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La Sagrada Familia – interior

The church’s roof and flooring were only completed in 2010-just in time for Pope Benedict XVI to arrive and consecrate the church. Part of Gaudi’s religious vision was a love for nature. He said, “Nothing is invented; it’s written in nature”. Let’s admire Gaudi’s vision of a sacred place:  

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La Sagrada Familia – exterior

  The Basilica of the Sagrada Familia is remarkable for its size and ambition. This church, which occupies a whole block of the Eixample district, is a mass of profusely worked stone in catherdal-like dimensions. Built around a Latin cross ground plan with five naves, it is characterized by its …

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Segovia: a vanished world

Segovia is symbolic of a complex, historical reality. Its neighbourhoods, streets, and houses are laid out in accordance with a social structure in which hierarchy was organized and dominated by belonging to one of the different cultural communities. Moors, Christians, and Jews coexisted for a long period of time in …

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Segovia: the Roman Aqueduct

The Old Town of Segovia is located in the centre of Spain, in the Autonomous Community of Castile and León. Located 40 kilometres from Madrid, Segovia has a very rich history and is recognized as UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. The biggest highlight of Segovia is its Roman Aqueduct. This 2000-year-old …

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10 more highlights in Madrid

1. La Cibeles Fountain. The fountain is named after Cybele, a Phrygian goddess who had a significant cult in Rome, and is seen as one of Madrid’s most important symbols. The sculpture depicts the goddess, sitting on a chariot pulled by two lions. 2. El Oso y el Madrono (the Bear …

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Valley of the Fallen

Hello everybody, here is another very powerful place in Spain. The following description of this place is from Rick Steve’s guide to Spain. It describes the Valley of the Fallen very well. The pictures outside of the basilica are mine. The ones showing the inside of the basilica are from …

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El Escorial…….

Hello my dear friends, today we have visited some amazing places and had a cute adventure. I will try to describe everything but it all takes time. We took another organized tour from Madrid, this time we started in El Escorial. The Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, …

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Ávila, the City of Saints

Our guide said that Ávila is a military fortress and a spiritual fortress or the “City of Saints and Stones”. Let me present three Saints from Ávila: 1. St. John of the Cross, one of the thirty-six Doctors of the Church. He was born Juan de Yepes y Álvarez into a converso family …

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Ávila: the City of Stones

Hello my wonderful blog readers!!! Thank you for all your comments, it is wonderful to open the dashboard and to see four or five comments from you. Thank you Basia, Mary Catherine, Karen, Christina, Rosalie, Danusia and everybody else. It is fun to communicate with you this way. Basienko, nobody …

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The Royal Madrid

First, let me introduce you to the king of Spain, Felipe VI: Felipe VI, born in 1968, is the King of Spain. He succeeded to the throne on 19 June 2014 following the abdication of his father, King Juan Carlos I. As heir apparent to the throne, he previously bore …

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