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April 4, 2020

Teatro Real Carlos III, Aranjuez!

So let me stay in royal Spain and tell you a bit more about the wonderful monuments of the princely city of Aranjuez, Comunidad de Madrid, and the wonderful  Teatro Real Carlos III. Of course, you can browse my previous posts on Aranjuez but I feel this theater was not mentioned enough in blog. This post will remedy that me think and I thank you for reading.

The Theater building was built in 1768 by King Carlos III. Therefore known as the Teatro Real Carlos III. The theater had a porticoes façade with five brick arches, and an engraving was placed on the frontispiece with the inscription translated as in Aranjuez the delights of the countryside are combined with the pleasures of the city, the king who built it and the year of its inauguration. The text comes from the official Theater webpage as below.

Aranjuez

The interior vault featured frescoes by great artists. The theater was divided into four floors: the audience, the boxes, the amphitheater and the upper floor, and also had a stage and two meeting rooms. It had a capacity for about 500 persons and there, for years, operas, comedies and dramas were performed.  Its inauguration took place on May 14, 1769, attended by King Carlos III, Doña María Luisa de Borbón and the entire royal family, occupying the corresponding Royal box. Later in the years 1828 and 1847, various restorations were made.

Entered already in the 20C, this theater passed into private hands and was renamed Gran Teatro Maestro Guerrero. Theatrical works were exhibited in it, until in its last years it became a cinema, and even movies were shot. Its ended closing its door in 1989.

This Teatro Carlos III, an architectural jewel of the 18C, has already been recovered and is now call Teatro Real Carlos III de Aranjuez. The recovered theater has those original elements that had been preserved, such as the frescoes on the ceiling or the wooden beams on the roof of the theatre. The room has been made up of the original materials restored in the way also confirmed by the original foundations themselves. The halls and rooms between walls have been the subject of an “architectural paraphrase” that aims to outline the timelessness of the materials themselves and their union, in construction and systems, without any mimetic or stylistic adventure. Architecture in its purest form. It also has two levels of boxes on the ground floor and an intermediate level of continuous seats, and an underground floor where the cafeteria has been located. The Teatro Real Carlos III de Aranjuez reopens its doors on June 5, 2014.

The official webpage of the Teatro Real Carlos III of Aranjuez in Spanish: Teatro Real Carlos III of Aranjuez

The tourist office of Aranjuez on the Teatro Real Carlos III in Spanish: Tourist office of Aranjuez on the Teatro Real Carlos III

Another wonderful architectural and historical monument in princely Aranjuez. Hope you enjoy the tour and brief introduction on the Teatro Real Carlos III or Royal Theater Charles III in Aranjuez. Ah yes walking is better with the Palace on your back turn right into plaza San Antonio ,passing on your left the jardin de Isabel II, continue until turning left at Calle San Antonio to Theater on your righ hand side,about 10 minutes delightful walk!

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

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April 4, 2020

The Church of Alpajés ,Aranjuez!

So let me stay in royal Spain and tell you a bit more about the wonderful monuments of the princely city of Aranjuez, Comunidad de Madrid, and the wonderful Church of Alpajés. Of course, you can browse my previous posts on Aranjuez but I feel this Church was not mentioned enough in blog. This post will remedy that me think and I thank you for reading.

The Church of Alpajés ,also known as the Church of the Virgen de las Angustias (sorrows Virgin church) is a church located in the city of Aranjuez on the banks of the Tajo river. Its construction began in 1681, however, the execution of the works would take time, having to be ordered by king Felipe V its completion.

Aranjuez

It was in 1690 when the inscription of its facade was placed indicating that its plant had been completed, remaining to build the main chapel. It has a Latin cross laidout. It was located in the old medieval neighborhood of Alpajés that was absorbed during the expansion of Aranjuez in the 18C.

The Church of Alpajés has a sober Baroque style façade with elements of classical architecture, with a brick façade and white apiary stone. The octagonal dome on the outside shows the heraldic shield of Carlos II with the date 1690. Inside is the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The church, completed in 1749 and modified in the 19C, would suffer a fire during the Spanish Civil War that would force the reconstruction in the late 20C of the dome, the choir, the roofs and the body of the sacristy, configuring the current volume that we can see today.

It is currently the parish Church of Our Lady of Sorrows (Alpajés) , patron Saint of Aranjuez.

