Just outside the old walled city of Santiago de Compostela, we find “La Alameda de Santiago” or “Parque de la Alameda”. By definition, an “alameda” is an area or walkway with poplars, a tree that belongs to the genus Populus. Over time the term has been extended to include any area that contains trees. Therefore, the park of “La Alameda de Santiago” is full of a great variety of trees. Continue reading “La Alameda – Santiago de Compostela, Spain”
The Marine Museum (Museu da Marinha) was established by King Don Luís in 1863, and with the main objectives the dissemination of naval military affairs, and above all, disseminate the Portuguese maritime past, from the time of the Discoveries until the 19th century. Continue reading “The Marine Museum – Lisboa, Portugal”
As we strolled through Braga (Portugal), we arrive at the Jardim da Praça do Municipio and the “Paços do Concelho”, the Municipal Chamber or Town Hall.
The tower of Belém or tower of Bethlehem, as it appears in some writings, constitutes one of the most representative examples of the “Manueline” architecture. It is located at the mouth of the Tagus River, in the ward of “Santa Maria de Belém”, in the southwest section of Lisbon, Portugal. Together with the “Jerónimos” Monastery, the “Torre de Belém” was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1983. Continue reading “The Tower of Belém – Lisbon, Portugal”
Anchored on the banks of the Tagus River, in “Belém”, we find the Monument to the Discoveries, popularly known in Lisbon, Portugal, as “Padrão dos Descobrimentos”. The monument, built in 1960, served to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator, discoverer of “Madiera”, the Azores and Cape Verde. Continue reading ““Padrão dos Descobrimentos” – Lisbon, Portugal”
The Temple of Dendur that we can contemplate in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), is considered the oldest building in the city of New York. Yes, from New York! How does this Egyptian temple reach the other side of the world? Continue reading “The oldest building in New York is an Egyptian temple”
The Castle of Tomar located in the small Portuguese city of Tomar in the Santarem region, was part of the military defensive structures known as the Tagus Line, along with other existing castles during the Reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula of the Moors . Known to be a Castle of the Order of the Temple, it was built under the orders of the Grand Master of the Order in 1160, Gauldim Pais on a hilltop in the “São João Baptista” Ward and very close to the “Nabão” river. Continue reading “The Castle of Tomar and its Convent of Christ – Portugal”
The Holy Apostolic and Metropolitan Cathedral Church of Santiago of Compostela is the home of the tomb of the Apostle Santiago (James the Apostle), known as “Santiago el Mayor” , besides marking the end of the pilgrimages along the Ways of “Santiago”.
One of the most outstanding museums in the world is the Metropolitan Museum of Art or simply The MET. It is located in the district of Manhattan, in the city of New York and when visiting this great city, we could not resist to enter and enjoy its great collection of works. Continue reading “The MET – New York”
In 1532, work began on the construction of the “Santo Tomás de Aquino” Convent of the Order of the Dominicans of San Juan.