Spain http://www.exploguide.com/not_used/216/all Spain en Uclès monastery, Castilla - La Mancha http://www.exploguide.com/site/ucles-monastery-castilla-la-mancha <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-location"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-site-country"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spain </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-eg-location field-field-site-location"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="eg_location"> <div class="latitude"> <label>Latitude</label> <div class="content">39.980310</div> </div> <div class="longitude"> <label>Longitude</label> <div class="content">-2.863269</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-visit-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Between Madrid and Cuenca stand the " Escorial de la Mancha" mountains. There, you can visit an interesting monastery...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-flexifield field-field-flexi-hd"> <div class="field-label">My experience, Explo description:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-hd-main-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This fortified monastery has a shape that reminds the Escorial mountains. It was chosen in 1174 to house the headquarters of the Saint-Jacques order.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-hd-highlights"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The monastery is located in the vast Uclés fortress (12th century)&nbsp;: it is a 1km2 building, surrounded by walls, bastions and towers.</p> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <p>The new building (Renaissance style) was built in the 16th century. However, the southern front is baroque style. The conception of the building is the work of Pedro de Ribera&nbsp;: it has 2 large doors, decorated with shells carved on Saint-Jacques crosses. The front is decorated with armours, flags and a apostle bust.</p> <p>The lobby provides access to a double cloister court. It hosts a water tank made of stone with baroque decoration and a blazon with the arms of the Saint-Jacques order.</p> <p>The refectory has a wonderful pine wood ceiling decorated with 36 boxes representing the Knights of the order, chaired by Emperor Charles V.</p> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The vestry has 2 large windows decorated with sculptures.</p> <p>The church, built by Francisco de Mora, consists of a nave with transepts and several chapels on its sides (16th century), bound together by small doors.</p> <p>It is worth mentioning the grand altarpiece of Francisco Ricci.</p> <p>The magnificent main staircase elegantly connects the Court on the second floor.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-flexifield field-field-flexi-information"> <div class="field-label">Useful information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-information-open-hours"> <div class="field-label">Open hours:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>From 1st October to 31st May, from Monday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 pm.<br /> From 1st June to 30th September, from Monday to Sunday, from 10 am to 8 pm<br /> Closed&nbsp;: on 1st and 6th January, and 25th December.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-information-duration"> <div class="field-label">Visit duration:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>1 hour.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-information-fees"> <div class="field-label">Entry fees:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>General admission&nbsp;: 3 €<br /> Reduced price&nbsp;: 2 € (groups, minimum 20 persons)..</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-information-contact"> <div class="field-label">Contact:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href='http://www.monasteriodeucles.com'>www.monasteriodeucles.com</a><br /> Contact address&nbsp;:<br /> Calle Castillo, s/n 16450 Ucles (Cuenca)<br /> + 34 969135058 Phone / fax + 34 969135052</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-communities"><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-noderef-communities"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/community/abbeys-monasteries-and-cloisters">Abbeys, Monasteries and Cloisters</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-noderef-civilizations"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/community/baroque-17th-18th">Baroque (17th - 18th)</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/community/spanish-caliphates-and-reconquista">Spanish Caliphates and Reconquista</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-images"><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-images-illustrations"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_images_illustrations" width="960" height="467" title="Uclès monastery, Castilla - La Mancha" alt="Explo-guide - Alternative travel database" src="http://www.exploguide.com/sites/default/files/upload/images/illustrations/ucles-monasterio.jpg?1256331378" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-images-maps"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_images_maps" width="672" height="768" title="Uclès monastery, Castilla - La Mancha" alt="Explo-guide - Alternative travel database" src="http://www.exploguide.com/sites/default/files/upload/images/maps/ucles-monastery-credits-wwwmonasteriodeuclescom.jpg?1256331378" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.exploguide.com/site/ucles-monastery-castilla-la-mancha#comments Religious Buildings Spain Baroque (17th - 18th) Spanish Caliphates and Reconquista