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Madrid: Gran Via

Gran Vía (literally “Great Way”) is an ornate and upscale shopping street located in central Madrid. Now, the street is known as the Spanish Broadway, and is one of the streets with more nightlife in Europe. It is known as the street that never sleeps. The lively street is one …

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Our walking tour in Madrid

Here is our sweet and energetic tour guide in Madrid. She started the tour with showing us good places to have hot chocolate with churros. She explained why the names of streets also have pictures. In the past the majority of inhabitants of Madrid were illiterate. They would remember the …

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Jewish Toledo

Toledo’s Jewish community-educated, wealthy, and cosmopolitan-thrived from the city’s earliest times. Jews of Spanish origin are called Sephardic Jews. There were 11 synagogues in Toledo. Today only two of them remain and can be visited, the rest of them was destroyed. We visited Sinagoga de Santa Maria la Blanca. As …

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Christian Toledo

Incredibly well-preserved and full of cultural wonder, the entire city of Toledo has been declared a national monument. With 2,500 years of tangled history-Roman, Jewish, Visigothic, Moorish, and Christian, Toledo sits on a high rocky perch protected on three sides by the Tajo River. In 1085 the city was reconquered …

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Sevilla: Moorish art and architecture

The Alcázar of Seville is a royal palace, originally developed by Moorish Muslim kings. The palace is renowned as one of the most beautiful in Spain, being regarded as one of the most outstanding examples of mudéjar architecture found on the Iberian Peninsula. The upper levels of the Alcázar are …

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Sevilla: the largest Gothic church in the world

Jamón is the Spanish word for ham. In English it refers to certain types of dry-cured ham from Spain. There are two primary types of jamón: jamón serrano (meaning ham from the sierra or mountains) and jamón ibérico (ham from the Black Iberian pig). You can see them everywhere you …

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Sevilla: The Plaza de España + la mantilla española

Here we are again, on our way to Seville. Southern Spain is going through a period of severe drought and one heat wave after another. Local people say that this summer so far is one of the hottest. Two hours later, we are in Sevilla. The gateway to the New …

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Córdoba by day and by night

Here are some pictures from our walks in Córdoba. This beautiful city was a capital for both Roman and Moorish empires. During the time of the Moorish empire Córdoba was the center of a thriving and sophisticated culture. During the Dark Ages in Europe, Córdoba was a haven of enlightened thought-famous for …

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Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba

The Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba, also known as the Great Mosque of Córdoba   is the Catholic Christian cathedral of the Diocese of Córdoba dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. The structure is regarded as one of the most accomplished monuments of Moorish architecture. It originally was a Catholic Christian …

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Córdoba: a Catholic mass in the mosque

Today we had a mass in a very, very special place. First it was a Visigothic Catholic church built around 600. Then, in 784, a big mosque was built on top of the Visigothic church, called the Great Mosque of Córdoba. In  1236 Córdoba was reconquered by the Spanish and the mosque …

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