Spain, Andalusia - Trip for Romance IV
Cordoba was the richest city of the West and the center of Islamic culture. First emirs resided in Seville. In the sixth year of Arab occupation (716) Emir Alhor moved his court to Cordoba. The ruled as deputies of the caliph of Damask. They were military warlords subordinated to the might of the House of Umayyad.
In the half of the 8th century, the House of Umayyad were slaughtered by the descendants of Prohpet’s uncle Abbas. The new dynasty moved the residence of caliphs to Baghdad. Yet not all of the Umayyads were killed during the feast Abú-l-Abbás made for his friends. Two of them did not come so they were not killed. It was Abdarrahman III who was 19 years old and his younger brother. In 929, Abdarrahman III declared himself an independen Umayyad caliph. His successor, Al-Hakam II founded a library in Córdoba that had 400 000 precious works ranging from mathematics, astronomy to medicine.
Now the sun is setting. So I am about to start hitchhiking. It is half past eight and nobody stopped for me. I have to sleep in a tent at the river. In the morning, some car stopped for me quickly and soon I am in Seville.
Here Miguel de Cervantes was imprisoned in royal prison. And it was here where he wrote his famous Don Quijote. I travel by public transportation to the center. I didn’t know how large a city Seville is. I pass by a huge mushroom where is an observation platform. Then I was heading towards the largest cathedral in Spain! When it was finished in 1520, it was even larger than famous Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.
Compared to Cordoba or Toledo, you would be bit disappointed as I were. Streets are narrow therefore easy to get lost in its streets. I am not afraid, though. Finding the right path is to find a piece of yourself within. I mean nooks you have never entered, capabilities you have never been aware of. The best point to navigate oneself is Giralda, the belfry to the famous cathedral. But it will easily get out of sight any moment while in the narrow streets. Seville as depicted in old paintings doesn’t exist. Beauties don’t walk in mantillas, scarfs lyingwith a comb of turtle shell. Women of Seville adapted to global fashion but still gently use their fans.
Seville was founded when the island was colonized by Phoenicians and Greeks. It was called Hispalis and it was conquered by Julius Caesar. Later, there ruled Vandals, Vizigoths, and great career it had during the rule of the Arabs. If Cordoba was center to knowledge, Seville was known for music and art. Notice how strictly sounds the name Cordoba. Seville, on the other hand, dance when you speak it...
Its time came in the 12th century. Almohad sultans created a great court in fortified Alcazar palace . The court has large gardens, and they decorated the city with beautiful buildings such as theGreat Mosque . Upon Ferdinand III’s conquest the courto f Moor sultans changed to the residence of Christian kings. When Toledo beacme the center of Castilian power, it initiated the time of sea voyages and Seville’s prosperity.
And now I am getting closer to monumental cathedral. Legend has it that its builders said: “We make a cathedral so huge everyone would thinkg that we went crazy.” Artists like Murillo, Zurbaran, and Morales decorated the sacristy. The cathedral has its own treasure – so many jewels, silver filigree, gold lined crosses, reliquaries one get dazzled by all this wealth.
To be continued...
Text and photo: Sylvie Halouzková
Right from the outset of the article, we have to take you to prehistoric caves near Villaluenga del Rosario. At the foot of the rocky massif that is part of the Sierra de Cádiz is the town of Villaluenga del Rosario.
It is time to move on in the direction to Cádiz. Everybody recommended me to see it. So why not?
From old fortress of San Servando I look deep down to a canyon between the rocks where the Tajo River flows. I admire the vista from the rock surrounded with the wall.
I walk in the park around Museum Prado. It is the temple of the art. Yet even the greatest of the art enthusiasts would get tired after couple of hours.
Whether you are lured by noisy streets of Sevilla, rhythm of flamenco and Sevillans, mystery of Cordoba, charm of Cadiz, or beauty of Granada with the Sierra Nevada in the background. You simply can’t let this slip away...
I visited the Catalonian capital with my family for a week in the time of Christmas holidays. I like to learn about culture of the country I spend my time in so I spent lot of time wandering in the streets, in parks or had breakfast in back-alley cafes with locals. I enjoyed hours-long dinners having great tapas and even better wine. I tried to met as new people as possible. True, only disadvantage was that I didn’t speak Spanish or Catalonian.
