In the historic center of the city of Seville, is the best Andalusian noble building that is a clear example of Sevillian architecture of the sixteenth century, is the House of Pilate. Inspired by the Italian Renaissance, it was built in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, originally called the Palace of the “Adelantados Mayores de Andalucía”. Continue reading “The House of (Pontius) Pilate in Seville”
Of baroque style, the Clerecía is the name given to the building of the former Royal College of the Holy Spirit of the Society of Jesus, built in Salamanca between the XVII and XVIII centuries. This building, which today houses the Pontifical University of Salamanca, was begun in 1617, by order of Queen Margaret of Austria and Philip III. Its objective was to be the main center for the formation of the Jesuits who would later be sent to the American colonies and the Protestant countries of central Europe. Later, after the expulsion of the Jesuits from Spain, the building passed to the Real Clerecía de San Marcos, hence the abbreviation Clerecía. Subsequently, the Clerecía ceded the building (except for the church) to the Diocese of Salamanca, which installed the Seminary of San Carlos. Continue reading “The Stairway to Heaven of the “Clerecía” of Salamanca”
A visit to Cordoba must include taking a look at its patios, the famous courtyards of Cordoba. Regardless of the time of the year, you can visit one of various courtyards that are open to the public. However, it is at the beginning of May that the “Festival de los Patios Cordobeses” or the Courtyards Festival of Cordoba is celebrated and in the year 2022 it will be held from May 3 to 15. Continue reading “The Courtyards of Cordoba, a festival of colors”
On our second visit to Cordoba, we confirmed once again why this Spanish city is internationally renowned for its beautiful patios. And this time it was our turn to go in summer, so we were delighted with the flowery beauties we would find there. Continue reading “The Viana Palace and its patios”
The city of Malaga lies at its feet, beneath the “Gibralfaro” Castle, one of the most invincible fortresses of the Iberian Peninsula. Continue reading “The Gibralfaro Castle, a symbol of the city of Malaga”
The Alcazar is one of the most emblematic monuments of the Spanish city of Jerez de la Frontera and the oldest and best preserved. It is located in the southeast corner of the walled enclosure, forming with the walls, towers and gates, a complex defensive system. Continue reading “The Alcazar of Jerez de la Frontera”
When one thinks of the Spanish city of Salamanca, one thinks of everything related to education, specifically theology, geography and law. Its medieval buildings were witnesses to a golden age, where illustrious characters who contributed and changed the rhythm of history strolled about.
The Guzman family was one of the oldest lineages in León. It was a powerful and very influential family of León, where they not only placed their Palace in the very center of this Spanish city, but also located it in such a way that its main façade opened onto the Plaza de San Marcelo. In addition, they demanded that nothing could be built in the square that would block that façade. There also accompanies this Palace, the Botines House designed by the architect Gaudí and the Old City Hall. Continue reading “León and The Guzman’s Palace”
There is nothing better than having “tapas” and a good wine or beer in the remains of an Arab bath. Yes, you read that correctly, we are talking about the best preserved 12th century Almohad bath in the whole Iberian Peninsula and it is located within the Giralda Brewery in Seville. Continue reading “The Giralda Brewery in an Arabian Bath House”
Shown as a museum, where its living exhibits change throughout the year, making this great space unique in its kind in Spain, it is the Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid.
With a privileged location in front of the Prado Museum, the Royal Botanical Garden has a space of 75,000 m2, containing approximately 5,000 different species of trees and plants from all over the world. Continue reading “The Royal Botanical Garden in Madrid”