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    University of Alcalà de Henares

    by gwened Written Jun 17, 2014

    Wonderful university and even if still an institution of higher learning worth going by it on your visit, it is at Plaza de San Diego, s/n.

    A bit of history I like
    On May 20, 1293, the King Sancho IV of Castile allowed Gonzalo García Naakeju, Archbishop of Toledo and Chancellor of the Kingdom, to establish a Studium (study) of the same privileges as that which existed in Valladolid in Alcalá de Henares.However, there was no important educational institution in this place before 1459. On 17 July ,1459, Pope Pius II, at the request of Alfonso Carrillo de Acuña, Archbishop of Toledo, promulgated the bull authorizing the creation of three chairs of grammar and liberal arts in Alcalá de Henares (with financially through ecclesiastical benefits).

    By a promulgated a bull or papal order on 13 April 1499 at the request of the cardinal, the Pope Alexander VI authorized the creation of a General Studium first taking the form of the College of Saint Idelfonso (Colegio Mayor de San Ildefonso), that the cardinal had designed on the model of the Grand Collège Saint Bartolomeo (Colegio Mayor de San Bartoloméo, or Colegio Viejo (old college)) of the University of Salamanca.
    Graduates were entitled the same privileges as those of the Studia of Valladolid, Salamanca and Bologna. The first stone of the College was laid March 14, 1501, and the first class of students was greeted October 18, 1508, day of saint Luke.

    This University was the first in Europe including the legal foundation followed by the construction of a real campus, beginning with the construction of the Colegio Mayor, due to Pedro de Gumiel, appointed architect of cardinal Cisneros. On January 22, 1510, the Cardinal Cisneros gives the constitution of the foundation of the Colegio Mayor de San Ildefonso. The Rector, which in Salamanca was a student elected for one year by a commission composed of professors and students delegates, was at Alcalá appointed by the Archbishop of Toledo, and with wide-ranging powers.
    In 1513, the cardinal decided the Foundation of six new colleges around the Colegio Mayor: the Colegio de San Pedro y San Pablo (the only one related to a religious order, the Franciscans). the Colegio of the Madre de Dios (or Colegio de los Teologos); Colegio de Santa Catalina (or Colegio de los Físicos); Colegio de Santa Balbina (or Colegio de los led); the Colegio de San Eugenio and the Colegio de San Isidoro (Colegios de los Gramáticos, merged in the 17C in a Colegio de San Ambrosio). After the death of cardinal in 1517 is founded until the 17C other colegios menores (foundations of the different religious orders, or Royal foundations, or private foundations), so their number eventually reached thirty. But Alcala remained always a smaller and more "aristocratic" than Salamanca University: about 2,000 students at its peak (compared to more than 7,000 in Salamanca in 1584).

    Col��gio Mayor de San Idelfonso,Univ Alcal�� de H.
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    Imagined Memories by Mitsuo Miura in Madrid

    by hopang Updated Jul 22, 2013

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    This is a rather unique exhibition by Mitsuo Miura from Iwate, Japan at the Crystal Palace (Palacio de Cristal in Spanish) from 14th March 2013 to 2nd September, 2013 at Retiro Park on the eastern side of the city of Madrid. Mitsuo Miura has been staying in Spain since 1966. Without the leaflets obtained from the entrance of the exhibition hall at the Crystal Palace, one would have thought that the exhibition hall is empty with no exhibition taking place.

    The following are extract from the leaflets obtained from the exhibition hall of the Crystal Palace. Feel free to read it:-

    "The starting point of Imagined Memories is a set of colored circles distributed around the floor of the Palacio de Cristal, and another identical set hanging above them from the roof. Created between the two is an imaginary object, a column, which suggests the creation of a new architectural space, one imagined rather than constructed. In this way, the transparent surroundings of the 'Crystal Palace' are transformed into a hypostyle hall. like one of those "forests of columns" held especially sacred in antiquity.This refers back to the genesis of an ancient architectural element, the column, which originated as a schematized tree trunk. Viewers find the necessary correlation in the verticality of the trees in the Retiro Park, drawing the shafts in their minds by imagining vertical lines linking each pair of circles. Miura thus works in the way that memory operates, through the virtual reactivation of an imaginary space, which may or may not have existed and so can only be completed mentally. This also underlies the second aspect of his intervention, which is the intermittent distribution of strips of color along the inner plinth of the building, suggesting a sketchy drawing of a indefinite plan. In this way, the installation reminds us that architecture is no more than the physical delimitation of an already existing space. Constructive elements - in this case columns and plinths, the horizontal and vertical markers of the spatial expanse of an edifice - are no more than lines drawn in the void."

    But please hurry up! If you wish to see this free unique exhibition, kindly visit the Crystal Palace at Retiro Park on or before 2nd September, 2013. Opening hours are between 10.00 a.m. and 11.00 p.m. daily. The Crystal Palace will be closed on rainy days.