In narrow streets of historical center in Barcelona is really easy to get lost. However, you can be sure that you would always end up at some cathedral or, at least, small shrine. They are hard to see from distance, they just suddenly pop up in front of you. On the other hand, famous Sagrada Família is easy to see from distance.
Having 512 meters, Tibidabo is the highest summit of the Serra de Collserola. Therefore, you should miss it if you want to enjoy one of the best vistas over Barcelona. Tibidabo is on city’s northwest. You can easily distinguish it for its white temple on the top.
Spain’s second largest city, the center of Catalonia, popular destination of digital nomads, and mostly the place from where you bring countless great experiences. Barcelona is very kind to any type of traveler and you can visit it in any season.
Malaga (correct Spanish spelling is Málaga) is the second largest city in Andalusia. It is situated on the Mediterranean coastline. It is a center of the famous Costa del Sol resort.
The city of Ronda can be found in Spanish province of Andalusia Spain. The city lies on a plain that is introduced by a steep cliff, which gives it a truly unique look. Besides, you are sure to like the local culture which is mainly known for bullfighting aka corrida, and bandits. If you known the famous novel by American writer Ernest Hemingway Whom the Bell Tolls you maybe know that the novel takes place place during the Spanish civil war. Perhaps you remember Ronda from there, because part of the story took place here.
Even though summer is slowly coming to an end, it is still a good time for vacation. Today, we will head the sunny country of Spain, more precisely to Andalusia. We will see the province of Malaga to enjoy the Costa del Sol.
After vacation on Costa del Sol, Spain and walking through picturesque seaside towns, we have decided to experience the adventure. So we set out on the most southern tip of Spain, which is the United Kingdom's overseas territory - to Gibraltar.
Marbella is a beautiful and also clean city. It is situated on the famous coastline strip known as Costa del Sol. Marbella's promenades are lined with palms, luxurious beach clubs, and golf courses.
Marbella, the home for 140 thousand, was introduced in the last part. Today, we will continue in our trip to explore some nooks of this city in south of Spain.
Today we head to Andalusia. There we will take a look at the so-called Pueblos Blancos, or white villages that carry the charm of the ancient Moorish times. These small small villages are known by white houses typical of the Berber architecture of North Africa, a region that is home to the Moors.
On my road from Cádiz to Toledo, I spent couple of days in Lisbon. I think I really deserve some comfort and a shower. Thus, I would live in a hostel this time.
My trip to sunny Andalusia, rhythm of unbounded and wild guitarist Paca de Lucía, flamenco dancers, people of Sevilla goes on and this time it takes place in marvellous Granada.
I believe I will visit Granada one more time at some point in the future. Yet now I head to Málaga and Córdoba.
Welcome to our series dedicated to the fascinating Spanish city of Barcelona, which about we will be following three parts. In them you will know that it is a city that you should see at least once in your life.
In the second part about the beautiful city on the Mediterranean coast you can find out more about the beautiful villas that the famous architect Gaudí left here.
In the third part of our series you can learn about other notable references genius of Antonio Gaudi, which are the Sagrada Família and Parc Güell.
This rich city boasts with more than just architecture of brilliant Antonio Gaudí. In today’s part we will visit local aquarium and Barcelona coast promenade where are berthed historical ships and other interesting things.
Centre of Madrid is rich for interesting places, cultural and social events and the beautiful art treasures. One of them is the Cathedral of Santa Maria la Real de la Almudena, situated close to the royal palace. It represents a mixture of neo-classicist, Gothic and Romanesque styles. It is interesting valuable stained glass, paintings and two cross-shaped ships.
«I believe in eternity», said the American essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson when proclaimed to see the genius of Greece, Italy and Spain. Without any doubt, Emerson knew Granada or, at least, he had a feeling of how it would be like.
The visitor will feel at home in the Patio de los Leones whose fountain, surrounded by a slim gallery of 124 columns, provides a humane architectonic space put to the service of men, in a miraculous mixture of geometry, light and rhythm.
We bring you the last part of our series on sunny a shinning Barcelona. The trip will end on Montjuïc.
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