Spain, Barcelona: Catalan Metropolis II.
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.
After a quick introduction with the city in the previous episode, today we start to talk about points that should be on first places of tourist´s interest.
As usual, as the emergence of Barcelona is shrouded in mist of legends and myths. Better known story of the foundation is linked with the powerful demigod of Hercules. The second legend, which seems to be a bit more realistic, says that the city was founded by Hamilcar Barca (father of the famous Carthaginian Hannibal the Conqueror), which approximately in the 3rd century BC gave the city name Barcino.
The city was during its history become the Roman military camp, in the 3rd century AD was conquered by the Visigoths and for some time was the capital in the area of present-day Spain. Then the city came into the hands of the Arabs, who despite that they lost it in the war with Louis, son of Charlemagne. In the 17th century the city suffered from the Black Death, the plague that wiped out half of its population. After the jump a few centuries ahead to 20th century we find that Barcelona was a republican stronghold during the Spanish Civil War and after the fall followed by a mass escape people who headed to the border with France. Francesco Franco, that the 30 years usurped rule over Spain Barcelona, Catalonia hence, punished with cancel its autonomous institutions. Later, with the fall of Franco's dictatorship, Catalonia regained its political and cultural autonomy status. In front the world Barcelona started to shine again, and in 1992 there Olympic Games were organized.
One of the many references to the brilliant architect of Antoni Gaudí i Cornet. Gaudí in his buildings linked elements from his deep passions - architecture, nature and religion. The Casa Batllo, which is now a World Heritage Site, Gaudí worked with architecture, furniture designer and painter Jujol. The house, that local people call House of bones, has a very distinctive appearance, as is also typical of Gaudí, and can´t happen to you that you would get confused with something else, and it is difficult to put into some of the specific architectural styles. The building built between 1904 and 1906 is close to Passeig de Gràcia and currently operated as the museum opened to public. Unfortunately, it is common, when outside the museum stands a long queue of human snake. It could discourage the relatively high price of admission. However, photographs of the interior you can convince to stand still for a moment.
Another stunning of Gaudi´s buildings, that importance was emphasized by writing to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, it began to emerge in the course of Gaudi work on Casa Batllo. Casa Milà was completed in 1912. Bold and innovative style in which the house standing near Casa Batllo was built in that time, when uniform and austere façade were common, was outrageous. Its first owners were married couple Roser Segimon and Pere Mila. Mila, who was wealthy returnees from South America, was blamed of obsession with money. The more outstanding contrast between his personality and Gaudí's intention, that should lie in the Spiritualist symbolism of the building.
Next time we head to the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell for example...
Text/photo: Maxim Kucer
There is a small British enclave in the southernmost tip of Spain (Andalusia region known for the cities of Cordoba and Granada mostly). The earliest finding of human settlement dates back to the Stone Age here. A skull of a Neanthrtal man was found there. Later, armed struggles were led over the this strategic area which was annexed by the United Kingdom eventually.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
It is time to move on in the direction to Cádiz. Everybody recommended me to see it. So why not?
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.
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.
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.
Our trip to sunny Spain will be the last remark on summer this year that for the last time shows itself as the weather is really good this week.
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 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.
We bring you the last part of our series on sunny a shinning Barcelona. The trip will end on Montjuïc.
«To the Prado Museum, to which I owe so many hours of happiness».
In Southern Spain nearly embracing Africa there is an unforgettable place full of warm colours and exciting and vivid experiences.
Many people may have heard about Seville before. Many of them are accustomed to see its image represented along with the Giralda, watching the city aware of all what may take place, from its 94 meters heights.
«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.
There was a time in where it was a village. That village was called Benidorm. We are talking of the years 1950s. Suddenly, I mean s-u-d-d-e-n-l-y, the Spanish government of that time decided that as we had such a lovely weather and those lovely beaches why were not we to use it to attract tourists.
Finally, we arrived to Spain, in the course of the third day!
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