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July 16, 2022

Plaza de España of Barcelona !!

And I bring you out to the Mediterranean again, and lovely Barcelona. I am updating this older post as this was my entry point to the city from the airport at Prats.  It is a complicated city now, but the beauty of it still shines on,and should be a must when visiting SpainOne of the most known and emblematic places there is the Spain square or Plaza de España (Spa) and Plaça de Espanya (Cat).  I like to tell you a bit more on it ; hope you enjoy it as I.

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The Plaza de España in Barcelona is one of the most emblematic squares in the city. It was built during the International Exhibition of 1929. With 34 000 m² of space , it is the second largest square in SpainIt is an important center of the traffic of the city, to converge in it the Gran Vía de las Cortes Catalanas,  the avenida del Paralelo, Calle Tarragona, Calle Creu Coberta and the Avenida de la Reina María Cristina , through which one accedes to the zone of Montjuïc , and where the Feria de Muestras  and the Museo Nacional de Arte de Cataluña are located. Other important buildings of the square are the Las Arenas shopping center (former bullring, Neo-Mudejar style) and the Plaza Hotel, as well as the so-called Venetian towers, built for the exhibition of 1929. There are also the Municipal Institute of Education and a police station of the Mossos.

As far as transport is concerned, under the square are the station of Plaza de España of the metro lines 1 and 3 ,and another of the railways of the Generalitat of Catalonia. As well as the express bus from the airport stops here; and yes folks I have taken it several times, a breeze !

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The plaza de España was projected as a communication route between Barcelona and the towns of lower Llobregat. After a first project to urbanize Plaza in 1915, the works were finally continued from 1926. They designed a monumental ensemble of circular form, around a hemicycle formed by a colonnade of Baroque style, influenced in the square of Saint Peter of the Vatican city by Bernini. In the access of the square that leads to the Avenue de la Reina Cristina two high towers were placed in the form of Campaniles, inspired by the campanile of San Marcos of Venice.

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In the middle of the square where the end of the city was previously found on the old Madrid road is a monumental fountain with an ornate sculptural decoration. of classical inspiration, the iconographic sense of the work represents a poetic allegory to Spain: on a pond of triangular plant is located a aedicule with three niches with sculptural groups that symbolize the rivers that flow into the three seas that surround the Iberian Peninsula, the Ebro (Mediterranean), the Guadalquivir and the Tagus (Atlantic) and some figures of teenagers for the rivers of the Cantabrian Sea, in the vertices of the pond are located three groups representing the fruits and gifts of the waters: abundance, public health  and fishing and navigation, around the central body are located three columns with various figures and emblems that symbolize religion (a cross with Ramon Llull, St. Teresa of Jesus and St. Ignatius of Loyola), heroism (a sword with Don Pelayo, Jaime I of Aragon,  and the Arts (a book with Ausiàs March and Miguel de Cervantes); Finish the work a censer of fire with three victories, work in bronze. Beautiful all !!!

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The city of Barcelona on the plaza de Españahttps://meet.barcelona.cat/es/descubre-barcelona/distritos/sants-montjuic/plaza-de-espanya

The Barcelona tourist office on the square of Spainhttps://www.barcelonaturisme.com/wv3/en/page/1214/the-monumental-fountain-in-the-placa-espanya.html

There you go folks ,another jewel in the crown of Spain ,yes! Plaza de España of Barcelona. One of th sights to be and walk all over, I have stayed lately near it in nice hotels and it is always a pleasure to see it. You should too!

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

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July 16, 2022

The Church San Estebàn of Segovia !

Ok so I am back in this wonderful Castilian town of my love. I heard about since birth, but finally came to see it in 1990 and has been an everlasting love affairs since. Of course, I am talking about Segovia ,in the Province of Segovia, and the autonomous region of Castilla y Léon! However, some monuments don’t get the recognition they deserve even in my previous posts touch only by word. I like to split these monuments into single entries and tell you on each as they deserve, It is time I tell you a bit more about the Church San Estebàn of Segovia!

