Cathedral of Toledo, Spain (2017) exterior

It had been 13 years since my last visit to Toledo, Spain. Far too long. Of course, I had to see the Cathedral, which has had some sprucing up since my last visit. It’s hard to capture this structure’s exterior in a single photo. Here is one attempt:

DSC_2923And that’s really only a small part. There’s a massive tower:

DSC_2944But as you can see, the closeness of the other buildings makes it a challenge to get a fair perspective.

DSC_2924In my next post, I’ll show some of the interior, which is equally impressive and ornate. Check back soon!

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Published in: on December 27, 2017 at 1:42 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Cristo de la Luz, Toledo, Spain

Not the largest religious building in Toledo Spain, the Church of Cristo de la Luz, was originally built in the year 999. That’s right, more than a 1,000 years ago.

DSC_2975The facade features the interesting “moorish” architecture.

DSC_2986Inside, you’ll find the remains of some frescos:

DSC_2978And more:

DSC_2977This building is definitely worth a stop while in Toledo as it shows the continuity from one culture to another as it evolved in this area. Do a little homework before you go and you’ll discover the details more easily.

Segovia Cathedral, some details

As mentioned in the previous post, here are some details from Segovia’s Cathedral. There are a number of ceremonial objects on display, including these vestments:

DSC_2878There there are statues from various periods:

DSC_2881Which show the change in style, technique, and taste in how they’ve evolved:

DSC_2880You’ll also find some equipment from the period when the cathedral was built:

DSC_2892Thus, the cathedral is a sort of living history museum while at the same time a functioning religious site. There are literally hundreds of things to see and experience here, so take your time.

El Capricho Gaudí

Anton Gaudí designed exotic structures no doubt about it. I had the good fortune to visit the Capricho in Comillas, Spain recently. It was built as a country house for an industry magnate. Here’s a look at the main entrance.

IMG_0133As you can see, this is not exactly a mansion, but a building with many interesting attributes, such as a solar orientation to warm the house and support an integrated greenhouse seen in the next photo.

DSC_2628Note those amazing hardwood floors in the photo above. Below, another photo shows the side of the house.

DSC_2619Gaudí integrated the wrought iron benches into the railings on the porches as seen in the next photo:

DSC_2626The sunflower detail was carried through the entire building, including with exterior tiles:

DSC_2638Gaudí was a master, and his structures prove it. If you have the opportunity, visit them. One more look at the tower.

DSC_2637More Spain posts to follow. Stay tuned.

 

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