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February 22, 2019

Some news from Spain LXXV

So coming back at you at my beloved Spain , everything under the sun. Well it is sunny now with temps of 64F or about 18C, just fine , I have similar in my neck of the woods !!!

It is time tell you the latest and traditions of my Spain, this time with an emphasis on gastronomy and wines, what else, the country is loaded; I say the best component. And enough conversation topics to heal the troubles of my today’s Spain.

Do we say Pizzas? yes the cuisine of the world, and Spain is nothing to be left behind. My lovely Madrid has plenty, and will give you some good ones of my own.

Grosso Napoletano. The Neapolitan pizzas in this house are already spread over five sites in Madrid. In the menu, classic creations such as the Margherita or the piquant Diavola share protagonism with the Borghese (with truffle and speck) or the Cantabrian (with anchovies and sauce with San Marzano, cherry, olive oil and garlic).  My take was at Paseo de La Habana, 27, the original: more here: Grosso Napoletano Madrid

Luna Rossa , visited at Calle San Bernardo 24. Opened a quarter of a century ago, it has been in the hands of Ana Zucchini (daughter of the founder) for two decades. Its raison d’être is Neapolitan cuisine, especially pizzas made in a wood-fired oven (such as Arrabiata, with hot sobrasada and fennel seeds, or Tonno, with tuna, olives, basil and onions). The space, recently restored, preserves the rustic charm of yesteryear. More here: Luna Rossa MadridLuna Rossa Madrid

Of course, if you want your regular eat in take out delivery place then no one better in Madrid than TelePizza, doing it for years!!! Several locations all over the city, I have in my old neighborhood of Quintana (Ciudad Lineal): Telepizza Quintana Madrid

And why not alone,no way, we need to have a good beer with them and Madrid has plenty of this too. My favorites amongt many are

Cervecería Santa Bárbara .Although it has several branches in Madrid, the one that occupies us in these lines is the original (opened in the year 1815). It is a reference to the time of the appetizer: for its beautiful bar of marble rods fly  and the doubles, with cream instead of foam, of soft bitter taste and uniform. Do not leave without tasting the prawns of Huelva, the canned cockle and the anchovies in vinegar with french fries of Churrería . The original at Plaza de Santa Barbara 8:More here: Cerveceria Santa Barbara

La Ardosa. Although it started as a wine tavern where it was sold in the region of Toledo from which it takes the name, when Gregorio Monge (father of Angel, current owner) was made with the business transformed it into a brewery, a pioneer in outside brands such as Guinness or Pilsner. Now, this passion is preserved (European labels are always served in double glass) and is complemented by a good vermouth of Reus. To accompany, salmorejo, potato tortilla, salted and pickled. As a curiosity to add that in this address you will find the first tap of Guinness of Madrid . Calle  Colon 13.More here; La Ardosa Madrid

Bar Martín. Martín Jiménez is the third generation that directs this bar devoted to the appetizer first opened in 1940. Besides calluses, Banderillas and Russian steaks, to drink the rods triumph, pulled with a lot of grace from Madrid (not in vain, our host is Master marksman of Mahou, the beer that is very local ). At Avenida de Menendez Pelayo 17. No webpage but a reference in my favorite YELP: Yelp on Bar Martin Madrid

La Dolores. Inaugurated in 1908, this centennial house is one of the most traditional bars in Madrid. Easily recognizable by its beautiful tile façade, inside an army of duly uniformed waiters is struggling to serve the reeds, doubles and muds (earthenware jars) of beer served as ordered by the canons of Madrid: Up to half, blow to up and up. They always go with a snack of bucket, but if you want something more it has an incredible collection of canapés and rations to match (boquerones and anchovies) served with olives, piparra and french fries .At Plaza de Jesus 4. A wonderful bar and great area for walks before or after: no webpage but my favorite YELP here: Yelp on La Dolores Madrid

Cerveceria Cruz Blanca, Calle Doctor Esquerdo, 157  or Ave Menendez Pelayo, 47 both locations are great and my hangout in Madrid for the last few years. Great service, good food, prices to match and great cold beers, the terraces are superb! These are setup as franchises so are you up for it? try them you will love them. More here: Cerveceria Cruz Blanca Madrid

Then I take you to something typical of Galicia and Madrid, hard to tell I like them both even if grew up eating the Madrid style; talking about the stews or Cocidos. Here are some where to eat them well in both places. No carnival without stew. At least in Galicia. With just similarities with the Spaniard (coincide in being a mix of meat, vegetables and carbohydrate and to have the soup as an entrée), the Galician is a hearty recipe that is enjoyed in Galicia, but also in cities like Madrid. In Madrid, Casa Gallega, where it is served with cabbage (instead of grelos or Nabizas), and Sanxenxo.  Meanwhile, Sal Negra dispatches both Madrid and Galician stew styles

At Coruña or Puxigo (as Pontes), which incorporates Grelos de Villalba, and Cabana (Bergondo), classic overlooking the estuary that prefers cured and non-smoked pieces. Sarria is Roma, restaurant-hotel of the Fontal family with 44 years where they serve the stew or also only the horn. And the recipe includes that piece almost wild as a star: the head of the pig (Cacheira, or hat), tasty and cartilaginous that, if you like, derives in a real enjoyment and can be of Celtic pork (salted and cured before their cooking, they sell it in Carnicas and Teijeiro) or Galician pork without this marking. More on hotel restaurant Roma here: Hotel Restaurant Rome in Sarrià

Time for Carnivals in Orense province,Galicia and more celebrations!!

The carnivals (from March 1 to 6), many of the municipalities of the province of Orense have been celebrating one of the most festive and expected moments of the year for several days. The Entroidos, popular name for which in Galician lands are known the carnivals, of the oldest in Spain, are characterized by the presence of picturesque masked characters of ancestral origin, denominated in different way according to the locality ( cigars, barbers, screens…), which take over the streets forming part of lively and colorful parades and troupes. This tradition is a special claim for the towns of Laza, Manzaneda, Verín, Viana do Bolo and Ginzo de Limia,  which lasts up to five weeks in some cases. Putting Orense capital as a starting point, I propose a route to live three of these most popular carnivals in Galicia: Ginzo de Limia, Verín and Laza, to the south of the province, make up the “magic triangle” of the Entroidos.

