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    Sanctuary of Virgen of Vallivana, Morella

    by gwened Written Jan 24, 2015

    This is a small village near Morella by the N232 in Castellon province the road that takes you from Morella to Valencia, that has a madonna of a wonderful Virgen we had these photos from our wandering in the area.

    The story is told that in 1672, during a severe plague epidemic, the citizens of Morella brought the statue of the Virgin Mary from the Sanctuary of Vallivana, and carried it in procession through the streets of the town. The plague disappeared from the the city never to return.

    To commemorate this event every six years since 1673, the Sexenni de Morella festival takes place in the town for nine days in late August. The virgin is carried in procession and the traditional town guilds perform ancient dances in her honour. The next pilgrimage will be held in 2018.

    Something to planned ahead...enjoy some stunning pictures. A bit more in English at the autonomous region of Valencia tourist site
    http://en.comunitatvalenciana.com/what-to-do/morella/festivities/fiestas-del-anunci-y-sexenni-de-morella

    Sanctuary of the Virgen of Vallivana a painting of the procession the chapel of saints nave of Sanctuary of the Virgen of Vallivana
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    Palacio de Sobrellano at Comillas

    by gwened Written Jan 16, 2015

    A wonderful palace in beautiful country.

    This palace was the work of the catalan architect Joan Martorell who built it commissioned by the first Marquis of Comillas, Antonio López and López, finishing works in the year 1888. This grandiose Gothic with some Venetian influences building is rectangular and has inside furniture of Antonio Gaudí and paintings by Eduardo Llorens. On the outside there are sculptures by Joan Roig. Next to the Palace is a beautiful chapel-pantheon of gothic design as well as central European and English perpendicular gothic furnishings of Gaudí and modernist sculptures by Joan Roig, Josep Llimona, Venancio Vallmitjana and Agapit Vallmitjana.

    The Palace is currently owned by the Government of Cantabria, and is a Museum. One of the anecdotes is that if was the first building to have electricity due to a visit by the King of Spain.

    The region tourist site has the official info but in Spanish so I am translating here the practical info
    Visits from Tuesday to Friday: 9:30 to 15:30 . Guided tours from 10:30 to 15:30, (last guided tour at 14:30 h. Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Open from 9:30 to 17:30 h, guided visits from 10:30 to 14:30 and 15:30 to 17:30 (last visit afternoon 16:30). Closed Mondays not holidays, and closed Dec 24,25,and 25

    Visiting hours are always indicated in the main gate of the Palace. or check back the site.
    Rates Sobrellano Palace: Normal € 3 (over 12 years old), reduced €1,50 (aged 4 to 12, both inclusive) and free from 0 to 3 years (both inclusive).
    Prices Chapel-Pantheon: Normal € 3 (over 12 years old), reduced €1.50 (aged 4 to 12, both inclusive) and free from 0 to 3 years (both inclusive)
    The visit to the gardens is free.

    ah found a site in English for most
    http://centros.culturadecantabria.com/palacio-de-sobrellano.htm

    And to say he made his fortunes in Cuba during the colony period. you can reach here by train or bus from Santander to Comilla then taxi to castle

    Palace of Sobrellano at Comillas from the back garden to palace
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    Capricho de Gaudi at Comillas

    by gwened Written Jan 16, 2015

    This is the caprice of Gaudi and its just near Santander in the north of Spain at Comillas.
    It is a monumental place and the museum Capricho de Gaudí that was done between 1883 and 1885) at Comillas. A colorful palace considered as one of the first works of the architect Antoni Gaudí (1852 – 1926), and one of only 3 built outside of Catalunya.

    You can visit 10h to 17h30 every day of the year from Dec 1 to Feb 28. They have a boutique and library on site; admission is 5€. I took the car to get here but there is train station nearby at Santander or Torrelavega to Cabezón de la Sal , and from here a taxi is only about 10 Km. buses La Cantabrica has a line from Santander here. http://www.lacantabrica.net/

    The fad has a long lower plant, with an area of 15 x 36 meters; It contains basement, ground and attic, with a cylindrical tower and Persian minaret-shaped, fully coated in ceramic. Access presents four columns and lintel arches with capitals decorated with birds and palm leaves, as in the Vicens.In the House the main hall is notable for a large window with double-hung windows, and has a smoking covered by fake arabe style stucco vaults.

    Very unique indeed. In beautiful Cantabrian country.