Abbeys, Monasteries and Cloisters Spain Fri, 23 Oct 2009 20:56:18 +0000 fritz 687 at http://www.exploguide.com Los Organos de Montoro, Maestrazgo, Aragon http://www.exploguide.com/site/los-organos-de-montoro-maestrazgo-aragon <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-location"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-site-country"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spain </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-eg-location field-field-site-location"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="eg_location"> <div class="latitude"> <label>Latitude</label> <div class="content">40.681679</div> </div> <div class="longitude"> <label>Longitude</label> <div class="content">-0.554810</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-visit-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Magnificent and wild region between Teruel and Alcaniz. The Maestrazgo is very little populated, except by eagles and vultures!</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-flexifield field-field-flexi-hd"> <div class="field-label">My experience, Explo description:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-hd-main-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In the 11th century, this fierce region lived the confrontation between the Moors and the Christians. It is where Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, alias "Le Cid" committed his exploits.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-hd-highlights"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The "Montoro Organos" are quite spectacular limestone mountains. They have huge vertical cliffs, shaping the mountains like waves. Their name comes from their resemblance to organ pipes.</p> <p>It is a paradise for climbers and all outdoor (kayaking, hiking) activities.</p> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <p>For hikers, follow the Villaluengo GR8 to Pitarque (3 km), then use the 9 PR - TE which leads to the village of Mezquita Montoro (beautiful rock formation of Montoro Organos).</p> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>From Pitarque, you can also go to the amazing spring of the Pitarque River.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tip-sleep"> <div class="field-label">A tip to sleep:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Hostel De La Trucha<br /> Las Fabricas S/N<br /> E-44559 Villarluengo Parajet<br /> Phone&nbsp;: + 34 978 773 008</p> <p>Plan&nbsp;:</p> <p><iframe width="425" height="350" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="http://maps.google.fr/maps/ms?hl=fr&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;msa=0&amp;msid=101596928723306697797.0004769cfcafd3175d452&amp;ll=40.662541,-0.557899&amp;spn=0.045575,0.072956&amp;t=p&amp;z=13&amp;output=embed"></iframe>Afficher <a href="http://maps.google.fr/maps/ms?hl=fr&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;msa=0&amp;msid=101596928723306697797.0004769cfcafd3175d452&amp;ll=40.662541,-0.557899&amp;spn=0.045575,0.072956&amp;t=p&amp;z=13&amp;source=embed">organos de montoro</a> sur une carte plus grande</p> <p>Photos credits&nbsp;:</p> <p><a href='http://www.spain.info/'>http://www.spain.info/</a><br /> <a href='http://www.activehotels.com/1/fr1/1141741-hostal-de-la-trucha.html#description'>http://www.activehotels.com/1/fr1/1...</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-communities"><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-noderef-communities"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/community/walking-tours">Walking tours</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-images"><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-images-illustrations"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_images_illustrations" width="166" height="245" title="Los Organos de Montoro, Maestrazgo, Aragon" alt="Explo-guide - Alternative travel database" src="http://www.exploguide.com/sites/default/files/upload/images/illustrations/credits-httpwwwspaininfo.jpg?1256323361" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_images_illustrations" width="300" height="195" title="Los Organos de Montoro, Maestrazgo, Aragon" alt="Explo-guide - Alternative travel database" src="http://www.exploguide.com/sites/default/files/upload/images/illustrations/creditshostal-de-la-trucha-villarluengo.jpg?1256323361" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.exploguide.com/site/los-organos-de-montoro-maestrazgo-aragon#comments Geology & Caves Spain Walking tours Spain Fri, 23 Oct 2009 18:42:41 +0000 fritz 686 at http://www.exploguide.com Collegiate Church of San Bartolomé, Belmonte http://www.exploguide.com/site/collegiate-church-san-bartolome-belmonte <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-location"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-site-country"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spain </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-eg-location field-field-site-location"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="eg_location"> <div class="latitude"> <label>Latitude</label> <div class="content">39.560003</div> </div> <div class="longitude"> <label>Longitude</label> <div class="content">-2.701381</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-visit-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The city centre is of great beauty: small white and clean houses bordering tortuous and narrow alleys. In the upper part of the town, you can visit the San Bartolomé church.