Ginzo de Limia. The most durable, since it takes place over five weekends, in which charangas, parades and musical acts do not cease. The main protagonists are the screens, some characters in white suit, a peculiar mask and red cloak with colorful ribbons and bells chasing, cow bladder in hand, to those who are not disguised. Once reached, they take them in twinkling to a bar, where they will have to pay glass of white wine and gather in the Plaza Mayor and then start their characteristic dances and jumps through the streets of the town. See program here: https://www.paxinasgalegas.es/fiestas/entroido-2019-xinzo-de-limia-0686.html

Verín.  At 35 km, this town next to the Portuguese border, protected from the top by the castle of Monterrey ,a fortress of the 10C perfectly preserved. It starts its carnival on February 21 with the traditional Thursday of Compadres, a parade predominantly Male that runs through the streets of the village to the Plaza Mayor. Sunday 24 February by 11h is the day for the cigars, which flood the streets with their characteristic wooden masks, their colorful costumes, which hang the legendary clashes of cowbells and a crop called Zamarra, the rhythm of brass bands and the clink of their bells. On Saturday and Sunday March 2-3 are the big days of the carnival, in which the whole city turns over. Plaza de la Merced welcomes the baptism of the Cigarrón on Saturday,16h30, while at Av. de Castilla is the place for the Grand Parade ,Sunday at 12h, with the participation of cigars, floats and troupes that parody politicians and society in general. More info here: http://www.visitchavesverin.com/es

Laza. It is obligatory to move to the central Plaza de la Picota and to the adjoining bars of this town  60 km from Orense. Although it will officially begin on February 28th, with the thursday of Comadres, the carnival has already several weeks of celebration, with the four Fridays of Folión ,street party from 23h. The main protagonists of this celebration are the Peliqueiros, characters armed with their officer sheepskin coats, their clashes at the waist and their demonic animal masks that roam the streets imposing their law. These accompany the leaflets, groups of 30 to 40 people with different instruments, whose mission is to scare away evil spirits. This ancestral celebration continues until Tuesday of Carnival ,March 5, the farewell day with the Peliqueiros, the parade of floats, the will of the donkey and the Queima do Arangaño. More here: http://www.entroidodelaza.com/dias-de-entroido/

Orense. It is also worth the festivities that mainly fill the historic center of Orense, the city bathed by the Miño river. The celebrations in the capital start on Thursday of Comadres ,February 28, a night traditionally reserved for women. From there, there are five days of uninterrupted festivities in which everyone goes out into the street in disguise or with a mask. More information and program in  http://turismodeourense.gal/

Let’s talk about wine stores; sure we like to go to the source, but sometimes little time so what to do to grab the beauty of Spanish wines? Well heads for these wonderful wine stores of my trail.  You know the best known ones are all based in Madrid and Barcelona, where abound, and those reference addresses that are for offer and service. Asking in Madrid, there are many that I will recommend Lavinia, Santa Cecilia, Viuda de Cuenllas, or Mantequerías Bravo come to mind.  And there, in Barcelona, as many others as Celler de Gelida, Lafuente,  La Carta de Vinos, or Enoteca Divins. But the wine stores continues beyond these big cities and it is in those other wine stores in which today I will take you with my favorites over the years.

La Vinatería Yáñez ,calle Padre Sacramento 11. Zaragoza. They have since 1953 focused on the sale of wines apart from those dedicated to the diffusion of their culture. It gathers several thousand references among which the representation of foreign labels stands out. Good offer of malts, Armagnacs, brandies… Conditioned rooms for tastings and conferences, and good library of consultation. More here: La Vinateria Yanez Zaragoza

Vinoteca El Lagar, Calle San Lesmes 14 bajo. Burgos . A small space that houses labels of very different nationalities, since they have great relevance the foreign, especially those of French origin. It has a part destined to distillates and various gadgets useful for wine. More here: Vinoteca El Lagar Burgos

Vino Cutanda La Bolsa de los Licores, Avenida Ramón y Cajal 14, Albacete. Family business located in the center of the city, opened since 1982, and with more than 2,500 references; Wines from all the processing areas of the world as they gather a thousand foreign labels. They complete the wine offer, with spirits, accessories, gourmet foods, and various activities.   More here: Vinos Cutanda Albacete

Valentín Moreno e Hijos ,Calle Méjico 8, Guadalajara. Dedicated to wine since it opened in the mid-sixties, it responds to the name of its founder. Now the third generation owns it and among its more than 700 references there are wines from all over the world, although the protagonists have the patriotic, with special attention to the Manchegos. They include distillates and miscellaneous wine accessories.  More here: Valentin Moreno e Hijos Guadalajara

The Palacio de los Licores, Calle Correhuela 24, Salamanca. A neighbor of the Plaza Mayor of Salamanca, this large wine market brings together more than 1,500 selected wines, liquors that surpass the five hundred brands, specialized publications and accessories. More here: Palacio de los Licores Salamanca

Casa Claudio , Rúa San Andrés,  A Coruña. With two points of sale in the city, this was the first, inaugurated in 1889 and therefore emblematic store in terms of the sale of oenological and gastronomic products: wines (on 3,500 references), liquors, distillates, canned, sausages, spices, etc. They also schedule tastings.   More here: Casa Claudio A Coruna

La Licoreria De Cuenca,  Avenida de la cruz roja Española, S/N,warehouse and store open to the public where we purchased last in Spain, at Cuenca of course. This last address is off the A-40 ,Autovia de Castilla La Mancha. A place to visit. They have a store in city center at Calle Doctor Alonso Chirino, 9-Bajo ,where you can make your purchases as well. In it you can find a great variety of wines, liquors and delicatessen products. They have 21 years of experience. The webpage is here: http://www.lalicoreria.es/

Hope you enjoy the ride in my beloved Spain, the second most visited country in the world by UN WTO standards.

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

 

February 20, 2019

St Michael’s Church, Luxembourg!

And continuing with our wonderful quant Luxembourg and doing our usual walks in the city we come again to another often off the beaten path site in the city. We love to walk it.

The église St Michel or St Michael’s Church is another perfect example of nice historical, architecture to boot and on a nice quant section of the city.

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a bit on the history I like

In 987, Archbishop Egbert of Trier consecrated the St-Sauveur Church in the Old town. It is probably not the first high sanctuary in this place. The title of St-Michel appears in the 13C, probably after a reconstruction which still bears witness to the walled side portal and some windows in full hanger. It is one of the oldest places of worship in the city.

