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January 30, 2020

Museums of Segovia!!!

So here I am back in one of my favorite towns of my beloved Spain. I don’t have to repeat myself when I came here first and my memories with family here always coming from Madrid where I used to lived.

There are many things to see in Segovia, not just the major tourist attractions that are also major monuments in the history of our Spain. I can only recall the Chapel of Santa Barbara in the Cathedral , who is the Patron Saint of my native town. etc. However,there are museums too and very good ones indeed.

I like to tell you a bit on the museums of Segovia at least my favorite ones.

The Museo de Segovia museum in the Casa del Sol is a cultural institution of the Spanish State managed by the Autonomouse community of Castilla y León, which guards the arts of the province of Segovia. Throughout its history it has had several denominations, Museum of Paintings, Museum of Fine Arts or Provincial Museum, as well as various headquarters from the initial in the episcopal palace in 1842, passing through the Church of San Facundo 1845 and the House del Hidalgo 1967 , until settling in the Casa del Sol or sun house dating from king Enrique IV times.

The building, nestled in a ram in the western section of the medieval wall, is a reform of the old slaughterhouse; the Casa del Sol museum made between 1986 and 2006.  The Museum is made up of some 1,500 pieces with archaeological, ethnological and fine art backgrounds from the Segovian region. The archaeological pieces range from the Paleolithic, through Celtiberian, Roman, Visigoth, Islamic, to the Christian era. The collection of sculptures, paintings and decorative arts come from the Spanish confiscation of the 19C. The permanent exhibition is organized in 7 rooms on 4 floors.

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They are as on the ground floor: Room A. “Segovia in time. The roots of History” (Geology, Geochronology, Geography and Landscape). Room B. “From the First Villagers to the Altomedieval World” (Prehistory, Ancient History and Visigothic Period). Room C. La Piedra Labrada (Ancient, medieval Lapidary and Barral collection, in the courtyard).

Upstairs: Room D. “The Low Middle Ages. Church, Nobility and Pueblo Llano”. (From Islam to the 16C: Romanesque, Gothic and Mudejar. Painting. The Lord and the War. Castles and Alcázares. Departure to the Adarve. The Grinding and its Measures. Grazing, Mesta and Transhumance Wool and Dresses (Batanes, looms and Knitting Machines).

Mezzanine I: Room E. “Renaissance and Baroque. The Austrias”. La Estampa.Arquitectura: the New Cathedral. Painting. Hydraulic Energy and its Technique: Numismatics in Segovia. Navafría Copper Martinete.

Mezzanine II: Room F. Sculpture of the 15-16C. Room G. “The Bourbons and the Enlightenment. The 20C”. The constructions of the Bourbon Segovia. The Royal Factories: La Granja, El Aserrío de Valsaín and the Cloths of Laureano Ortiz de Paz. Popular pottery (highlighting the Fernando Arranz collection). Traditional clothing Contemporary painting and sculpture.

And great views over Segovia and the Cathedral from the museum!!!

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Tourist office of Segovia on the Museum

Official museums of Castilla y Leon on the Museum of Segovia

Another wonderful building that I came straight for it is the Casa Museo Antonio Machado , one of Spain leading poet/writer.  He first came here in November 25 , 1919 to hold a place as professor of French in the Instituto General y Técnico where he stayed until 1932.  And even thus he leaves the city in September 1932 to teach French in the Instituto Calderón de la Barca in Madrid. He did came back for visits afterwards; Segovia keeps a very big heart for him. He was actually born in Sevilla in 1875 , and founder of the Spanish Modernismo been part of the famous Generation of ’98 and member of the Spanish Royal Academy.

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From 1949, Segovian friends of the poet decided to ensure that the building did not disappear. In 1951, they bought the apartment, then in 1974, they bought the whole house. They make it a house-museum. Visitors can view the writings and personal belongings of Antonio Machado. Original objects are still there, such as the iron bed, furniture or the oil heater. A bust of the poet made by the sculptor Ignacio Barral is placed in the access garden. The house-museum is administered by the Real Academia de Historia y Arte de San Quirce. Antonio Machado was a member of this cultural institution, along with other intellectuals from the province. Their webpage is here: Real Academia de San Quince on house museum of Antonio Machado

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One of the poems I always remember was dedicated to the assassination of another great Poet/writer of Spain, Federico Garcia Lorca in the early stages of the Spanish Civil War, “El Crimen fue en Granada” = Se le vio, caminando entre fusiles, por una calle larga, salir al campo frío, aún con estrellas de la madrugada. Mataron a Federico cuando la luz asomaba” IN short, it translates as, The crime was in Granada.  He was seen walking amongt rifles on a long street, going out into the cold field still with stars of the night. They killed Federico when the daylight looms. One of my favorite poets of Spain.  There is a guide map where you can trace the walks of his daily routines in the city ask the tourist office.

