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From: Jovia A. D'souza
Date: 02-02-2015 13:16:39 pm
Subject: 5 Don't Miss Places In Spain - The Architectural Wonders
5 Don't Miss Places In Spain - The Architectural Wonders
By Jovia A. D'souza
Stepping into Spain is like stepping into a fairyland. There are castles and palaces galore! To add, there are numerous places of worship belonging to different faiths. The towering buildings identified by their highly ornate exteriors and their attention to detail in large and small features have made them masterpieces across the globe. Spain comes in at number 2 among the countries with the highest number of buildings on UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.
If you are planning a trip to Spain in the coming months, make sure you organize a tour to these World Heritage Sites Spain boasts of.
1. Alhambra Palace -
The Alhambra palace was built as a small palace and fortress in 889, in Granada. Back in the 13th and 14th centuries, it was the seat of the emirs who were the Moorish rulers of Granada. It sits on a hilly terrain as the perfect example of Islamic architecture. It is made entirely of red clay; that explains its rosy-peachy hue.
2. Santiago de Compostela -
Located in the North Western region of Spain, the famous pilgrimage site commemorates the struggle of the Christian's against Islam in Spain. It was torn down by the Muslims at the end of the 10th century. However, it was rebuilt immediately after that. The site has several buildings - Romanesque, gothic and Baroque - centered round the cathedral and the tomb of Apostle St. James. In 2000, it earned the moniker European City of Culture.
3. Works of Antoni Gaudi -
We wouldn't do justice to this list of architectural wonders if we did not mention the works of Antonio Gaudi. He was one of the finest architects in the world whose works were a perfect blend of the cultural and artistic sensibilities of the time as well modern trends in construction. Gaudi was a modernist. There are seven sites in total all located in and around Barcelona. There is Sagrada Familia, Parque Guell, Palacio Guell, Casa Batllo, Casa Mila, Casa Vicens and the Crypt at the Colonia Guell.
4. Burgos Cathedral -
This Burgos cathedral has been dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It has every feature that exemplifies Gothic Art. It also bares a close resemblance to Cathedrals in France in terms of its layout. Taken up for construction in the 13th century it was completed in the 16th century. The cathedral houses various chapels that are each done up in their own decoration. The Statue of Papamoscas is a highlight of the Burgos Cathedral.
5. Old City of Salamanca -
The Old City of Salamanca sits on top of the mountain overlooking the Tormes River, to the North-West of Madrid. This ancient university town was the settlement of the Romans before it was captured and ruled by the Moors. The Old City of Salamanca comprises several buildings built in the Churrigueresque architectural style. There are two universities (College of Calatrava and Colegio San Ambrosio) and two churches (San Sebastian and Santa Cruz de Canizares) on the grounds. The grand Plaza Mayor constructed in the Baroque style is another major highlight and is best seen by night.
Like Italy is well known for its artistic leanings, Spain boasts of monumental pieces in architecture. They each have the history of their period encapsulated in them. For more information on the don't miss places in Spain,visit TravelMagma, the one-stop destination for all travelers.
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