Most of the current late Gothic-style building dates from 1519. The Dominicans who served the parish from the 17C added two bays to connect the church to their convent. Many times destroyed and rebuilt, modified and enlarged, the Saint-Michael Church knows its present appearance only since 1688.

The portal to the arms of the kings of France refers to the restoration work carried out following the French bombardment of 1683/84. Outside, take time to observe the stone statue of the Archangel Saint Michael but also above the portal, the arms of the flower of lys in memory of the king of France Louis XIV. The latter having actively contributed to the restoration of the Church. In the 19C, the refectory of the former convent was transformed into a lateral nave.

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It is a very nice Church again in a very nice area of Luxembourg city, and me think worth a detour.

The interior is a museum of sacred art because of the richness and quality of its furniture gathered here after the revolution. From the original furnishings remains only the altarpiece of Our Lady of the Rosary c. 1717 with its deep niche in perspective and the Virgin of Pity offered in 1690. The painting depicting the Virgin of the Rosary dates from 1672. The master altar,comes from the Trinity. The painting of the assumption was painted an 1642. The 17C organ was at the Church of the Cordeliers (now gone) a remarkable monumental baroque wooden organ . The stained glass windows go back to the 1960’s.

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Inside, the intimate atmosphere of the Church is conducive to meditation. Because of its many changes, it brings together elements of various architecture, ranging from Romanesque to Gothic, to Baroque. Located at Rue Sigefroi not far from the Casements du Bock.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

City of Luxembourg on the Church

Tourist office of Luxembourg on the Church

You will enjoy the walks in this area and a nice visit to the St Michael’s Church is in order. Again our cinderalla country and city of Europe , Luxembourg will always bring nice souvenirs to us. Hope you enjoy it.

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

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February 20, 2019

Church of St Alphonse, Luxembourg!

So I am back to my cinderalla country of Europe. We have come here many times can’t count them , making the trip even for lunch from our beloved Versailles! And we have continue to stop by from Brittany. It is a small country but full of charm, history and good things to see. Some of them unique!

Of course, I am talking about  Luxembourg. The city by the same name is awesome we fell in love with it in 1990 and it has not stop; do not know why, don’t ask me why it is just that magical when we set in at the Place d’Armes. I like to tell you a bit more on some of the off the beaten paths of it such as the Church of St Alphonse!

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First of all, this is the Church that embraces the English speaking community there and Mass is held in English. It has a wonderful organ with great music concerts as well. It is located in a nice area at Rue Beaumont, corner with rue des Capucins, by the Place du Théatre. 

The Church of Saint-Alphonse is interesting from an external point of view. Inside, a great sobriety reigns… Nevertheless, the impressive height of the nave is worth the peek! Note in passing the monumental organ as well as the various sculptures at the bottom of the right aisle. Saint Alphonse is easily remarkable for its great size, its lacrosse and his gesture of blessing with his left hand. He is accompanied by several saints: Clément, Gérard, Neumann and Onders. The stained-glass windows adorning the collateral, embedded in trefoil arches, are distinguished by their vivid colour. Finally, coming out on your left, do not miss to admire the icon of the Madonna with the child of Byzantine inspiration.

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Luxembourg

The official webpage is here: Official Catholic Luxembourg on the Church

Official tourist office of Luxembourg on heritage

City of Luxembourg on heritage

It is a nice area to walk and we love to do that, wonderful architecture, quant shops and restos, and always something unique to see like this Church of Saint Alphonse and the English speaking community of Luxembourg. Hope you enjoy it

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

 

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February 20, 2019

Piazza di Spagna, Rome of course!

Well back to my Rome as could not do justice to it without writing of another of my favorite squares. If you want to know Rome and its most modern look then by no means come to the squares. I have written several posts on Rome as my favorite Italian city, but feel that I need to tell you a bit more on the Piazza di Spagna or Spain’s square of Rome!

The Piazza di Spagna is one of my favorite squares in Rome, located in the luxury shopping district with via Condotti, Via del Corso, via Borgognona, via Frattina and Via del Babuino all around it! This is a very nice area to do your walks and very chic we love it!

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A bit of history I like

In 1494 thanks to King Charles VIII of France, Saint Francis de Paul bought a vineyard at the top of the present 18C monumental staircase which dominates the Trinity square to build a monastery for the minimal brethren. Between 1502 and 1519 King Louis XII of France built a first part of the Church of the Trinity-of-the Mounts in Gothic architecture next to the monastery. It was completed in the 16C by a new Church. This Church/Monastery as well as the Church of Saint-Louis-des-Français nearby and as well the Villa Medici have since been administered by France. In 1620 Spain took possession of this square renamed Spain’s square (piazza di Spagna) to establish at No. 63 its embassy to the Holy See in a renaissance building. In 1629 the Barcaccia fountain was created at the request of Pope Urbain VIII. Between 1644 the Palace di Propaganda Fide was built south of the square. Since 1622 it has been the seat of the Congregation for the Evangelization of the peoples of the Roman Curia. At the beginning of the 18C there are many hotels and inns: The District is entirely dedicated to the accommodation of foreigners. And according to the parish registers of all the inhabitants of the holy city, the area of Piazza di Spagna can be considered one of the most cosmopolitan of Europe.

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Between 1723 and 1726 the French cardinal Pierre Guérin de Tencin ordered built by France La Scalinata , monumental staircase in marbre of late Baroque style of 138 marches on three levels which was inaugurated by the Pope Benedict XIII on the occasion of the Jubilee (Holy Year) of 1725.

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In 1789 the Obelisk of the trinity of the mounts of the Salluste Gardens is placed in front of the Church at the top of the staircase by decision of Pope Pius VI.

In 1854 Pope Pius IX erected the ancient column of the Immaculate Conception in front of the Spanish Embassy on Mignanelli square, which extended the Spain’s square (piazza di Spagna). Every 8th December, the statue of the Virgin is the subject of an annual Marian pilgrimage with the presence of the Pope.

In the 19C the British poet John Keats spent the last days of his life at No. 26 in the Casina Rossa where he disappeared in 1821 (to the right of the monumental staircase looking at the church). In the same house, the Swedish writer Axel Munthe, author of the Book of San Michele, opened his medical practice at the end of the 19C. The house is now a museum dedicated to its two famous inhabitants. In 1834 the Sovereign Military Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, Rhodes and Malta installed its international headquarters in a palace of 68 via Condotti with an extraterritorial status granted by the Italian state.

