No, Murcia is not only a fabulous cathedral - Murcia is a beautiful city that only in the third time passing there I had time to visit.
And to enjoy.
Mijas is a small Mountain town in the Costa Del Sol area. It's known for its Donkey rides and also for a virgin Mary Statue purported to be from the 800's. Per the legend it was hidden from the Moors and finally rediscovered about 100 years ago.
Granada is the last Moorish kingdom reconquered by the Christians. As such it maintains much of its Moorish Architecture. This Includes one of Spain's greatest sights, the Alhambra, the Moorish Castle.
Cordoba is known for its excellently preserved Moorish Architecture. The town dates back to Roman times. The highlight of the town is the Mesquite (Mosque), a former Moorish mosque on such a grand scale that rather than convert it to a Cathedral the christian conquerors simply built a cathedral within the Mosque.
Toledo is the mediavel capital of Spain. It's a great city to visit for Spanish medieval architecture as it become a backwater once the capital moved to Madrid. This had the effect of preserving most of Toledo in its original state.
Madrid is Spain's vibrant modern political and cultural capital. It's also known as the city of fountains for its great collecion of these monuments. Madrid is also a fantastic place for nightlife, like most of Spain the dinner hour doesn't start till 10 PM or later and goes into the wee hours of the night.
Someone tell me, when do these people sleep?
a wonderful place to hold the expressive talent of a Genius.
from the webpage you have full description ,and hours, prices, etc
i give you the essential background info
Inaugurated in 1974, the Dalí Theatre-Museum was built upon the remains of the former Figueres theatre. It contains the broadest range of works spanning the artistic career of Salvador Dalí (1904-1989), from his earliest artistic experiences and his surrealist creations down to the works of the last years of his life.
Some of the most outstanding works on exhibition there are: Port Alguer (1924), The Girl from Figueres (1926), The Spectre of Sex Appeal (1932), Soft Self-Portrait with Fried Bacon (1941), Poetry of America – The Cosmic Athletes (1943), Galarina (1944-45), Basket of Bread (1945), Napoleon’s Nose Transformed into a Pregnant Woman Strolling Her Shadow with Melancholic amongst Original Ruins (1945), Atomic Leda (1949), Apotheosis of the Dollar (1965), Galatea of the Spheres (1952) and Dawn, Noon, Afternoon and Evening (1979).
Since the death of Salvador Dalí, in 1989, one can also visit the crypt with his grave, situated in the centre of the museum
The main symbol of the city to me. The one thing Worth going to see there if no time for anything else.
This is not done, but work continue
The expiatory church of La Sagrada Família was begun on 19 March 1882 from a project by the diocesan architect Francisco de Paula del Villar (1828-1901). At the end of 1883 Gaudí was commissioned to carry on the works, a task which he did not abandon until his death in 1926.
It is said that when the church is finished it will have 18 towers: 12 dedicated to the apostles, 4 to the evangelists, one to Jesus and another to Mary.
opening time are October to March, 9h to 18h, and April to September, 9h to 20h
25 and 26 December – 1 and 6 January, 9h to 14h
Audioguides are available in Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, German and Chinese.
Towers are open from 9h to 30 minutes before the church closes (Passion lift)
From 9h to 15 minutes before the church closes (Nativity lift)
the admission on the basilica goes from 14€ to 19.80€ and the individual entrances are by Carrer Sardenya (sardenya street)
The Sagrada Familia or Holy family consists of five main naves and three cross-cutting that form a Latin cross. The five main ships have a length of 90 meters and the cross-cutting of 60 meters.
The themes of the three façades are: the birth of Christ, the passion of Christ, and the glory. The first façade described by many ornamental details the birth of Christ. The facade of the passion seems simple and new although it contains less details, but larger statues. The facade of the glory will be the main facade even though construction has not been completed.
When construction is finished, it will have 18 towers between 90 to 170 meters. These towers are dedicated to the Apostles, evangelists, Mary and Jesus Christ. The 170-metre Tower is expected to be the highest Tower in the world at a church.
It is expected also that the Sagrada Familia finished built in the year 2025, be exclusively funded with donations and proceeds from entries.
This is a sumptuous monument not to be missed, its the neocropolis of most of the Kings/Queens of Spain, and built by order of Felipe II.
It is located in the locality of San Lorenzo near Madrid and with direct public transport access as well as car which how I always reach it. Even had a flat tire there once lol!
It is open October to March from 10h to 18h. April to September from 10h to 19h
bus terminal in town is at Calle Juan de Toledo, 3 coming from Madrid by Autobuses Herranz.
