avenida Pedro Barrie de la Meza which is the road which runds along the back of the beach, where you will be rewarded with numerous smart sculptures, see the pic for the smartest one depicting 2 surfers riding a wave!!!
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