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The Rome tourist office tells you a bit more: Tourist office of Rome on Piazza di Spagna

In all as I have told you in previous posts, for us, the walks in the square ,the food ,shopping is what is grand about Rome, just to do something different than what is usual to see in Europe. You will love the walks around the Piazza di Spagna, just lovely. Enjoy it as we did

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

 

 

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February 17, 2019

The Monatery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial!

So I am back south to my beloved Spain again. What can I say , so many posts on this wonderful country that I can call mine, the land of my grandparents maternal and paternal. The No 2 most visited country in the world by WTO UN standards, and the beauty not even yet seen completely. Yes transports will take you to many ,but the car is king to bring you to the most beautiful places on earth. I like to tell you a bit about one wonder of our world; the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Been here since a child and never tired of coming back for more, its an absolut must to see!

The Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial is a complex that includes a royal palace, a basilica, a pantheon, a library, a school and a monastery. It is located in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, in the community of Madrid region, on the southern slope of Mount Abantos, at 1028 meters altitude, in the Sierra de Guadarrama and was built between 1563 and 1584.

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The palace was the residence of the Spanish Royal family, the basilica is the burial place of the kings of Spain and the monastery; founded by monks of the Order of St. Jerome is currently occupied by friars of the Order of Saint Augustine.   It was considered, since the late 16C, the eighth wonder of the world, both for its size and functional complexity and for its enormous symbolic value. Its architecture marked the passage of the Renaissance Plateresque to the unadorned Classicism. It’s paintings, sculptures, cantonal, parchments, liturgical ornaments and other luxury objects, sacred and audios make the Escorial also a museum.

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A bit of brief history I like

In 1557, there was the victory over the French at the Battle of San Quentin.(Aisne 02). In 1558 , the emperor Carlos V dies in Yuste, changing in his will his desire to be buried in Granada by the request to his son to create an ex Novo building for his tomb, in a place different from his parents and grandparents. In November of 1560, the current site is chosen, just 50 km from Madrid, in the vicinity of the source of Blasco Sancho, next to El Escorial — then a small village of the community of Villa and Tierra de Segovia, to build the Monastery complex.

This year, 1561,  was the key to the history of El Escorial; because the monarch moved the capital of Spain from Toledo to Madrid. He entrusted the monastery of El Escorial to the Jeronimos monks . Traditionally, the Hispanic monarchy had been closely linked to this religious order. In April 23rd 1563, the Feast of St. George (San Jorge), the first stone of the monastery was placed, on the foundations of the convent’s refectory, under the Prior’s chair, on the southern facade. In 1584, the statues of David and Solomon are placed on the cover of the basilica. By September 13th,1584 the works were officially finalized, despite the fact that the Royal Basilica was not completed. This culminated in 1586 after eleven years of construction.

In 1814, once surpassed the avatars of the war of the independence, which meant for the monastery the plundering and the secularization, the monks of the order Jerónimos return. With the reestablishment of the 1812 Constitution and the start of the Liberal three-fold, the monastery is again abandoned by the majority of the monks between 1820 and 1824. On December 1, 1837, the 150 Jeronimos monks depart after entering into force the laws of the disentailment of ecclesiastical property. Later, after a failed restoration attempt, a patronage of secular chaplains was created. In 1885, after two intervals in which the Escolapios parents occupied it (since 1869 the school, and between 1872 and 1875 the complete custody of the monastery) and again the secular chaplains, the king Alfonso XII makes delivery of the monastery to the Order of Saint Augustine. The Augustinians live in the monastery until today.

What was this huge complex in the middle of a mountain small town, behold beauty, architecture, history, and fairy tails to make story telling a habit of continuous family talks. Like mines!

The monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial was promoted by king Felipe II, among other reasons, to commemorate his victory in the Battle of San Quentin, on August 10th, 1557, the Feast of St. Lawrence (San Lorenzo). The building arises from the need to create a monastery that ensures the cult around a family pantheon of new creation, in order to comply with the last testament of Carlos V of 1558. The emperor wanted to bury himself with his wife Isabel of Portugal and with his new dynasty away from the usual burial places of the Trastámara. The final floor of the building, with only four towers in the corners and the royal palace making a handle, recalls the shape of a grill, so traditionally it has been claimed that this trace was chosen in honor of St. Lawrence, martyred in Rome on a grill , since on August 10th, 1557, the day of the saint’s festivity, the Battle of San Quentin took place. Hence the name of the whole and the locality created around it.

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In reality the architectural origin of its plant is very controversial. Leaving aside the merry chance of the grate, which did not appear until closed the main façade with the false façade of the library and eliminated six of the towers, the plant seems to be based rather on descriptions of Solomon’s Temple of the Bible And the Judeo-Roman historian Flavio Josephus. The theory most accepted today is that the similarity with the Temple of Jerusalem and the presence of the statues of David and Solomon on its facade sought to underline the real presence of God in the Eucharist, an idea denied by the Protestants and defended in the Council of Trento. Let us remember that for reform this presence is purely symbolic, because they deny that God is present in the consecrated hosts. It is also very possible that, at the end of the 16C, it was sought to endow a biblical background with the ideas of humanism about the recovery of pagan architecture and ideas about the modulation of Vitruvius, since the Temple of Jerusalem that was described by Flavio Josephus was built during the Roman domination of Judea . It should , also highlight its impressive style unit and have been made in the short term for then twenty-one years. The values of the project are the order, the hierarchy and the perfect relation between all the parts of the composition, integrating monarchy, religion, science and culture in the main axis: the main façade with the statue of Saint Lawrence, the Library, the Kings of Judah, the Basilica and the King’s private palace. The theatricality of this journey through this great central axis to finally show the Tabernacle with the Eucharist anticipates the arrival of the Baroque. A work of art like none other , I say!

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The main sections in which the Real (royal) site can be divided , and to keep them brief are:

King Felipe II gave to the library of the monastery the rich codices he possessed and for whose enrichment he commissioned the acquisition of the most exemplary libraries and works from Spain and abroad.

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The Palacio de Felipe II, also known as the Palace of the Austrias, occupies the entire handle of El Escorial grill and part of the north courtyard, built on two floors around the presbytery of the basilica and around the courtyard of figureheads. It follows the same architectural scheme of the palace of Carlos V in the monastery of Yuste. Currently you can only visit the Royal rooms and the battle room.

