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.

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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.

Astorga Cathedral, Spain

The square towers of Astorga’s Cathedral stand tall over the town as well as the nearby Episcopal Palace designed by Gaudí.

DSC_2819.JPGNote the different colors due to the fact that the towers were built at different times. Inside, you’ll find some incredible artwork such as the tableau shown in the next photo.

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This is not the largest Cathedral in Spain, but, like all of them, it has it’s own story and grace.

DSC_2809I can look at these places again and again, appreciating the work it took to build them. Take your time, find a quiet spot, and just listen to the stones.

DSC_2802Enjoy every visit!

Episcopal Palace, Gaudí, Astorga

Also in Astorga, Spain, the Episcopal Palace designed by Gaudí, welcomes visitors. This is a fascinating building that exhibits some of Gaudí’s trademarks yet in a more subtle way.

DSC_2792To the left, in back, you can see the square towers of the Astorga Cathedral. Going inside the Episcopal Palace you’ll find an array of magnificent stained glass windows such as these:

DSC_2785To put them in context, consider these windows in rooms such as this.

DSC_2775There is all the majesty of a cathedral, albeit on that smaller scale. Here’s another room, complete with altar.

DSC_2781And how about this for an office or meeting room:

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Creative minds give us spectacular things. No doubt about it.