    Capricho de Gaudi house museum side of long plant at Capricho de Gaudi
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    Church basilica of the Virgin of the Homeless,Val

    by gwened Written Dec 8, 2014

    the Iglesia basilica de la Virgen de los Desamperados, located at Plaça de la Verge, next to the Catedral Santa Maria( see tip on it here) . The Church royal basilica is here in Spanish , official site http://www.basilicadesamparados.org/
    It is the patron saint of the town and a basilica since 1948 by Pope Pio XII.

    it story starts around 1414AD, king Fernando, the Catholic gave it royal priviledge in 1493. It is open from Mondays to Sundays at 7h to 14h and 16h30 to 21h for free.
    It is the only Church of the old town that does not rise over ancient remains of other churches or convents. IT is built in elliptical shape and radial spires, the vaults are decorated with frescoes by Antonio Palomino of the early 18C. The dressing room located behind the altar arch and side sculptures of the Saint Vincent martyr (patron of the city) and Vicente Ferrer (patron of the Valencian Community) (and see my tip on st Pierre in Vannes France for he evangelise this area of France) are the work of Esteve. The Baroque shrine worships inside the image of the Virgin with the child in one arm and the other a bouquet of lilies; at his feet two children representing the Holy Innocents.

    Very nice area to spend hours and see the wonderful history and architecture.

    the belltower of the Basilica Basilica of the virgen of the homeless arriving at Basilica Plaza de la Almoina
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    Plaza Topete, Cadiz

    by gwened Written Dec 2, 2014

    The plaza Topete is locally known as the Plaza de las Flores or flower square for its colorful flower market. You have plenty of flower shops, cafes, boutiques making it one of the most lively squares in Cadiz. From here the shopping Streets of Columela and Compañía goes out.

    You reach the plaza Topete very easy from the plaza de la Catedral. In the center of the square there is a statue of Lucio Junio Moderato Columela a Roman , that gives the name to the street adjacent. The buildings are nice such as No 1 dating from 1746 , at no 12 there is a neo classic style architecture ,and just next the post office dating from 1930. Right in the square you have the market as well.

    quaint nice, real Andalucian ambiance, a must to walk visit shop eat there. Like at the Restaurante Freiduría Cervecería Las Flores

    Plaza Topete or known as de las Flores square
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    Caleta beach at Cadiz

    by gwened Written Dec 2, 2014

    This is in the city center and the beach with the least extention but many historical figures have been by it, photo, paint it, it is a must to be here yet most bypass it.

    It is flank by the castle of San Sebastián and castle of Santa Catalina, in front it has the old hospital de Mora, the faculty of economic sciences and management next to the faculty of labor of hte university of Cadiz all in the district or barrio la Viña.

    You will see and be seen here, nice and just around to the old city center.Easy to go from here to the Cathedral ,see tip.

    the vast of la Caleta to harbor of Cadiz from the sidewalk malecon the end of La Caleta
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    Church San Nicolàs de Bari,Bilbao

    by gwened Written Nov 7, 2014

    This is something nice and I just went by it at the time around 2009. here is the description from tourist office
    St. Nicholas Church is done in Baroque style inaugurated in 1756. It is located in the old part of the town, specifically in the plaza de San Nicolas and its facade faces the Arriaga theater. It is a Baroque church with a square Greek cross plan and is covered by a dome

    The chancel and the four Exedra are occupied by spectacular Baroque-Rococo style altarpieces.

    The iconographic program is as follows:
    Chancel: crucifix, Dios Padre, Angeles, San Pedro and San Pablo to the display template.
    San Nicolás de Bari, San Lorenzo and San Vicente
    The charity and the fortress, Angels holding the coat of arms of the village in the attic.
    Chapels on the side of the Gospel: La Piedad, San Jose and San Antonio de Padua in the header
    San Blas, San Francisco Javier and Santa Rita to the feet
    Chapels on the side of the epistle: Saints Crispin and Crispiniano, Santa Barbara and Santa Apolónia, in the header
    San Lázaro, San Pedro de Alcantara and Santa Teresa de Jesús, at the foot

    should see next time; Worth a detour.

    Church St Nicolas de Bari
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    ayuntamiento or city hall of Bilbao

    by gwened Written Nov 7, 2014

    I always marvel of these government buildings because usually they started out as something else and wonderful architecture. The one in Bilbao is one of the dandies of them.

    It is known as the Casa Consistorial de Bilbao ,and it is the building of the city hall or town Council of the city. It was open in April of 1892.

    This is fourth casa or house of Bilbao since 1300AD.

    For the exterior, richly ornamented, it took the inspiration of the public architecture of the French III Republic . The building consists of a main axis, in which is located the main balcony and three arches with eight columns. It is crowned by a belfry. This arcade comprises two levels; top low-reliefs of five prominent characters of the history of Bilbao are: its founder, Don Diego López V of Haro, Cardinal Antonio Javier Gardoqui, the Admiral Juan Martínez de Recalde, Leguizamon Tristan and the Economist Nicolas de Arriquibar. Four sculptures flank the building, two Vergers and two heralds. In the main staircase, include two sculptures representing law and justice. Tradition tells that the fifth step of the staircase makes reference to the official height of Bilbao.

    Inside are three halls: Banquet Hall, the plenary Hall and lobby and stairs . The ornamentation of these spaces also responds to eclecticism, given that the Banquet Hall responds to neoarabe, while the other two are specific to the neorrenacimiento. The ornamentation of the interior is a series of both Bilbao and the rest of Spain and foreign artists. For example, the furniture comes from Bordeaux and some lamps of Paris.