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In stark contrast to the austere monumentality of the palace of the Habsburgs, stands the Palace of the Bourbons. Built north of the basilica, around the courtyard of the palace, the complex of rooms has its origin in the time of king Felipe II, when in that area were installed the chambers of the infants , the gallery of battles, and kitchens and service areas.

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The Basilica, preceded by the courtyard of the Kings, is the true nucleus of the whole, around which the other dependencies are articulated.

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The Crypt by order of king Felipe III, the small funerary chapel from under the altar to house there twenty-six marble sepulchres where rest the remains of the kings and queens of the Houses of Austria and Bourbon, with only a few exceptions.

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The Reliquaries were done following one of the precepts approved by the Council of Trento concerning the veneration of the Saints, king Felipe II endowed the monastery with one of the largest collections of relics of the Catholic world. The collection consists of some 7500 relics, which are stored in 507 boxes or sculptural reliquary.

The Convent; the monastery itself occupies the entire south third of the building. It was originally occupied by Jeronimos monks in 1567, although since 1885 is inhabited by the Augustinian Fathers. The enclosure is organized around the great main cloister, the courtyard of the Evangelists, and is one of the best architectural pages of the monastery. Its two floors are connected by the spectacular main staircase, with the vaults decorated by frescoes. Next to the Chapter Halls( Capitulares), It also emphasizes the low cell priory in the old church or of Lent the martyrdom of Saint Lawrence of Titian is preserved, one of the masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, which king Felipe II commissioned for the main altarpiece of the basilica but which ruled out by its dark colorful, little visible at some distance.

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The main staircase; follows the typical Spanish tradition of imperial staircase with a main section divided in two to the sides from the first plateau, maintaining the axis of symmetry of the convent and combining the three floors of the courtyard of the Evangelists with the three of the Convent by means of discreet doors that allow the passage to the most collected and domestic area.

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Chapter rooms (Salas Capitulares), currently destined for paintings, were the halls where the monks celebrated their chapters, a kind of mutual confessions to maintain the purity of the congregation. Since the time of Velázquez, who intervened in its decoration, they housed important paintings.

Hall of Battles is a gallery of 60 x 6 meters, 8 meters high, located in the area of the Royal apartments. In its walls are depicted frescoed some battles won by the Spanish armies.

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Museum of Architecture; It was located in the basement of the building, vaults plant, and was created in the year 1963 as part of the exhibitions of the fourth centenary of the placement of the first stone.

Friars’ Garden or Jardines de los Frailes; were ordered built by king Felipe II, who was a lover of nature, constitute an ideal place for rest and meditation. To the southwest of the garden is the Convalescent gallery or corridor of the sun, a spacious, airy and light-filled space designed for the rest of the sick. It is supported by an architectural articulation little achieved in the Torre de la Botica, perhaps due to the need to guarantee the closure of the monks. Its sober facade to the west market contrasts with the most open to the gardens, where the Arquitrabada solution with arches on Ionic colonnades is unique in the monastery.

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It’s a work of art, indeed a wonder of our world, a must to see by all. Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

National Heritage of Spain on the El Escorial

Tourist office of Madrid on the El Escorial

Tourist office of San Lorenzo on the El Escorial

Again, you must come, the books, travel sites even my blog are not done duty to this wonder of our world. Never tired of riding out to see it when in Madrid. The Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, wow! In my beloved Spain of course!

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

 

February 17, 2019

Galleria Alberto Sordi, Rome of course!

So here I am back at Rome, ok this is a big city we criss cross it with buses, metro, and lots of walks, long distances to soak in and see up close as much as possible. I have been here several times on business trips, but lately came with the family on personal vacation and rented apartments in the city, our favorite was in Nomentano district.

You come here for the big monuments and historical pieces even thus Europe is loaded of them, and coming from regions that have plenty and the most visited places on Earth, when it was time for Rome we settle for the off the beaten paths, the vast spaces of its squares, the food and of course the shopping.

Oh yes shopping is big here too, and plenty of it. However, we did not see all the big names and visit every fashion store or hardly any. We went for the architecturally stunning, chic luxury, and grand coffee and reading music games places. These we found in Piazza Colonna and the Galleria Alberto Sordi of Rome!

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The history of the gallery dates back to 1872 and is linked to the project of enlargement of the Piazza Colonna during the installation of the Camera dei Deputati (congress of deputies) in the near Palazzo di Montecitorio. Its final project was approved only in 1911, and after a long work site, it was inaugurated in 1922 as Galleria Colonna.

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Closed and abandoned in the 1980-1990’s, its work to restore the original decoration of the gallery-according to documents kept from the city archives from the mosaic of the floor, to the canopy and to all the decorations and stuccoes of the walls and luminaires.
The Galleria Alberto Sordi was inaugurated in 2003 and now bears the name of the famous Roman actor who died in the same year. Today, open every day from 10 to 22 hours without interruption, the gallery houses many fashion boutiques, caffè, and the famous Feltrinelli bookstore.

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We came here looking for the bookstore and found the Massimo Dutti clothing store as well one of our favorites.  The Feltrinelli Libri e Musica is awesome and worth a detour me think.

Four floors dedicated to music, books, films, magazines and videogames for every taste, budget and occasion. A café where to have a coffee or an aperitivo before you plunge back into the new items on offer. An event space where every day there are meetings, presentations of books, films, records, current affairs debates and photographic exhibitions.

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The official Galleria Alberto Sordi

Yelp reviews on the Galleria Alberto Sordi

The coffee shop in the first floor (2nd US) is just worth the detour alone, and while gazing at a fine book, or gleaming of your new purchase CD’s DvD’s or games will bring a pleasant ambiance to have it sip it slowly and enjoy the wonderful architecture in grand style! Ciao Roma!

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

 

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February 16, 2019

Piazza del Popolo ,Rome of course!

Coming back at you about Rome, eternal Roma of all its history, architecture and beauty kept over milleniums. We went there after my several business trips to take the family and stayed in an apartment right in the city. From it we criss cross the region by bus and walks

One of the highlights of our trip was to be able to do much walking and visited all the major sights ,however the squares were it for us. The moment we step into one it was like wow! I like to tell you a bit about the Piazza del Popolo of Rome!