The Church or Iglesia San Estebàn located at the Plaza San Estebàn is of Mudejar style with a polygonal body apse surmounting another straight one; four Mudejar tombs from the 16C with filigree plasterwork, and, in addition, a Renaissance altarpiece. Raised on a terrace of the Cuéllar wall, it is perhaps the fundamental brick Romanesque building of the Cuellar school,

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Built between the 12C and 13C, it is a church with three naves, the Romanesque elements being preserved, the arcaded gallery and the majestic tower, probably the best Romanesque tower in Castile. The capitals, beautifully decorated, offer a good and varied sculptural decoration. Among them, those that narrate the Adoration, present fantastic animals or show vegetal motifs stand out.

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But without a doubt, the most attractive is the majestic 53 meter high tower (highest in Roman Spanish) and its portentous bell tower (even if cannot be climb). Built in late Roman style on perfect blocks of yellowish sandstone that powerfully reflects the sunlight, it is divided into 6 sections, separated by imposts decorated with floral motifs, which become lighter as they gain height. The first is solid, the next two have two blind arches on each face, the two immediately above repeat this arrangement, but with open and clearly flared arches, and the upper one has three smaller and flared openings. The interior is Baroque in style as was rebuilt in the 18C.

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Roman Segovia site on the churchhttp://segovia-romanica.com/#mejor/iglesia-san-esteban

The Segovia tourist office on the churchhttps://www.turismodesegovia.com/que-ver/monumentos/iglesias/#SAN_ESTEBAN

The Castilla y Léon region tourist office on the churchhttps://www.turismocastillayleon.com/es/arte-cultura-patrimonio/monumentos/iglesias-ermitas/iglesia-san-esteban-640a

The quest continues for more, as Spain is everything under the sun! Never amazes me to find wonderful places to see ,no wonder is the no 2 spot on Earth for visitors . And numbers are from WTO-UN or United Nations World Tourism Organisation ,keeping numbers on travelers since 1949! Hope you enjoy this post on the Church San Estebàn of Segovia as I.

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

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July 16, 2022

The Church San Clemente of Segovia !

Ok so I am back in this wonderful Castilian town of my love. I heard about since birth, but finally came to see it in 1990 and has been an everlasting love affairs since. Of course, I am talking about Segovia ,in the Province of Segovia, and the autonomous region of Castilla y Léon! However, some monuments don’t get the recognition they deserve even in my previous posts touch only by word. I like to split these monuments into single entries and tell you on each as they deserve, It is time I tell you a bit more about the Church San Clemente of Segovia!

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The Church or Iglesia de San Clemente, stands between the Calle del  Marquis de Mondéjar, Calle Gobernador Fernandez Jiméneza and Calle Doctor Sancho, is characterized by a semicircular apse with three paired arches, with columns that would have inside windows of half point, pedestals and capitals. It would preserve from its primitive Romanesque construction the portico, and two covers: the one that corresponds to the main nave, and the lateral one, which gives entrance to the church. The tower is of low elevation and was eliminated in the 18C. Altars would be baroque and Churrigueresque in style. At the beginning of the 20C, the congregation was added to the parent parish of San Millán.

Inside it has interesting paintings from the 13C of the Jesse tree. The temple is occupied by the nuns of María Reparadora, ( order established in Strasbourg , France in 1857) , which is why it is not open to visitors.

The Roman Segovia site on the churchhttp://segovia-romanica.com/#mejor/iglesia-san-clemente

The Segovia tourist office on the churchhttps://www.turismodesegovia.com/que-ver/monumentos/iglesias/#SAN_CLEMENTE

The quest continues for more, as Spain is everything under the sun! Never amazes me to find wonderful places to see ,no wonder is the no 2 spot on Earth for visitors . And numbers are from WTO-UN or United Nations World Tourism Organisation ,keeping numbers on travelers since 1949! Hope you enjoy this post on the Church San Clemente of Segovia as I.

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

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