There is a bit more in the city of Aranjuez on the Church of Alpajés in Spanish: City of Aranjuez on the Church of Alpajés

The Comunidad de Madrid region tourist page has more with the name of Church of Nuestra Señora de las Angustias in Spanish: Comunidad de Madrid tourism on the Church

There you go a nice church to stop by very near the Jardin del Principe or Prince’ garden of the Palace of Aranjuez. With your back to the palace walk up Calle del Principe in about 10-15 minutes depending longer if like us you are curious on your walks. Anyway hope you enjoy the brief post on the nice Church of Alpajés or de las Angustias in Aranjuez

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

 

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April 4, 2020

The Plaza de Cervantes , Alcalà de Henares!

So here I am again on a sunny day, and remembering the places I have been and really not given them the full credit in my blog. This is one beautiful town of Alcalà de Henares which we have enjoyed over the years even from my eternal Madrid. Walking this rich architectural and historical town is a must even if not into walking. The main street here is the Plaza de Cervantes and is gorgeous ; let me tell you a bit more on it ok. Hope you enjoy as we did.

The Plaza de Cervantes (Cervantes square)   is the center of the social life of Alcalà de Henares. This urban space connects directly with Calle Mayor and Calle Libreros, forming one of the main axes of the historic city. Initially it was the Plaza del Mercado , then the Plaza de la Constitución and, since 1879, it is the Plaza de Cervantes in memory of his favorite son Miguel de Cervantes. However, it is also popularly called Plaza Mayor, as it is the main and largest of Alcalá de Henares.

Alcala de Henares Plaza de Cervantes

In it the market of the town was celebrated and the annual fair of the same, granted by the Castilian king Alfonso VIII in 1184, for which it received the name of Plaza del Mercado. In the 15-16C, it was fully integrated into the urban area, by the expansion of the walls, first, and by the urban development of what would be the university neighbourhood, later. In this way the plaza became the main space of the town, the scene of all kinds of public celebrations, in addition to serving as a border between the jurisdiction of the town and that of the University. The Council headquarters were located there from the 16C. In the 19C the square underwent numerous changes. It received its current name Plaza de Cervantes   and several works were carried out for its beautification; such as the erection in 1879 of the statue of Cervantes that presides over it, and the construction of the Music Kiosk in 1898. The current appearance of the Plaza de Cervantes is due to the semi-pedestrianization process of its north and west sides, works carried out between 2018 and 2019.

Alcala de Henares

The Calle Mayor, Calle de los Colegios and Calle de los Cerrajeros (blacksmiths) end in the west; and that of Calle Libreros, Bustamante de la Cámara and Pedro Gumiel streets to the east with this last one leading to the Plaza de San Diego. To the south it borders Plaza Rodríguez Marín and communicates with Calle de los Colegios through Callejón de Santa María. In the center of it are walks and garden areas, in addition to the statue of Miguel de Cervantes 1879 and the Kiosk of Music 1898. Rectangular in shape, it has an area of11,900 m² (200 meters long, 60 meters wide) Its north and west sides are supported. Currently, the Plaza de Cervantes has 72 exempt vertical supports: 16 are columns and 56 are stone pillars.

Alcala de Henares

In the Plaza de Cervantes are some of the most important monuments and institutions of the city, such as: Círculo de Contribuyentes (restaurant casino and events); Hotel Cervantes Ayuntamiento   (city hall) Corral de Comedias (theatre) and and the ruins of the Church of Santa María, destroyed in 1936 at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War , of which its bell tower and its Oidor Chapel are preserved. In her numerous cultural, sporting, political, social and religious activities are celebrated. For example: The Book Fair, Horseback Riding in August and the Three Kings Day, Cervantino Market and Easter Processions. Also, the Municipal Tourist Office is in Callejón de Santa María, 1.

Alcala de Henares

It is indeed the center focus of the city of Alcalà de Henares and a must to visit. Lovely architecture and historic buildings all around it. Some webpages to help you enjoy further the Plaza de Cervantes are

The Calle Mayor webpage on the Plaza de Cervantes in Spanish: La Calle Mayor webpage on the Plaza de Cervantes

The tourist office of the city of Alcala de Henares in Spanish on things to see: City of Alcala de Henares on tourism

The tourist office of Alcala de Henares unofficial: Tourist office of Alcala de Henares unofficial on the Plaza de Cervantes

The tourist office of the Comunidad de Madrid on Alcalà de Henares things to see in Spanish: Tourist office of Comunidad de Madrid on Alcala de Henares

There you go a wonderful square in a wonderful city of my Madrid and Spain. Hope you enjoy the tour on these awesome places such as the Plaza de Cervantes in Alcalà de Henares.

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

 

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