This building, one of the main Renaissance monuments of Spain, was erected in the last third of the 16th century, on the slope of Monte Abantos, 1,028 m above sea level. It is an original project of Juan Bautista de Toledo, which was completed after his death, by Juan de Herrera, who imposed a new architectural style, named after its last name. It occupies an area of 33.327 m² and featuring 16 courtyards, 88 fountains, 13 oratories, 15 Cloisters, 86 staircases, 9 towers, 1,200 doors and 2,673 windows. Its main facade has a length of 207 meters. Among the most outstanding parts of the building, are the Pantheon of Kings, the Royal Basilica and the Royal Library. Since the 16th century, the monastery of el Escorial has been described as the eighth wonder of the world INDEED!
One of the jewels of Spain and one of my favorites. Link not only to Spain but the history of the Americas, which the Queen Isabel I the Catholic was crowned first here queen of Castile.
a bit of history
The main square is framed by beautiful pinnacles of the apse of the Cathedral, afternoon meeting point of storks. Late Gothic style, began to be built in 1525 It replaced the old cathedral located in the current gardens of the Alcázar and destroyed during the Guerra of the communities in 1520.
On the outside, to the West, is the main façade, known as Puerta del Perdón, with the sculpture of the Virgin, work of Juan Guas.
Next to it lies the stone floors, a space that is currently used for cultural activities. The Tower, located on the side of the epistle, is one of the most striking by its high altitude and has been inhabited until the middle of the 20th century by the ringer. It constitutes a privileged viewpoint over the city, although it is only possible to access it with a special permission.
South opens the door of San Geroteo, first bishop of Segovia and, to the North, San Frutos door, built in honor of the patron saint of the city at the beginning of the 17C. Another focus of interest is the apse, which adjoins the old Jewish quarter, seasoned by buttresses and pinnacles of florid Gothic, of limestone, surrounding the great dome.
The plant is three naves with transept, with a semicircular apse in the header and ambulatory, surrounded by chapels. The grandeur and harmony of dimensions define the interior. Leisurely observation deserve the stained-glass windows ( 16C), the altarpiece dedicated to Ntra. Ms. Paz (14C), donated to the city by Enrique IV, the choir stalls (end of 15C) from the old cathedral, the beautiful baroque organs, the railings or neoclassical jubé which keeps the urn with the relics of San Frutos.
It houses 18 chapels located in the ambulatory and in the aisles, with important paintings and sculptures. Inside are the Romanesque Calvary located at the entrance of the chapel of the sacrament; the triptych by Ambrosius Benson and the altarpiece of mercy, by Juan de Juni, in the chapel of the Holy burial, alongside San Frutos door; and the recumbent Christ by Gregorio Fernández.
A cloister of Juan Guas coming from the old cathedral, Romanesque and moved stone by stone to its current location, precedes the rooms of the Cathedral Museum. The Cathedral archive preserves more than 500 incunabula, among them the Sinodal de Aguilafuente, first book printed in Spain.
Like I said a must to see. Open October to march from 9h30 - 17h30; April to September from 9h30 - 18h30. Admission is 3 € Sundays is free from 9h30 to 13h15
wonderful realm of queen Isabella of the Trostamundo, queen of Castile and Queen of Spain as Isabel I the Catholic. Its a must to see in the area whether at Segovia or Madrid, come over .
a bit of history
The oldest remains found at the site are a few granite blocks similar to the Roman aqueduct, which suggests that in times of the Roman domination of the city already had to be a castro or fortification. On the ruins of the alcazar was erected as fortress hispano-arabe. The first documental news that remains of the building dates from the year 1122, shortly after that Alfonso VI of León reconquer the city, although it was not until the year 1155 when it appears with the name of Alcázar, in a letter guarded in the catedral file was the residence of King Alfonso VIII. In 1258, reigning Alfonso X, the Palace sank when the King was on his inside. This oldest nucleus corresponds to the weapons room. It was repeatedly restored and expanded, possibly from Alfonso X to Felipe II. In the middle ages, for their safety as by the proximity of hunting zones, the Alcázar became one of the favorite residences of the Kings of Castile, especially of Alfonso X. It was inhabited many times and became one of the most sumptuous palacios-castillos in the 15th century.
The fortress later served as a State prison until Carlos III founded the Royal Artillery School which had its headquarters at the alcazar in Segovia in 1762. In 1862, a fire destroyed the sumptuous roofs of the noble rooms, which could be reconstructed faithfully following thanks to the existence of engravings.