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-flexifield field-field-flexi-hd"> <div class="field-label">My experience, Explo description:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-hd-main-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The former collegiate church chapel is from the 15th century. It also contains a collection of altarpiece of the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries, carried out by local artists.</p> <p>The choir stalls (that belonged to the Cuenca cathedral) depict scenes of the Genesis and the Passion in a realistic style.</p> <p>It also contains Baptismal fonts where the brother of Luis de León was baptised.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-flexifield field-field-flexi-information"> <div class="field-label">Useful information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-information-open-hours"> <div class="field-label">Open hours:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Closed on Mondays</p> <ul> <li>From April to September, 11.00am to 14.00pm and 16.00pm to 20.00pm.</li> <li>From October to March, 11.00am to 14.00pm and 16.00pm to 18.30pm.</li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-information-fees"> <div class="field-label">Entry fees:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>General&nbsp;: 2 €<br /> Reduced&nbsp;: 1 €</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-communities"><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-noderef-communities"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/community/churches">Churches</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/community/towns">Towns</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-images"><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-images-illustrations"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_images_illustrations" width="960" height="720" title="Collegiate Church of San Bartolomé, Belmonte" alt="Explo-guide - Alternative travel database" src="http://www.exploguide.com/sites/default/files/upload/images/illustrations/collegiate-church-san-bartolome-belmonte.jpg?1256249265" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.exploguide.com/site/collegiate-church-san-bartolome-belmonte#comments Religious Buildings Spain Churches Towns Spain Thu, 22 Oct 2009 22:07:45 +0000 fritz 684 at http://www.exploguide.com Belmonte castel, La Mancha http://www.exploguide.com/site/belmonte-castel-la-mancha <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-location"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-site-country"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spain </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-eg-location field-field-site-location"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="eg_location"> <div class="latitude"> <label>Latitude</label> <div class="content">39.558010</div> </div> <div class="longitude"> <label>Longitude</label> <div class="content">-2.696865</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-visit-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Belmonte is a fortified village standing down a splendid 15th century castle, in La Mancha region, where Don Quixote committed his famous exploits ;-)</p> <p>Impressive ramparts, with several monumental doors, protected this city, home town of the poet Luis of Leon.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-flexifield field-field-flexi-hd"> <div class="field-label">My experience, Explo description:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-hd-main-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The construction of this castle was commissioned by Don Juan Pacheco, marquis of Villena.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-hd-highlights"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Mudejar gothic castle is a work of the architect master Hennequin of Brussels. It stands on Mt. San Cristóbal.</p> <p>Built on a single level, the castle main square (court of weapons) is shaped in an equilateral triangle, with a grand wooden staircase providing access to the upper floors.</p> <p>The castle forms a star with 6 branches, each one ending with a cylindrical tower. I recommend you to go up on the walkway to admire the view.</p> <p>Beautiful painted timber ceilings ("artesonados" style) decorate large empty rooms.</p> <p>The furnitures are unfortunately no more visible.</p> <p>Reception lounge windows frameworks are finely worked in the Mudejar style. Whereas the Belmonte castle is abandoned since the 19th century, it is surprisingly well kept, with very few visitors.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tip-eat"> <div class="field-label">A tip to eat:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Palacio Buenavista<br /> Calle La Iglesia, 2 16640<br /> Belmonte (Cuenca)</p> <p>Tél. +34 967187580 / Tél. Reservations +34 967187580</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-flexifield field-field-flexi-information"> <div class="field-label">Useful information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-information-open-hours"> <div class="field-label">Open hours:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Opening from October to March (10.00am to 13.30pm and 15.30pm to 17.30pm).<br /> From April to October (10.00am to 13.30pm and 16.30pm to 19.30pm).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-information-duration"> <div class="field-label">Visit duration:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>1 to 2 hours.