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Piazza del Popolo is a large monumental square, north of the historic center of Rome. Its name, in Italian, literally means place of the people, but it is historically derived from that of poplars trees, to which the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo   at the northeast corner of the square, owes its appellation of origin. The square is located inside the northern gate of the Aurelian Wall, the porta Flaminia of ancient Rome, now called Porta del Popolo. It was the starting point of the Via Flaminia, an important Roman road that led to Ariminum (now Rimini) and to the whole of northern Italy. Before the railway era, it was the point of arrival in Rome of any traveller coming from the north. For centuries, the vast square, visible to all, but situated a little away from urban life, was a place of public executions, the last time in 1826.

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The square or piazza as it stands today was conceived in the neoclassical style between 1811 and 1822 walls were drawn in two half-circles, recalling Bernini’s plan for St. Peter’s Square, replacing the original trapezoidal square, more narrow and centered on the Via Flaminia. Conceived its space in a third dimension, expressed by the construction of a ramp that leads to the hill and the gardens of the Pincio, which regulates the problem of difference between the square and the hill.

An Egyptian obelisk of Heliopolis, due to Seti I and erected later by Rameses II, is located in the center of the square. Three sides of the obelisk were carved under the reign of Seti I and the fourth side under Ramses II. The obelisk, known as the Flaminio Obelisk or Obelisk del Popolo, is the second oldest and one of the largest obelisks in Rome at about 24 meters high, or 36 meters, including the plinth. The obelisk was brought to Rome in 10 B.C. on the order of Augustus to adorn the spine of the Circus Maximus. It was rebuilt at its present location in the center of the square in 1589, as part of the urban plan wanted by Sixtus Quint.

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Looking south, three streets branch from the square to the city, forming a so-called Trident: The Via del Corso in the center; Via del Babuino on the left opened in 1525 under the name of Via Olina and Via di Ripetta opened by Léon X in 1518 under the name of Via Leonina on the right. The twin Churches of Santa Maria dei Miracoli c.1681 and Santa Maria in Montesanto c.1679, define the junctions of the streets. A careful examination of the twin Churches shows that they are not mere copies, as it would have been done in a neoclassical project, but that they are different in their details, offering a variety in their symmetrical equilibrium, quite in the Baroque style. The main street, the current Via Del Corso, is the old via Lata, which connects the old via Flaminia to the Capitol and the Forum. Via di Ripetta leads to the mausoleum of Augustus and the Tiber, whose baroque quays, called Porto di Ripetta, were visible until their destruction at the end of the 19C, during the canalization work of the river. Via del Babuino , which leads to Piazza di Spagna , takes its name from a grotesque sculpture of Siléne to which was given the popular name baboon.

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The Fontana del Nettuno stands on the west side: Neptune, with its Trident, is accompanied by two dolphins. The statue of Rome between the Tiber and the Aniene marks the terminal point of the aqueduct: the goddess Rome is armed with a spear and a helmet, preceded by the wolf breastfeeding Romulus and Remus. In the center of the square is the Fontana dell ‘ Obelisco: Four small fountains surround the base of the obelisk, each with a lion on steps. Nice

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Tourist office of Rome on piazza del Popolo

Yelp reviews on the Piazza del Popolo

This is a wonderful square and when walking and coming in it is awesome experience. As said, one of the highlights of the family in Rome was walking into the squares! Piazza del Popolo is wonderful indeed, in eternal Rome.

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

 

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February 16, 2019

Piazza Navona ,Roma of course!

And why not Rome, eternal Roma and its wonderful squares, we are all a bit Roman after all. We did a lot of walking there and spoken on it in previous blog posts but on some I like to bring out more deservently so.

One of this jewels is the Navone square or Piazza Navona in Rome! Let me bring you in on it ok

Piazza Navona is the largest tourist square in Rome. Located in the northern part of the field of Mars, near the Pantheon, it is built on the ruins of the Domitian Stadium of the 1st century, of which it retains the exact form. It is, with its monumental architectural decor (fountain of the Four rivers of Gian Lorenzo Bernini (called Bernini), Church of St Agnes in Agone by Francesco Borromini…), one of the most beautiful ensembles of Baroque architecture of Rome.

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The Piazza Navona is originally a stadium built by Emperor Domitian in 86AD. Domitian introduced a cycle of Greek games: running, fist, javelin throwing and discus-throwing. In the fifth century, the stadium is no more than ruins. Navona which evokes in Italian a “big nave”. The name of the Church of St. Agnes in Agone also perpetuates the memory of this etymology. The old monument finds life only in the Renaissance, when it becomes one of the most beautiful squares in Rome.

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The present square is adorned with three fountains. The center, known as the Fountain of the Four Rivers, a fountain done by Pope Innocent X and completed in 1651. The four rivers symbolize the four parts of the world: the Danube for Europe, the Nile for Africa, the Ganges for Asia and the Río de la Plata for America. In the center of the Fountain is the obelisk of Piazza Navona bearing in Egyptian hieroglyph the name of Domitian, which is surmounted by a dove, emblem of the family Pamphili ;a Roman noble family whose palace Pamphili is located in Piazza Navona and which gave several Popes including Innocent X, sponsor of the fountain. Two other fountains adorn this square: the Fountain of Neptune and the Fountain of the Moor, dating from 1574 and 1576 respectively. The basin of the Neptune Fountain, arranged at one end of the Navona square, received carved ornaments at the end of the 19C.

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The obelisk of Piazza Navona, or Obelisk of the fountain of the Four Rivers is an Egyptian obelisk, of Roman period. It was erected in Rome on three successive sites. The Egyptian origin of this medium-sized obelisk 16.5 meters is no doubt, since it is made of red granite of syene. But the hieroglyphic inscriptions it bears on each of its faces are in the name of Domitian. It is therefore an order of this emperor, perhaps on the occasion of his accession to power.

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Some webpages to help you plan your trip here as usual by me are

Tourist office of Rome on Piazza Navona

Yelp reviews on Piazza Navona

This is a dandy and I believe one of the best sights of Rome, the huge spaces and wonderful architecture in addition to the history is great and it looks all new! Piazza Navona in Rome be there and be seen by the world!!!

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

 

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February 14, 2019

Some news from Spain LXXIIII

Ok so need to get back to my beloved Spain, it has been a while on news of my Spain. Weather-wise we are in heaven here at 53F same as Madrid and sunny; this is about 11C.

There is lots of things always going on in Spain ,everything under the sun. However, I will pick some with historical values and great off the beaten paths ways to discovered the beautiful country.