Inside you must see
Torre de Juan II
Sala del Palacio Viejo
Sala de la Chimenea
Sala del Trono o del Solio
Sala de la Galera
Sala de las Piñas
Sala de los Reyes
Sala del Cordón
Sala de Armas o Armería
Museo del Real Colegio de Artillería
one of the best excuses to come here is the beach, we have done it in town and visiting for a day from France. The experience of the beaches of Concha and Zurriola are superb,and they still have Ondarreta
The Concha Beach. this is the largest and most central of San Sebastian’s 3 beaches. It has fine, golden sand and forms an arc covering about 2 kilometers. It is very good for swimming as it has calm water most of the time. It has lots of very good facilities like showers (indoor and outdoor), toilets, lockers, changing rooms and life guards. The blue and white sun shades which cover a large section of the beach during the holiday season can be hired daily, per week, per month or per season and form a typical feature of beaches in San Sebastian. There is also an area reserved for sports on the beach.
Ondarreta Beach is connected to the Concha beach by a narrow walkway which disappears at high tide. It is much smaller than the Concha beach but has the same facilities. In summer it has a childrens’ club with two swimming pools and canoes for hire. There is a large car park about 500 metres from the beach.
Zurriola Beach is located in front of the Moneo Cubes. This beach faces onto the open sea and attracts many surfers all year round. It has the same facilities as the Concha as well as a children’s club during the summer, a surfing school and surf boards for hire (all year round). As well as volleyball great game all can join!
They are definitevily the best city beaches in Europe !!! yes!
You can read more about it here
Arcos de la Frontera is in Cadiz Province, about 20 minutes from Jerez de la Frontera, an hour from Seville. It is most famous for being one of the white villages of Andalucia, the lovely whitewashed villages usually located on a high cliff or hill.
This was at one time settled by the Romans, later the Moors. The historic center of Arcos must have been particularly great to defend, with steep cliffs on both sides. As early as the 1200's Arcos was annexed by the Christians and became essential to the defense of Jerez. It was a frontier town (hence the name "de la frontera"), the boundary at the time between the Christian possessions and the ever smaller domains of the Moors.
If you come to stay in Arcos there are some very good hotels and restaurants at very reasonable prices. The Feria in September would be one of the more colorful times to come. You will love the views and the slower pace. You can use Arcos as a base for discovering the white villages, or Cadiz Province. There are plenty of daytrips that can be made nearby.
Please visit my Arcos de la Frontera pages here
Teatro Real (The Royal Theatre in English) is a splendid building built in 1850 after nearly 32 years of planning and construction during the reign of Queen Isabella II. It is today used as the main venue by the Spanish National Orchestra and the RTVE Symphony Orchestra. It is certainly a very important building not only for the public but also for the State. Teatro Real was designed by Antonio López Aguado and has a seating capacity for approximately 1,700 spectators.
The Royal Theatre was designated as a Spanish Property of Cultural Interest in 1993 by the government. The theatre has one of the largest stages in the world. The 14th Eurovision Song Contest was held at the theatre in 1969. Guided tours to the theatre are available every half an hour between 10.30 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. daily. The theatre also hosts other musical concerts and dance performances. If you wish to see any theatre performances in the theatre please visit their website below for schedules and tickets. We understand that tickets must be booked in advance as they are always sold out long before the concerts are held.
Plaza de Colón is one of the most important squares located in the heart of Madrid. The square has been erected to dedicate to explorer Christopher Columbus (Cristóbal Colón in Spanish) who discovered America in 1492. We were initially surprised by the location of the statue of Christopher Columbus. According to the Google satellite map, the location of the monument is not where it is now. We have the problem of finding it at first. It turned out to be at a busy road intersection at Calle de la Castellana rather than at the west end of the square. We wonder whether it has been re-located?
The monument of Christopher Columbus is approximately 17 meters high. It was constructed of white marble with neo -Gothic style column. He seems to be pointing to the south with his left hand instead of pointing to the west where he discovered America! The monument was sculptured by Jeronimo Suñol and erected in 1885.
On the east end of Plaza de Colón facing Calle de Serrano visitors will be able to visit and explore four massive concrete macro sculptures complete with inscriptions by philosophers and other leaders. These are also dedicated to explorer Christopher Columbus. These macro sculptures were designed by Joaquin Vaquero Turcios. Plaza de Colón is surrounded by several important buildings and museums such as the Wax Museum, the National Archaeological Museum, the National Library and Torre Colón.
Plaza de Colón is also a great meeting place for the locals as well as tourists. However the square can be very hot in the summer months. It is advisable to visit and explore the square in the evening. Don't miss Plaza de Colón when you visit the city of Madrid on your vacation. One of the largest shopping centers in Madrid known as El Jardin de Serrano is located just across the street of Calle de Serrano.
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