Madrid stands at the very center of Spain- geographically, culturally and politically. Madrid capital not only offers the culture and good times of a sophisticated, modern city but it also retains the charm and elegance of its early years. The power and glory of Madrid is reflected in its parks, plazas, boulevards and in the pride and panache of today’s Madrilenos.
For all its international veneer, however, the city remains thoroughly Spanish, and old Madrid is designed to a human, rather than a monumental, scale.
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This marvellous city is picturesquely sited upon a hill and behind the walls surrounding it lies much evidence of the city’s rich history. In the Middle Ages Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures lived side by side here, and it was during the same period that the Cathedral, the city’s most outstanding monument was built.
The Mudejar Art style is well represented in Toledo and two of the best examples are the synagogues of Santa Maria La Blanca and El Transito. The latter, of the late 12th century, is of an exotic influence and mixture of arts. The former, of the 14th century, has one of the best coffered ceilings in Toledo. Other interesting places to visit are the Taller del Moro (Toor’s Workshop) and The Cristo de la Luz (Christ’s Light).
Toledo also houses many of the works of El Greco who came to live here in the 16th century.
Segovia is just within an hour away from Madrid and is one of Spain’s most spectacularly sited city. Here there are countless vestiges of the past to be seen in buildings and remains of the old city. Most remarkable of all its landmarks is the incredible Roman aqueduct which towers over the town. Although it dates from the 1st century AD, it was still used until only 2 centuries ago. The awe-inspiring Alcazar has presided over the city since the middle ages and the imposing 16th century gothic Cathedral is also quite spectacular. Cochinio Asado (roast suckling pig) is just one of the many local dishes worth trying.
Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial
This spectacular and massive monastery-palace stands in the sierra de Guadarrama to the northwest of Madrid. It was built between 1563 and 1584, in honour of St. Lawrence (San Lorenzo). Its artistic wealth includes important works of the royal Habsburg collections and over 40,000 books in the library, which ceilings are decorated with frescoes by Tibaldi. Of special interest are the Royal Pantheon and the Museum of Art. Accommodation of your choice in Madrid.Its artistic wealth contains some important works of the royal Habsburg collections and over 40,000 books contained in the library, which ceilings are decorated with frescoes by Tibaldi. Of special interest also are the Royal Pantheon, full of urns of Spanish monarchs, and the Museum of Art, with Flemish, Italian and Spanish paintings hanging in there.
Situated, as many old cities in Spain, upon a hill, Cuenca has a very picturesque old town, and is one of the most unusual and dramatic fortress-cities in Spain. Around the Moorish style part of the city grew the Gothic and Renaissance one.
The Hanging Houses (Casas Colgadas) are its landmark, dating from the 14th century. Once used as a summer residence for the Royal Family, one of the houses today the Museo de Arte Abstracto (Abstract Art Museum), containing works by the movement’s leading artist, including Antoni Tapies and Eduardo Chillida.
The main building of Cuenca is the Cathedral, one of the most original works of Spanish gothic, with Anglo-Roman influences. Highlights of the Cathedra, built between the 12th and 16th century are the altar and the side chapels.
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