    Exhibition by Mitsuo Miura at the Crystal Palace The steel and glass flame of Crystal Palace Exhibition by Mitsuo Miura at Crystal Palace The exhibition hall of the Crystal Palace View from outside the Crystal Palace
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    Galicia.

    by cachaseiro Updated Jul 11, 2013

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    Galicia is tucked away up in the north western part of Spain and often forgotten.
    I really love the region though, especially the coastline which is rugged and dramatic.
    It's also the homeplace of Santiago de Compostela which is the main place of pilgrimage for practising catholics.
    The region is very connected to Portugal and the local dialect called gallego is actually closer to portuguese than to spanish.
    It's also a region that was very influenced by the celts in the past and you will find northern influence in various aspects of the culture in Galicia.
    This is a part of Spain that i would recommend very highly.

    Galicia. The cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. Pilgrim in Santiago.
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    Antequera

    by solopes Updated Mar 14, 2013

    In 1963 I visited Antequera, but... not a single memory. Last summer I passed nearby once more, and decided to stop.

    A brief visit, but now I've got an idea about Antequera - not a touristy destination but a good stop.

    Antequera - Spain
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    torre de Alfilel, house Chaves-Orellana-Trujillo

    by gwened Written Sep 23, 2012

    You can tell from the plaza mayor the dome of the tower of Alfiler or pin tower at the Mansion of the Chaves-Orellana built by the beginning of the 16th century a grandson of the renowned Castilian personage and confidant of Queen Isabel the first, Luis de Chaves “El Viejo”, modified the existing defensive building which included the Torre de Alfiler (Pin Tower).

    The new construction which was gothic in style included a partially cloistered patio and a sun galery (logia) in the upper part of the facade. This building was partially destroyed in 1828 but we know how it appeared from a Laborde etching dating from the early 1800´s.

    The decoration in various houses around the square. To one end up the stairs you reach the tourist office.

    torre de Alfiler pin tower, house chaves-orellana Tourist office of Trujillo panel with main sights in Trujillo
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    Alpujarras region of Andalucia

    by gwened Written Aug 27, 2012

    the white towns of Andalucia, and Alpujarras is nice natural settings, but Andalucia is huge.

    This is Spain official tourist office on it
    http://www.spain.info/en/reportajes/las_alpujarras_naturaleza_y_salud_a_un_paso_de_la_playa.html

    This is Andalucia community official tourist office on it
    http://www.andalucia.com/villages/alpujarras.htm

    and you can go to Destinations above right and key these names and see tips by posters like us here

    hope it helps your planning

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    The Basilica de San Vicente

    by traveldave Updated Jul 27, 2012

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    The Basilica de San Vicente is mostly in the Romanesque style of architecture, although later modifications were in the Gothic style, and the granite used during those modifications contrasts with the original sandstone.

    According to legend, Christian martyrs Vicente and his two sisters Sabina and Cristeta, were martyred during the rule of Roman Emperor Diocletian. Tombs for the martyrs were carved out of a rock shelf in Ávila, and a small basilica was constructed over the tombs. In 1062, the remains of the martyrs were moved to the monastery of San Pedro de Arlanza in Burgos, but they were returned to Ávila in 1175. It was at this time that construction on the current basilica began. There were many delays in construction, and the basilica was not completed until the fourteenth century, thanks in large part to financial support by kings Alfonso X and Sancho IV.

    The Romanesque basilica is one of the finest examples of that style of architecture in Spain. The most noteworthy architectural feature inside the basilica is the polychrome stone cenotaph of the martyrs Vicente, Sabina, and Cristeta.

    The Basilica de San Vicente is located in Ávila, on the Plaza de San Vicente.

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    The Church of the Clericía

    by traveldave Updated Jul 23, 2012

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    The building in the background with twin steeples is the Church of the Clericía, a colossal Baroque church which is part of the Pontificia University of Salamanca.

    Construction of the Church of the Clericía was ordered by Queen Margarita of Austria, the wife of King Felipe III. Designed by architect Juan Gómez de Mora, construction on the church began in 1617 and was not completed until 150 years later. The Baroque façade has three bodies, which include 164-foot (50-meter) twin steeples and a massive dome.

    Originally called the Royal College of the Company of Jesus, the Church of the Clericía was to serve as a church and college of the ecclesiastical order of the Company of Jesus. The building had a public section which consisted of a church and school rooms where Jesuit priests taught, and a private section which consisted of living quarters for the priests and monks.

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    The Casa de Campo

    by traveldave Updated Jul 22, 2012

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    The Casa de Campo is an enormous park west of downtown Madrid in the Moncloa district of the city. With about 42,008 acres (17,000 hectares), it is the largest park in Madrid and one of the largest in Europe. The park offers numerous outdoor activities for Madrileños, including the Parque de Atracciones amusement park, a swimming pool, a large lake, and a zoo. Trails that snake through the trees and hills provide hiking, biking, jogging, and wildlife-watching opportunities as well. It is also the termination point for Madrid's Teleférico, a cable car that takes passengers high above parts of the city and then into the park. It runs between Paseo del Pinto Rosales and the zoo.