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-information-fees"> <div class="field-label">Entry fees:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Adults&nbsp;: EUR 2 / extra&nbsp;: 1 euro</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-information-contact"> <div class="field-label">Contact:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Phone&nbsp;: +34 690 203 076</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-communities"><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-noderef-communities"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/community/palaces-castles">Palaces &amp; Castles</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-noderef-civilizations"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/community/spanish-caliphates-and-reconquista">Spanish Caliphates and Reconquista</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-images"><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-images-illustrations"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_images_illustrations" width="800" height="540" title="Belmonte castel, La Mancha" alt="Explo-guide - Alternative travel database" src="http://www.exploguide.com/sites/default/files/upload/images/illustrations/belmonte-castel-windmill.jpg?1256233432" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.exploguide.com/site/belmonte-castel-la-mancha#comments Civil Buildings Spain Spanish Caliphates and Reconquista Palaces &amp; Castles Spain Thu, 22 Oct 2009 17:43:52 +0000 fritz 679 at http://www.exploguide.com Museum of abstract Spanish Art , Cuenca http://www.exploguide.com/site/museum-abstract-spanish-art-cuenca <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-location"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-site-country"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spain </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-eg-location field-field-site-location"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="eg_location"> <div class="latitude"> <label>Latitude</label> <div class="content">40.080809</div> </div> <div class="longitude"> <label>Longitude</label> <div class="content">-2.128145</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-visit-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Cuenca is one of the most beautiful Spanish medieval cities, declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. It is perched on a fairly steep rocky hill, at the confluence of Xúquer river and its tributary river: the Huécar gorges.</p> <p>Among the monuments of Cuenca, you should visit the Cathedral, built in Anglo-Norman Gothic style (an unique example in Spain) and the Casas Colgadas: suspended houses constructed above the vacuum...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-flexifield field-field-flexi-hd"> <div class="field-label">My experience, Explo description:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-hd-highlights"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Casas Colgadas de Cuenca are medieval houses, which were restored in the 20th century to adapt today&#8217;s new uses. They now proudly exhibit their wooden balconies, overlooking the Huécar canyon.</p> <p>You can only visit 3 of them&nbsp;: La Casa of the Sirena is a 3-storey popular house. It is currently a hostel.</p> <p>The Casas del Rey are medieval buildings of the 14th-15th century, they were also renovated on the 20th century to adapt to modern life.</p> <p>Inside are preserved the remains of murals. A very beautiful renaissance portal has been added from the Peñuela Villarejo Palace.</p> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <p>Currently the Casas del Rey host a valuable collection of abstract art and paintings gathered by the painter Fernando Zóbel.</p> <p>Juan March started to gather objects for his collection during the seventies. His foundation received a decisive impulse when Fernando Zóbel (creator of the Museum of Abstract Art), donated his private collection of works to the Juan March Foundation.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tip-unique-visit"> <div class="field-label">My personal recommendations:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Even if I am not fanatical of abstract art, I recommend the visit to the Museum for at least 2 reasons&nbsp;:</p> <p>(1) the beauty of the scene, remarkably restored<br /> (2) the very impressive view from windows which dominate the Huecar</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-flexifield field-field-flexi-information"> <div class="field-label">Useful information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-information-open-hours"> <div class="field-label">Open hours:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <ul> <li>Tuesday-Friday&nbsp;: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.</li> <li>Saturday&nbsp;: 11 has a.m.-2 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.</li> <li>Sunday/holidays&nbsp;: 11 has a.m. 2&nbsp;: 30 p.m.</li> <li>Monday&nbsp;: Closed.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>The Museum is also closed on&nbsp;: January 1st, Holy Thursday, Holy Friday, September 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st, 24th, 25th, 31st December</li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-information-duration"> <div class="field-label">Visit duration:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>1 hour</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-information-fees"> <div class="field-label">Entry fees:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <ul> <li>Adult&nbsp;: 3 €</li> <li>Reduced&nbsp;: 1.50 €&nbsp;: Senior citizens (65 and over) / Students with i.d. / Groups</li> <li>Free&nbsp;: Citizens and residents of Cuenca / Children under 10</li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-information-contact"> <div class="field-label">Contact:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Casas