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Tourist office of Segovia on the House Museum of Antonio Machado

Tourist office of Province of Segovia on the House Museum of Antonio Machado

And there you go , there is arts in Segovia and very good ones indeed. Hope you have the time to enjoy them. My favorite museums of Segovia.

And remember, happy travel, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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January 30, 2020

Gates of Segovia!

And on my nostalgic run of my beloved Spain, I got out of the vault two nice gates that are in Segovia. Well, a very popular city and on certain times heavily loaded with the hordes of tourists. However, away from the center there are nice curiosities to see.

One of my fond moments is to walk in a city once arriving by car. We walk all over and passed by some interesting monuments like the Puerta de Madrid and Puerta de San Andrés I like to tell you a bit more on them. Hope you enjoy it

First, we go by car from Madrid entering Segovia by Calle de Jose Zorilla and just landed at the underground parking of Ezequiel Gonzalez and then walk all over. The parking is located on Calle Barreros corner of Paseo Ezequiel Gonzalez; more here: http://www.turismodesegovia.com/inicio/servicios-basicos/

The Puerta del Mercado (Market), as the current Puerta de Madrid was first called, began to be built in 1703 and was completed in April 2004, being one of the last Baroque works in the city of Segovia.

The Puerta de Madrid is actually, more than a gate, a triumphal arch made in commemoration of the legendary, heroic and decisive action for the conquest of Madrid, carried out by the Segovian captains Fernán García and Día Sanz. According to legend, when King Alfonso VI was preparing to conquer Madrid, he brought together the council militias, arriving late from the Segovians sent by captains Fernán García de la Torre and Día Sanz de Quesada. When they asked the king to stay in the royal camp, he, annoyed at this delay, told them to do so in Madrid, words they took as an order and, after assaulting the Madrid walls, they alone took the city. Then, they informed the king of their action, telling him that he could already stay in Madrid, being rewarded by the monarch in a remarkable way.

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The Puerta de Madrid was built around an arch formed by padded ashlars that is framed between straight pilasters. On the ledge, located on a false entablature, are the sculptures that serve as the auction of the monument. In the center, crowned by balls, there are two different shields, one on each side of the door: the royal shield is the one that faces the outside of the city and the shield of Segovia is the one that looks towards the inside of it. On both sides of the latter, there are two dressed figures, armed with spears and protected with medieval armor that represent the captains Fernán García and Día Sanz, who seem to be watching outside the city while guarding the shields located between them. The whole set is built in limestone, with the exception of the lower part of it, the pedestals in the case of pilasters, which is granite. On the sides of this triumphal arch, the presence of two buttresses endow it with greater strength and stability.

Tourist office of Segovia on the Puerta de Madrid

We walked passed the Puerta San Andrés . The Puerta San Andrés allows access to the city through the wall. It is located near the old Jewish quarter. It gave way to the orchards and planting lines of the Clamores valley. Its current aspect is due to the reform that was carried out in the construction at the time of the Catholic Monarchs. That happened between the end of the 15C and the beginning of the 16C.  From this point we will clearly see, right in front, the Jewish cemetery popularly known as “El Pinarillo”.

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The Puerta San Andrés gate retains Romanesque-Mudejar remains. It is formed by two towers: one of square plant, that is united to the wall; and another polygonal plant with cross bolts, which is exposed to the outside. Between them there is a passage crowned by a semicircular arch with an embedded royal shield. There is also a tall body with windows and battlements. On the top there is a cornice of pyramid balls and battlements. On the inside of the arch there is still a small chapel with the image of the Virgen del Socorro, which is why the Gate is also known as the Arco del Socorro (Helps gate) , and also has been known with the names Puerta de la Juderia or Jewish quarter gate. From there it is possible to see one of the sides of the Cathedral of Segovia and its tower.

Tourist office of Segovia on the Puerta de San Andrés

So there you go if you want to see the lovely Segovia and away from the main points of popular monuments (that you must see as well) than do a bit of walking and see these wonderful monuments of the Puerta de Madrid and Puerta de San Andrés.