This is a wonderful trip by car . Perched on the Sierra de Ayllón, these Segovian villages of black architecture, by the abundance of slate, and red, by the use of clay, trace a perfect route for a weekend in nature, mountain flavors and absolute disconnection. Everything, an hour from Madrid.

The medieval village of Riaza is one of the most beautiful villages in Segovia province. Its arcaded square which also exerts the bullring, its ancestral houses with emblazoned facades and the Church of Nuestra Senora del Manto (Our Lady of the mantle) are the main traveler’s claim. The construction of the houses has given Villacorta that characteristic reddish color. In addition to the Church of Our Lady of the Mantle, we can visit the hermitages of San Roque and the Eternal Father, whose pilgrimage, which is celebrated the Sunday following Pentecost, constitutes one of the most popular festivities in the region. Of blacks, the blackest, this is the Muyo, a hamlet where time seems to have stopped. The most characteristic is that the walls and roofs of all their houses are built with black slate. Also the pavement of the streets. The only touch of color is provided by his church, with red tiles. Becerril, we now come to a town that has built its brownstone houses with slate roofs. Its most emblematic building is the Romanesque Iglesia Nuestra Señora de la Asunción or Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, renovated in the 16C. In the visit you cannot miss a walk through its magnificent Acebeda where there are also yew, rowans and Ash. At Martin Munoz de Ayllon; its slate quarries served to make the roofs of the Palacio de La Granja and for the floor of the Cathedral of Segovia. Also to cover their roofs that contrast with the reddish of the land of the place and the gilding of quartzite. Thus colorful is this small and picturesque village located in the foothills of the Sierra de Ayllón whose parish church, San Martín de Tours, is the most outstanding building. At Ayllon proper, this villa hides important jewels in its medieval lattice. From the Contreras Palace to the lively Plaza Mayor arcaded, passing through the Church of San Miguel or the Convent of San Francisco. Everything can be discovered through dramatised visits. A wonderful ride by car is a must to see deep Castilla y Léon autonomous region!

And fantasy in Spain can be real, as said everything under the sun. Well there is more! see Astroland, the newly created Spanish interplanetary agency, has chosen a cave in Cantabria to develop the technology needed to inhabit the red planet. It is a cave of Arredondo with similarities to the Martian environment: low temperatures, strong winds and high stellar radiation that make it very hostile. If the forecasts are fulfilled, this innovative project will begin with a mission of ten expedition members on June 15th 2019. And all of this, of course, with a view to making the arrival of manned missions to Mars a reality, a feat that, at least, is expected for the year 2030. Of course, each of the ten crew members will have to demonstrate a number of skills to know the role assigned to them: leadership, expeditionary, biologist, psychologist… And they will receive a previous training program of about 90 days, which includes knowledge of coaching and leadership, climbing and caving, skill in emergency plans or hydroponic crops. These are the methodologies that space agencies follow to train their astronauts. At the moment, emulating this experience in Cantabria is a possible proposal at a reasonable price of about 10,000 euros. For those who want to sign up, the registration process is already open through the Astroland website.: www.astrolandagency.com

February is the month of lovers, of the Saint Valentine and it is no coincidence that it is also the time when Teruel, the true city of Spanish love, revive its most beautiful story ever told, occurred eight centuries ago. A romantic getaway to the walled Aragonese village is worthwhile to admire one of the most important and best preserved mudejar constructions in the world, but also to participate in the weddings of Isabel de Segura, the celebration that commemorates the annual legendary tragedy of lovers of Teruel. This goes back to 1217, when Diego de Marcilla, after five years in the war, returns to marry his beloved, Isabel de Segura, not knowing that this, pressured by her father, has not waited as promised and committed to another. Diego dies of grief, like Isabel, after learning the news.

For four days (from Thursday February 14th to Sunday February 17th ), the city immerses its inhabitants and visitors in the 13C: In the streets the medieval atmosphere is recreated, the locals are dressed in the period, the camps and artisan markets are held, dances are celebrated , tournaments, parades… and concerts, exhibitions, entertainment and many activities are held for all ages. But the real tourist attraction is that, in addition, some 400 actors recreate the drama of the lovers with many theatrical performances. The majority takes place in the Plaza de la Catedral, where the temple of Santa Maria de Mediavilla was erected, of Mudejar construction, with the tower, the dome and the roof as more important elements, and in the Plaza del Torico, surrounded by modernist buildings On whose porches there are shops, bars and restaurants with terrace. More info here:   http://www.bodasdeisabel.com/W3/Bodas/Index_Bodas.aspx

Those interested in learning more about this tragic love story cannot fail to visit the Mausoleum of Lovers, where rest their remains under magnificent sculptures with the hands clasped by Juan de Avalos. The Pantheon, attached to the Church of San Pedro (14C, its belfry, the Torre de San Pedro, is the oldest example of Mudejar), has different exhibition halls that seek to bring to the visitor everything related to these characters, from the social, political and cultural characteristics that surrounded the events in the Teruel of the beginning of the 13C until the influence of the lovers in the world of the Arts (literature, theatre, music, painting, sculpture…) Throughout the history and how It carried out the finding of the mummies (it was in 1555 in the subsoil of one of the side chapels of the mentioned Church of San Pedro), as well as its location for years: The Mudejar cloister of San Pedro, next to the temple of the same name, built in the second half of the 14C, Gothic-Mudejar style (entrance to the mausoleum: 4 euros; Mudejar and mausoleum: 8 euros). More info here: http://www.amantesdeteruel.es/

Literature lovers have another original option to learn more about this medieval story, thanks to the initiative Leer Aragón (read Aragon by the regional government), which proposes 11 literary routes (one or two days and with the option of including meals and accommodation) to know first hand of Aragonese writers and visit with them the scenarios that inspired some of their novels, set in Aragon. The tour will include a walk along the Calle Amantes (lovers), which goes from the Plaza del Torico to the Plaza de Pérez Prado, where stands the tower of San Martín (Mudejar style of 1316), and where they spent their childhood Diego and Isabel, as it is near the house where she grew up, next to the city/town wall. You will also visit the Plaza del Mercado (place of furtive encounters of the lovers), the Monasterio de los Hospitalarios ,and the corner in which begins the slope that leads to the Church of San Pedro, where this love drama ends. More info here: https://www.leeraragon.es/

And yes Paris and Madrid has a lot in common going back way back; intellectually too.