    Meaning "Country House," the Casa de Campo was named for a building that was bought by King Felipe II in the sixteenth century, and around which other estates were built. What is now the park was used as a royal hunting estate for many decades.

    Between 1936 and 1939, during the Spanish Civil War, the front line of the Seige of Madrid passed through the park. It was the site of a battle in which Republican forces halted a Nationalist offensive. Traces of trenches from the three-year Siege of Madrid can still be seen among the pine-clad hills.

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    A castle with a history

    by JREllison Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Miravet Castle organially was an Arab stronghold but fell to the Christian Knights Tempalars during the wars to regain Spain from the Moors. The castle sits on the steep rock point above the old town of Miravet on the banks of the Ebro river. The castile was the Templar headquarters after their conquest in 1153 until their war with the Spanish King James II in the 14th century.

    We visited in early April during the middle of the week and found only 6 other visitures during the four hours that we were there. The small village below the castile is also very senic and the small pub provides a cool place to relax following the climb to the castile.

    The Castle is open June 1 - September 30, 10:00 - 7:30 with a bread from 1:30 - 3:00 PM. From October 1 - May 31, it is open from 10:00 through 5:30 PM. Closed: Mondays and December 25 & January 1.

    Miravet Castle Castle walls above the River Ebre Miravet village from the Castle Wall Walls and river
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    Follow the Scallop Shells - Camino de Santiago

    by Beach_dog Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Camino de Santiago de Compostella - The way of St. James.

    Pilgrims have made their way to Santiago de Compostella since the 11th century, to visit the place where James the Apostle preached after the death of Christ. James (Santiago) became the Patron Saint of the Spanish crusaders while driving the Moors from Spain, their battle cry was ´Santiago´. Pilgrimages to Santiago became very popular in the 12th century and the route from France was fixed by the Spanish King Sancho III. Passing through the Pyranees, it passed through Pamplona, Burgos and Leon before finally reaching Santiago de Compostella a journey of over 800 kilometers through northern Spain. On route the Pilgrims would stay at monasteries providing food and shelter.

    Pilgrimages are still popular today, many choosing to walk, go on bicycle or horseback, not only for religious reasons but to enjoy the Spanish countryside, monasteries, churches, towns and cities on the route. Walking the route can take up to 6 or 8 weeks. The route is marked by scallop shells to help guide the traveller (see the photo of one I found in the city of Burgos).

    The french route was not the only route used but is the one that most people associate with. The North Way followed the coastline of the north of Spain from France. The English Way, starts at the ports on the north coast of Galicia to Santiago. The Portuguese Way follows the coast up from Lisboa. The Silver Route, starts at Sevilla and runs north through Spain passing the cities of Cáseres and Zamora.

    The year 2004 was a celebratory year (the Xacobeo), many events took place in the region, including concerts and exhibitions. This happens every fourth year so 2008 will be the next.

    If you have any interest in this route check the website below, (or click HERE ), it give details of the history, routes and any events.

    One of the cities on the route... Burgos

    Camino marker (Scallop Shell) on road in Burgos.
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    'Those Amazing Dancing Andalusian Horses'

    by Carmela71 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    It was a long time ago, when I saw this show. The dancing horses. And still amaizeds me the style and discipline of them.

    If you have time try to get entrances to see them. You will not regret.

    Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz, Andalucia

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    Camposancos

    by ncfg Written Jun 18, 2009

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    Despite the rainy weather that made here in Portugal, we decided to take a stroll until the northern village Caminha. We visit the village, ate there and then we took the ferryboat until Camposancos in Spain.
    Camposancos is about 2km from La Guardia and not far from Tuy.
    Once there, we found beautiful beaches and a beautiful building that was a Concentration Camp during the Spanish Civil war. A building that seemed to be abandoned but according with a research that I made in the Internet it seems that they go to transform it into a hotel

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    if you fancy a break from the hustle and bustle

    by smithy65 Written May 4, 2009

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    take a train on an hours journey to Calella for sun sea and sand.
    try mixing the hustle and bustle of the city with a relaxing day at a the beach. calella is an hour away and has a charming town with shops, bars and places to relax away from it all.

    beach front
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    Chinchòn.

    by Maurizioago Updated Apr 15, 2009

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    This village is located 45 km. south-east of Madrid.

    Chinchòn is famous for the bread with anis. It is a kind of sweet bread made in different shapes.

    This village has a large Plaza Mayor with lots of restaurants. In Chinchòn there is beautiful parador where you can spend some time resting.

    I went to Chincòn by bus from Madrid. I took one in Avenida Mediterraneo. Metro stop; Conde de Casal.

    Plaza Mayor. Plaza Mayor. Parador.
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