Colgadas, 16001<br /> Cuenca (Cuenca)<br /> Phone&nbsp;: +34 969 212 983</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-communities"><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-noderef-communities"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/community/villas-houses-mansions">Villas, Houses &amp; Mansions</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/community/art-museums">Art museums</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-noderef-civilizations"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/community/modern-art-1860-1970">Modern Art (1860 - 1970)</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/community/spanish-caliphates-and-reconquista">Spanish Caliphates and Reconquista</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-images"><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-images-illustrations"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_images_illustrations" width="275" height="370" title="Museum of abstract Spanish Art , Cuenca" alt="Explo-guide - Alternative travel database" src="http://www.exploguide.com/sites/default/files/upload/images/illustrations/casa-colgadas.jpg?1256225974" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.exploguide.com/site/museum-abstract-spanish-art-cuenca#comments Museums Spain Modern Art (1860 - 1970) Spanish Caliphates and Reconquista Villas, Houses &amp; Mansions Art museums Spain Thu, 22 Oct 2009 15:39:34 +0000 fritz 683 at http://www.exploguide.com Laberint d'Horta park, Barcelona http://www.exploguide.com/site/laberint-d-horta-park-barcelona <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-location"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-site-country"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spain </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-eg-location field-field-site-location"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="eg_location"> <div class="latitude"> <label>Latitude</label> <div class="content">41.440241</div> </div> <div class="longitude"> <label>Longitude</label> <div class="content">2.145735</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-visit-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Located on the heights (North-West) of Barcelona, the Parc del Laberint Horta is the oldest park of the city.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-flexifield field-field-flexi-hd"> <div class="field-label">My experience, Explo description:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-hd-main-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The marquis Joan Antoni Desvalls I Ardena decided to create a park in 1791. It was first a neo-classical garden during the 18th century, and his descendants added a romantic garden with flowers, a canal and a waterfalls in the middle of the 19th century.</p> <p>At the end of the 19th century, it became the place of social and cultural events including representations of outdoor theatre.</p> <p>In 1967, the Desvalls family gave the park to the city of Barcelona. The park was opened to the public in 1971.</p> <p>The park is currently a museum garden. To preserve the fragile environment and the structures of the area, the number of visitors is limited to 750 people at the same time.</p> <p>In the park, you will admire many statues and fountains.</p> <p>The park also hosts a neo-classical style house which is currently a training centre.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-hd-highlights"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The neo-classical garden composed of 3 terraces. On the lower terrace is located the labyrinth that gave its name to the park. It is composed by 750 metres of carved cypress. At the entrance to the labyrinth is a marble "bas-relief" representing Ariane and Theseus. In the centre stands a statue of Eros god.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-direction"> <div class="field-label">How getting there:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Metro L3, parada Mundet.<br /> Bus 27, 60, 73 76 i.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-flexifield field-field-flexi-information"> <div class="field-label">Useful information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-information-open-hours"> <div class="field-label">Open hours:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <ul> <li>December to February&nbsp;: 10 am to 18pm.</li> <li>March and November&nbsp;: 10 am to 19pm.</li> <li>April and October&nbsp;: 10am to 20pm.</li> <li>May to September&nbsp;: 10am to 21pm.</li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-information-duration"> <div class="field-label">Visit duration:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>1 to 2 hours.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-information-fees"> <div class="field-label">Entry fees:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>2 €</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-information-contact"> <div class="field-label">Contact:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Passage Castayers, 1<br /> Barcelona<br /> Phone&nbsp;: + 34 934 132 400</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-communities"><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-noderef-communities"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/community/gardens-parks">Gardens &amp; Parks</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/community/labyrinths">Labyrinths</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-images"><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-images-illustrations"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_images_illustrations" width="800" height="600" title="Parc