And remember, happy travel, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

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January 30, 2020

Events and Theater at Toledo! Spain that is!!!

So bringing you back to another of my favorite cities of my beloved Spain. And many times visited with family nearby over the years, and of course, never enough written on it or pictures! I do have several posts on the city of Toledo, Castilla La Mancha , Spain. I will try to tell you in my next posts the arts and museums of Toledo, but first a bit about the city’s location, good by train and already a post on that over the years the car is my second home.

Toledo is about 71 km (about 44 miles) from Madrid. From Toledo part the N-400, which connects this city with Cuenca by Ocaña and Tarancón.  There is now an excellent  A-40 Autovia or highway of Castilla-La Mancha, that unites Avila with Maqueda (where it links with the Extremadura highway), Toledo, Ocaña (where it joins the highway of Andalusia), Tarancón (where it connects with the highway of Levante, Valencia), Cuenca and Teruel. A former national road 401 Madrid-Toledo-Ciudad Real was transformed at the end of the decade of 1980 in the current A-42 .

The general tourist office information is here:

Tourist office of Toledo: https://turismo.toledo.es/

Tourist office of Castilla La Mancha on Toledo: http://en.www.turismocastillalamancha.es/patrimonio/toledo/

On this post let me bring you/me up to date on the wonderful building we find there and often overlook by the hordes of visitors, as I call it , the off the beaten paths sites. Let me tell you a bit more on the Circulo de Arte and the Teatro Rojas of Toledo.

The Circulo de Arte or Circle of Art in Toledo is located in the Plaza San Vicente, 2 in the Old Parish of San Vicente which was founded by King Alfonso VI after conquering the Moors the city of Toledo for the kingdom of Castile.

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The building has undergone, for centuries, different reconstructions, transformations and additions. Its current main façade, in which Roman reliefs and embedded Visigoths can be noticed, either as an ornament or as reused materials, conceals the originality with added constructions, being its oldest element preserved a splendid apse, from the 13C, of which already in the 15C by a recess of the street, was discovered its foundation platform, giving it its current slenderness and appearance of the Mudejar tower. In the Baroque era, a large stone shield and two openings were incorporated on the axis with the purpose of illuminating the main chapel and a lower chamber, being blind only a third crypt and sepulchral located in turn under both underground level to the current street. This peculiar apse is known in Toledo as “cubillo de San Vicente” (or cubism) , being one of the most valuable Mudejar remains of the ancient city. The temple consists of a single nave, the original of the Mudejar building, with side chapels on one side, separated from it by rectangular pillars on which semicircular horseshoe arches lean towards the ship and semi-circular townhouses towards these chapels that had to be added towards the second half of the 14C.

The church was desacralized in 1842 and, once the parish was abolished, it acquired over time various uses such as the museum of religious art, municipal warehouse, or classrooms of the University of Toledo, currently being the headquarters of the Toledo Circle of Art, and serving for artistic expression, cultural promotion, nightlife and the exercise of free thinking.

The central nave (Green) has an area of 222 m2, with a capacity for 450 standing persons and about 150 seated. The lateral nave (Purple) has an area of 53 m2 where the cafeteria is located. The stage (Blue) has an area of 54 m2, prepared with the appropriate technologies to carry out any type of event.

Official Circulo de ArteOfficial Circulo de Arte de Toledo

The Teatro Rojas Theater first opened in 1879 on the old comedy corral called Mesón de la Fruta and several architects participated in its construction. It is named in honor of the Toledo playwright Francisco de Rojas. The theater was inaugurated on October 19, 1879, with the representation of the work of Francisco de Rojas, drama de honor Del Rey abajo ninguno. Or the drama of honor of the King below none.

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Talía, the muse of the theater, and a series of medallions in which we see great authors of Spanish theater, such as Tirso de Molina, Calderón de la Barca or Francisco de Rojas, who gives name to the theater appear in the paintings on the ceiling. The sills of the boxes, the thin iron columns, the mouth of the stage with the stage boxes and, finally, the spectacular curtain, make this room an important piece within the particular panorama of the Spanish municipal theater of the 19C.

Official Teatro Rojas: Official Teatro Rojas de Toledo

A culture site of Castilla La Mancha with a wonderful picture of it: Culture of Castilla La Mancha on Teatro Rojas of Toledo

And there you go two wonderful buildings to add to your long list of things to see in my wonderful Toledo. Hope you enjoy it as we do

And remember, happy travel, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

 

 

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