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Spain III: Barcelona – Hundreds of Years of History or What Sights to Visit - VIDEO
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.
One of the most humongous buildings is Gothical cathedral of the Holy Cross and St Eulalia referred to as Cathedral of Barcelona. There we can also find archbishop’s residence. In the crypt of St Eulalia, below the main altar, you can see detailed alabaster sarcophagus where remains of this sanct are supposed to lay.
The best example of Catalonian Gothics is considered Santa Maria del Mar church built in the 14th century. I can only confirm it. I had been thinking for a long time how medieval builders managed to build something like it with primitive technology they had.
Cathedrals are not the only medieval sights in the city. Hard to not notice is Gothic townhall Casa de la Ciutat or historical shipyard Les Drassanes which is to be found near the harbor. The shipyard was built in the 14th century the Naval Museum . Also the Pedralbes monastery is popular.
Sagrada Familia is the sight of same significance as Prague Castle or St Vitus cathedral is for Prague. At the end of the 19th and in the beginning of the 20th centuries, the main architect was Antoni Gaudí. He put incredible amount of creativity in it. Even though it is not finished, not even nearly, one can easily assume there is hardly any like it in the world.
The construction works started already in 1882. The works should finish in 2026 to celebrate 100th anniversary of architect’s death. Gaudí wanted his monumental building to create an incentive to return to Roman Catholic church teachings, therefore he wanted to build “the last large shrine of Christianity”. Therefore, the cathedral has lots of Christian symbols. Perhaps the most interesting one is 18 towers which represent 12 apostles, 4 evangelists, Virgin Mary, and Jesus Christ.
I also recommend you to visit the Museum of Catalonia above Placa Espanaya. The museum has an interesting exhibition and offers a beautiful vista from its roof terrace. You can buy a special ticket to there and it is much cheaper than an entrance to the exhibition itself. Then go up around the Joan Miró Museum to Barcelona Castle. You can either go on foot, or take a bus that would take you to the top, or use a cable way to overcome a part of the route.
You need couple of days to visit at least the most popular sights. You will not get bored.
The monastery high in the mountains has for centuries been a refuge for the Benedictine monks, who are here guarding the miraculous statue of the Black Madonna of Montserrat. Maybe you belong to pilgrims who will go to her to worship. But even if you do not believe in miracles, take a day trip here from Barcelona. It is an exceptional and impressive place.
Salvador Dalí. A name that lives 30 years after the death of its bearer. This eccentric artist has left an indelible surrealistic footprint not only in painting, sculpture, photography and literature, but also in architecture. And it was in this area that it was most realized in its homeland, the so-called Wild Coast (Costa Brava) of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia in the north of Spain.
A beautiful city scenting with orange trees is located in Andalusia, south Spain - Cordoba (Córdoba in Spanish). The city is protected by UNESCO. Tourists are lured in for its Arabic architecture originating around the year 1000. The city was an important part of Islamic cutlure back then.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
«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.
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.
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.
This small article is dedicted to Spain, better to say to the whole Pyrenee Peninsula (even Portugal will not be forgotten). I try to describe the places, which I had to make acquintance with during my stay in Spain. Nevertheless, it would be useful to say a few words about Spain in general.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Huge almost 350 hectares area, a number of charming nooks, adapted shrubs, flower beds, shady forest and the sun-heated artificial lake with romantic boats, rare statues and memorials or musicians. Such is the Madrid Retiro Park. Lots of visitors come there to find a respite, a romantic atmosphere, opportunities for active sports or cultural enrichment.