del Laberint d&#039;Horta, Barcelona" alt="Explo-guide - Alternative travel database" src="http://www.exploguide.com/sites/default/files/upload/images/illustrations/labyrinth.jpg?1256214184" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.exploguide.com/site/laberint-d-horta-park-barcelona#comments Gardens & Botany Spain Gardens &amp; Parks Labyrinths Spain Thu, 22 Oct 2009 12:23:04 +0000 fritz 681 at http://www.exploguide.com Sagrada Familia cathedral, Barcelona http://www.exploguide.com/site/sagrada-familia-cathedral-barcelona <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-location"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-site-country"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spain </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-eg-location field-field-site-location"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="eg_location"> <div class="latitude"> <label>Latitude</label> <div class="content">41.403539</div> </div> <div class="longitude"> <label>Longitude</label> <div class="content">2.174370</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-visit-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The famous Sagrada Familia offers the steep spectacle of a gigantic and fantastic cathedral which is still under construction. Surrounded by cranes, it evokes the building of the medieval cathedrals...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-flexifield field-field-flexi-hd"> <div class="field-label">My experience, Explo description:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-hd-main-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Begun in 1882, the Sagrada Familia is the emblematic work a Genious architect&nbsp;: Antonio Gaudi. He devoted 40 years of his life to this work.</p> <p>When he died in 1926, he left many plans and models of which many parts unfortunately disappeared during the 1936 civil war. Gaudi&#8217;s spirit is more or less respected in the current work&nbsp;: if you want to notice differences, you can compare the portal of the Nativity, carried out under the direct control of Gaudi, and the modern portal of the Passion. These changing can be explained by modern techniques and aesthetics, as well as the need to limit the costs of building.</p> <p>The continuation of the project is a symbolic challenge for the autonomous region of Catalonia. For many years, the works have been slowed or stopped due to the lack of money. It should be noted that neither the State nor the commune has invested one cent in the building. Only the generosity of the Catalans - and tourists - allows the continuation of the work.</p> <p>The Sagrada Familia project involves the construction of 12 steeples (one for each Apostle), 4 more for the evangelists, another dedicated to the Virgin and the most important (170m in height) crowned with the typical Gaudí 4 arms cross, symbolizing Jesus Christ.</p> <p>These parabolic steeples have coil stairs that surround a space where shall be tubular bells that Gaudí has studied for years&nbsp;: they will ring thanks to compressed air and percussion (these bells are one of the last items to be constructed in the cathedral).</p> <p>The building should be completed in 2026, for the centenary of the Gaudi death.</p> <p><a href='http://www.sagradafamilia.cat/SF-eng/index.php'>http://www.sagradafamilia.cat/SF-en...</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-hd-highlights"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nativity Portal&nbsp;:</p> <p>The front of the Nativity is the only part of the temple directly built by Gaudí. When Gaudí died in 1926, only the tower of Saint Barnabas was completely finished and the other 3 very advanced. The 2 central towers are 107m high and external are 98m high.</p> <p>The decoration includes many topics connected with plants carvings, evoking underground sculptures, looking like a bit a "Marshmallow" style...</p> <p>The facade of the Sagrada Familia Nativity was recently recognized as "Heritage of the human race" by UNESCO.</p> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <p>The Passion Portal&nbsp;:<br /> These 4 towers were completed in 1976.<br /> They have a height 112m for the 2 main, and 107m for the external ones.</p> <p>Elevators&nbsp;:<br /> Lifts are opened all year-round. They arrive to a 65m height (front of the Passion) and 55m (front of the Nativity).<br /> Price&nbsp;: 2 €.</p> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The crypt was designed by Francesc de Paula Villar in Gothic still in 1882.<br /> In the crypt, you can see the graves of Joseph Maria Bocabella and his descendants (he was the promoter of the cathedral) and Gaudí.</p> <p>Sagrada Familia&#8217;s crypt was recently recognized as "Heritage of the human race" by UNESCO.</p> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <p>The Museum&nbsp;: models of the Colònia Güell, original drawings of Gaudí and Sagrada Familia models.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tip-unique-visit"> <div class="field-label">My personal recommendations:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Go to the top of the towers. These towers are connected by bridges. You will enjoy a wonderful view over the Sagrada Familia and Barcelona, emotions guaranteed. Not recommended for persons subject to the dizziness</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-direction"> <div class="field-label">How getting there:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Metro&nbsp;: Sagrada Familia (blue line, L5) and (Purple line, L2)<br /> Autobús&nbsp;: 19, 33, 34, 43, 44, 50, 51, B20, B24, N1, N7</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-flexifield field-field-flexi-information"> <div class="field-label">Useful information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-information-open-hours"> <div class="field-label">Open hours:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Open every day&nbsp;: January to March and October to December 9 to 18pm. From April to September 9 at 20pm. 25th, 26th of December 1st and 6th of January 9 at 14pm.