15 Nov Up and down around Spain
by Armando Moreschi from Italy
Our trip started in Spain in Santiago and other places and continued in Portugal as you could see in the Hoboh Blog “Beautiful Portugal“, we then returned to Spain in Seville.
As I was telling you we were a group of friends and we were traveling with a van car.
Arriving in Santiago de Compostela after staying at the hotel we visited the city.
I did not photograph some monuments because there were work in progress.
Strolling around Santiago we hit the beauty of the “Parque da Alameda”, a beautiful garden with fountains and ponds with lots of animals.
The origin of the park goes back to the donation of the grounds to the city by the Counts of Altamira around the middle of the 16th century.
As time has gone by the “Alameda Park” and its annexed gardens have been enriched with a singular ornamental flora, with a total of ninety species with more than a thousand and five hundred trees and shrubs, some of which outstanding thanks to their age or size or their involvement in popular traditions.
Spain, Santiago de Compostela Parque da Alameda by Armando Moreschi
Santiago de Compostela, Parque da Alameda
Continuing our tour I preferred photographing monuments without scaffolding for restorations.
One of these was the “Monasterio de San Paio de Antealtares” of which we see the facade.
It was founded in the 11th century by Alfonso II with twelve Benedictine monks in order to look after and render worship to the recently discovered tomb of the Apostle James. The present-day construction belongs almost entirely to the 17th and 18th centuries, since the original one was demolished.
Spain, Santiago de Compostela Mosteiro de San Paio de Antealtares by Armando Moreschi
Santiago de Compostela, Monasterio de San Paio de Antealtares
Plaza de Cervantes is one of the numerous squares in Santiago’s old quarter and is characterized by a central stone fountain; is located near the Cathedral and is the point of communication between the lower and upper part of the old town. There are also Calle del Preguntoiro and Azabachería, and this is an area that I enjoy very much, thanks to the presence of numerous venues to sample the famous Spanish snaks (tapas) and to attend various concerts during the summer. The name of the square comes from the famous writer Miguel de Cervantes, whose bust is present in the fountain.
At one end of the square you will also find the Church of San Bieito and every Saturday morning there is an antiquity market.
Spain, Santiago de Compostela, Cervantes plaza and fountain by Armando Moreschi
Santiago de Compostela, Cervantes plaza and fountain
The name Finisterre derives from the Latin expression Finis terrae, that is, “the border of the earth”, as the cape Fisterra is one of the extreme western points of peninsular Spain.
The municipality is located along the Death Coast, named after the numerous shipwrecks that occurred in those waters both in past and recent times.
It is often visited by pilgrims who make the Pilgrimage of Santiago de Compostela and decide to extend the pilgrimage for about another hundred kilometers to the lighthouse.
Tradition wants pilgrims here to bathe in the ocean in purification, burn a garment worn on the way, and finally collect one of the shells on the beach
(a symbol that marks the way from Roncisvalle) to the test of the pilgrimage. In that stretch of coast there have been several drownings due to the lack of information about the danger of water, which form dangerous windmills by dragging the bathers off.
At the lighthouse there is the cippus with the “Kilometer zero” of the “Santiago’s Way”, very symbolic and highly photographed by tourists and pilgrims, as well as the cross on the sea where it is customary to leave a stone as a reminder of the passage.
Spain, Finisterre lighthouse by Armando Moreschi
Along the way to Muxia in the rural Dumbría by the car we saw very unusual structures.
In this area are concentrated the largest number of Horreos of Galicia, stone or granite structures, containing grain, corn and cereals to keep them from moisture and mice attack.
The walls of the “hórreo” are characterized by slots to facilitate ventilation of the environment.
On the roof is placed a cross that according to the popular belief would with the help of God protected the maintenance of the crop.
Spain, Dumbría, hórreo for corn by Armando Moreschi
Dumbría, hórreo for corn
Near the village of Muxía there is the sanctuary of the “Virxe da Barca” or “Nossa Señora da Barca”: the church stands in front of a famous place of megalithic cult, centered on the Pedra de Abalar (“the rock”). that the pilgrims swing in search of his balance point.
On December 25, 2013, the sanctuary was devastated by lightning caused by lightning, covering completely destroyed and rebuilt with works completed in the spring of 2015.
Spain, Muxía, Nossa Senhora da Barca by Armando Moreschi
Muxía, Nossa Senhora da Barca
The Hércules Tower is a Roman origin lighthouse on the peninsula of A Coruña, in Galicia.
Since 2009, it has been included among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is considered to be the oldest working lighthouse in the world.
The tower was built to fulfill the function of lighthouse for navigation in the 2nd century AD. during the mandate of the Emperor Trajan. Its construction according to the inscription at the foot of the tower is attributed to the architect Caio Servio Lupo, of Portuguese origin.
It is very scenic as a location and is located in a landscaped area with a fantastic beach and sea.
A Coruña, the Town Hall at Plaza de María Pita
From the city of “A Coruña” our journey continued through some places in Portugal that you could admire in the Hoboh Blog “Wonderful Portugal”.
At the end of the tour we arrived in Seville and now I will show you the places I liked most.
The Adriatica building was built in the early twentieth century for the well-known insurance company.
The style is neo-mudejar and has a very interesting decoration with its bows. The part that struck me most is however the round “mirador” built to complete the building in the narrow corner between the two streets where the building is located. A remarkable example of modern architecture.
Seville, Adriática building
The Alcázar of Seville is a royal palace, originally Moorish fort,
which has been expanded many times.
It is one of the oldest palaces in the world still in use today by the King.
The palace is surrounded by lush gardens adorned with beautiful fountains and statues.
It was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
Spain, Seville, Adriática building by Armando Moreschi
Seville, Real Alcázar gardens
The Plaza de España of Seville is one of the most spectacular architectural spaces in the city and neo-Moorish architecture.
The square is located inside the María Luisa Park, its entrance is very close to the Cid Campeador roundabout, right in front of the ancient Royal Tobacco Factory. The entrance to the square is free, but to prevent vandalism during the night is closed.
The square is semi-circular, and represents the embrace of Spain and its ancient colonies; looks towards the Guadalquivir River and symbolizes the road to America. The square is decorated in exposed brick, marble and ceramic, giving a renaissance and baroque touch to its towers. It was the most expensive work of the exhibit that took place in 1929. The only foreign element to the original project is the central fountain
Spain, Seville, Real Alcázar gardens by Armando Moreschi
Seville, Plaza de España
The Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla, better known as “La Maestranza”, is a plaza de toros located in Seville. It is the oldest in Spain and is the place where the Feria de Abril, one of the most famous bullfighting festivals in the world, takes place every year. It is also the destination of many tourists, being considered one of the most enjoyable attractions. It may contain a total of 12,000 spectators.