Paris, at the end of World War II, became the largest artists ‘ refuge town in the world. Painters, sculptors and writers of half the world (also Spaniards) settled there willing to soak up the bohemian atmosphere, the artistic independence and the freedom that many denied them in their countries. In Paris, Kandinsky became master of abstraction, Picasso turned to the conventions of painting, Chillida met his friend Pablo Palazuelo… All are protagonists of the show Paris despite everything. Foreign artists, 1944-1968, with whom the Reina Sofía Museum reveals the importance of foreign creators in that city during the postwar period. It is a sample that gathers works of more than 100 artists, among which are, in addition to those mentioned, Herrera, Kelly, Tinguely, Tamayo, Asger Jorn, Arroyo or Alfred Manessier.  More at the Reina Sofia museum webpage:   https://www.museoreinasofia.es/en/exhibitions/paris-without-regret

There enjoy my Spain, and remember ,happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

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February 10, 2019

The other Churches of Trier, Germany!

On a nice sunny Sunday past and with a bit of the flu; I like to come back to my favorite city in Germany, Trier. Maybe for sentimental reasons it was my first in 1991 and had visited often even staying in home just south of it. Of course, I have written several posts on it in my blog.

However, would like to be more precise on some of the sights to see there,and one of them is a plethora of small historical Churches ,Abbeys etc many no longer in the religious status that are just wonderful for my historical and architectural mindset. I like to tell you a bit more on some of the Other Churches of Trier. Germany of course.

Abbey Church Saint-Maximin is a Benedictine abbey founded in Trier in now Rhineland-Palatinate around the 4C. It was at the origin of a monastic reform which was diffused in the Holy Roman Empire. In 934, the abbey, which had hitherto been the Duke of Lorraine Gilbert as a lay abbot, was reformed under the impetus of the latter as King Henry I of Germania. As for Henri I, his intervention in the quarrel, while ending the struggles between Lotharingiennes factions, allowed him to demonstrate the legitimacy of his Royal powers In 1674 the abbey was completely destroyed by French troops. It was rebuilt between 1680 and 1684 but, unusually for the period, still in a Gothic form.

The abbey was secularised in 1802. The monastic buildings were put to various secular uses such as barracks, prison, school, and were totally destroyed in  WWI except for the freestanding gateway. A school stands on the site now. The Church of St. Maximin survived the war, but was de-consecrated, and between 1979 and 1995 converted to secular uses. In 1995 it opened as a concert hall, now well known for its exceptional acoustics.

Tourist office of Trier on the Church St Maximin

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The Monastery of St. Irminen is a former monastery in Trier named after Saint Irmina. It was located on what is now Irminenfreihof. In 1802, the monastery was dissolved in the course of secularization. In 1804, after a two-year vacancy, the decision was made to convert the former monastery into a hospital. From 1811, the walls were given to the United Hospitals after the opening of the first convent of the Borromems in Trier. Under Napoleon’s leadership, the buildings were given a new purpose, some hospitals and retirement homes, which persist to this day. At that time, the orphanage of the monastery of St. Afra was moved here. In 1868, the first own chapel ,that of St Catherine was built in the complex. In a bombing raid in December 1944, the monastery was almost completely destroyed, but was rebuilt from 1945. In his role as a hospital and as part of the United Hospitals, it is still used today.Since 1960, the building has mainly been an old people’s and nursing home.

Tourist office of Trier on Mon of St Irminen

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The Abbey Saint-Martin is an ancient abbey, probably founded in the 6C, in Trier. It could come from a church built by Martin de Tours in the 4C. At the latest in the 10C, the abbey was occupied by monks of the Order of St. Benedict, it became one of the largest abbeys of the city and was dissolved in 1802 during the Napoleonic domination.   The west wing of the Abbey building and a new modern building are now used as one of the six student residences in Trier.

According to tradition, Martin de Tours came several times to Trier, the first time in 371 shortly after his episcopal ordination. He would have treated the servant possessed by the devil of the Proconsul of Trier Tetradius, after which Tetradius converted to the Christian faith and in 385, he gave his house to the gates of the city, so that Martin could establish a church in honour of the Holy Cross. On the site of the Moselle river , which was to remain outside the walls of the city for centuries, Martin himself would have founded a chapel where Christian burials also took place.

During the barbaric invasions of the 5C, this Church dedicated to the Holy Cross was devastated. Around 587, Bishop Magnéric of Trier built a Church of Martyrs, which later became the abbey. At the time of the French revolution, Trier was occupied from 1794 by the French revolutionary troops. From 1797 to 1801, the left bank of the Rhine river was part of the French Republic. In 1802, the prefect of the Saarland department, decreed the dissolution of the abbey and confiscation of all property. The six monks are expelled. In 1804 the monastery, the church and buildings, such as the dormitory, are put up for sale at auction. In what remains of the western wing, there was a porcelain manufactory, with the furnace in the crypt. In 1813, the manufacture was abandoned and, after the return of Trier to Prussia in 1815, reopened in 1816, and then closed in 1824. Today only the West wing of the Abbey building in the style of the late Renaissance is preserved.

In 1972, the west wing of the 17C, the Abbey building was fully refurbished after a long period of vacation and turned into a student residence with a new building erected in the same year. The new building is horseshoe-shaped facing the old right building, so that between the buildings there is an inner courtyard that houses a beech tree.

No webpage as it is part of the university complex  so here is a bit on it in English: Student resident Martin Trier

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The present building of the Diocesan Theological Seminary is located in a large courtyard at the former Jesuit College, between Brotstrasse and Neustrasse. It is a Holy Trinity Church or, simply Jesuit Church, as it is generally known in Trier. The church was initially constructed as the monastery church of the Franciscan order and was used by them from 1228 to 1570. In the following years, however, it was the collegiate church of the Jesuits until 1750. he beginning of the 18C, the Jesuits expanded the choir by adding the side choirs, dedicated to St. Francis Xavier and St. Ignatius Loyala, the two founders of the Society of Jesus. The order was suppressed in 1773; the interior of the church has undergone a complete restoration .

Tourist office of Trier on the Jesuit Church

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There you go some interesting things to see while walking Trier, the best to see and enjoy the wonders we can find in our travels. We love it to walk the cities and do so extensively (once we land or arrive by car of course). Trier has so much to offer been the oldest city in Germany and a huge university town as well so whether is daytime beauties or the night times ones you are set to go here!

The tourist office is here: Tourist office of Trier on things to see

Enjoy Trier, Germany and remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

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