    Interesting building to see while in Bilbao

    City hall of Bilbao
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    Church San Fernando el Rey, Santiago del Teide

    by gwened Updated Oct 8, 2014

    Church of San Fernando Rey sits on a site that has been since the beginning of the conquest, sacred territory for Christianity, dates from as early as 1520 when the first chapel under the patronage of Santiago was built. In the wonderful town of Santiago del Teide or St James of the Teide.

    The current one dates from 1679 and has been restored many times and draws the attention of those who pass by it, forcing you to stop, by the contrast between the black stone and the white walls.

    The simple exterior bring you in but inside is where the beauty lies. It reminds us of the beautiful Mexican Primitivism. Multitude of images literally filled the Church, although the dearest and the most accessible, to be positioned at floor level, is practically that of Santiago apostle.

    The decorations made of paper and flowers that fill the Church and square, and one final thing, the roof is not such, but a set of domes of Moorish style that give charm to this beautiful temple.

    a nice stop by in my beautiful ancestral home area. this one is in Spanish but the city major's office on what else to see there
    http://www.santiagodelteide.org/index.php/mod.pags/mem.detalle/idpag.38/idmenu.127/chk.f3110966be1572aabe5841098772557b.html

    church of San Fernado el Rey nave and altar of church San Fernando
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    Torre del reloj or watch tower Jaca

    by gwened Written Aug 25, 2014

    a wonderful tower right in the old inner city of Jaca by calle Sanchez Ramirez.

    Torre del Reloj or clock tower built in 1445, it was once used as a prison. Now its a work office of the region of Aragon, but it can be seen Inside too

    in contact the city page with more of it in Spanish, you can translate citing the source.

    enjoy walks in jaca.

    Torre del reloj main entrance back on calle Sanchez Ramirez ,the torre del reloj
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    Seminario Diocesano, Jaca

    by gwened Written Aug 25, 2014

    a diocesan seminary done by 1926 along the paseo de la constitucion park and next to the Ciudadela San Pedro.

    The Seminario Diocesano built in 1926 follow a great tradition in the city of diocese life for teaching the gospel since 1610. A great architecture building on the old walls of the citadel, that passes behind it.

    more in the city page in Spanish , you can translate citing the source.

    Seminario Diocesano and history plaque side of diocesan seminary from paseo
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    Monasterio de Santa Cruz, Jaca

    by gwened Written Aug 25, 2014

    Monasterio de Santa Cruz, where the daughter of a king of Aragon Ramiro I, Sancha was brough over from Santa Cruz de los Seros in 1622, (the best preserve romanesque tomb in Spain) the monastery itself was built from 1555. The order of Benitas of sisters were in charge of the place.

    another architecture and historical marvel found in Jaca,the site is given in Spanish from the city of Jaca, you can translate citing the source.

    enjoy walking Jaca. It is located at calle Mayor at its end.

    Monasterio de Santa Cruz the back of monastery facing the mountains the belltower at church of monastery view of mountains at ave Oroel front of monastery
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    Ermita de Sarsa ,Jaca

    by gwened Written Aug 25, 2014

    This Church was from the neighboring town of Villar de Sarsa in 1970 to Jaca. It sits at the end of the street of avenida de Oroel, with magnificent views over the mountains.

    You find it walking from paseo de la constitucion out to your right and all along the city outer ring to the lookout and a small park where the ermita is located. It is what is left of it.

    Info in Spanish from the city, you can translate citing the source.

    Ermita de Sarsa
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    Episcopal palace, Jaca

    by gwened Written Aug 25, 2014

    a renaissance palace in the middle of the inner city. Built in 1606 by local architects. You have bishops portraits Inside from 1571 to today ! I did not go Inside as went by to see other things, but the history of the building would have merited a visit Inside.

    today Inside you have he documentary records of the diocese, catecism, and parrishes of the area where the safekeeping is kept of the Church documents since the 11C. It is located in Plaza del Cardenal Belluga, 1.

    in Spanish from the city for more info, you can translate citing the source.

    the Episcopal Palace plaque outside with history of episcopal palace
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    Church of Santiago, Jaca

    by gwened Written Aug 25, 2014

    a modernish Church in a quaint old street of Jaca city center, this is the Church of

    in jaca since the 11C in a rich district catering to the pilgrims looking for the way to St James de Compostela. The Church is also known as the Church of Santo Domingo because between 1614 and 1835, it fonctions as the church of the convent of the dominicans that was built in this neighborhood.
    Located at Calle Ferrenal, just the beginning of the old Jewish quarters as one of the oldest part of the city. Already in 1088 there is written evidence of the renovation of this Church ! Nice portraits of the virgen from the 16C inside

    The site in contact in Spanish for more in depth info you can translate at will citing the source of the city of Jaca.

    Church of Santiago inside nave ch of Santiago
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