</p> <p>You can go out of the cathedral 30 minutes after the closure of the entrance desk.</p> <p>Due to the work taking place on site, there are part of the cathedral that cannot be visited.</p> <p>Guided tours in English&nbsp;: from May to October at 11am, 13pm, 15pm, and 17pm.<br /> November to April at 11am and 13pm.</p> <p>Guided tours in catalan&nbsp;: every Sunday at noon.</p> <p>Guided tours in Castilian&nbsp;: from May to October at noon and 16pm.<br /> November to April at noon.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-information-duration"> <div class="field-label">Visit duration:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>1 to 3 hours.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-information-fees"> <div class="field-label">Entry fees:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With the admission ticket you can visit&nbsp;: the fronts of the Nativity and the Passion, the central nave, the cloister and the Roser front. The Museum. The "schools" building and Temporary exhibitions.</p> <ul> <li>Individual&nbsp;: 11 €</li> <li>Entry for groups&nbsp;: 8 € (minimum 20 persons)</li> <li>Individual + guided tour&nbsp;: 10 + 4 €</li> <li>Carnet Jove (young people)&nbsp;: 8 €</li> <li>Students&nbsp;: 8 €</li> <li>"Tarja Rosa" (rose card)&nbsp;: 8 €</li> <li>Tourist bus&nbsp;: 7 €</li> <li>Tourist bus + guided tour&nbsp;: 10.50 €</li> <li>Ruta Modernista&nbsp;: combined entry to Sagrada Familia + Gaudí House-Museum (Park Güell)&nbsp;: 9 + 4 €</li> </ul> <p>Audio guides&nbsp;: 4 € for Catalan, French, Castilian, English, Italian and German.<br /> For groups, <a href='http://www.gaudiallgaudi.com/FA012.htm'>http://www.gaudiallgaudi.com/FA012.htm</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-information-contact"> <div class="field-label">Contact:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sagrada Familia<br /> Phone&nbsp;: + 34 93 207 30 31.<br /> <a href='http://www.sagradafamilia.cat/SF-eng/index.php'>http://www.sagradafamilia.cat/SF-en...</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-information-access"> <div class="field-label">Access security:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Accessibility for the disabled&nbsp;:<br /> The main nave is located in four metres in height above the level of the street, both on the side of the façade of the passion (with inclined plane for wheelchairs) that since the entry of the facade of the Nativity (currently open) accessible level by stairways and also inclined planes.</p> <p>In any case, you should not forget that the building is under construction&nbsp;: it makes inevitable some frequent limitations of access.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-communities"><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-noderef-communities"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/community/cathedrals">Cathedrals</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-noderef-architects"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/community/gaudi-antonio">Gaudi (Antonio)</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-images"><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-images-illustrations"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_images_illustrations" width="629" height="896" title="Sagrada Familia cathedral, Barcelona" alt="Explo-guide - Alternative travel database" src="http://www.exploguide.com/sites/default/files/upload/images/illustrations/sagrada-familia-middle-its-cranes.jpg?1256207531" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_images_illustrations" width="950" height="1432" title="Sagrada Familia cathedral, Barcelona" alt="Explo-guide - Alternative travel database" src="http://www.exploguide.com/sites/default/files/upload/images/illustrations/nativity-portal.jpg?1256207531" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_images_illustrations" width="419" height="708" title="Sagrada Familia cathedral, Barcelona" alt="Explo-guide - Alternative travel database" src="http://www.exploguide.com/sites/default/files/upload/images/illustrations/marshmallow-style.jpg?1256207531" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.exploguide.com/site/sagrada-familia-cathedral-barcelona#comments Religious Buildings Spain Gaudi (Antonio) Cathedrals Spain Thu, 22 Oct 2009 10:32:11 +0000 fritz 680 at http://www.exploguide.com "Corral de Comedias" teatro, Almagro http://www.exploguide.com/site/corral-de-comedias-teatro-almagro <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-location"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-site-country"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spain </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-eg-location field-field-site-location"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="eg_location"> <div class="latitude"> <label>Latitude</label> <div class="content">38.888239</div> </div> <div class="longitude"> <label>Longitude</label> <div class="content">-3.711995</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-visit-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Almagro is a small town of 9,000 inhabitants, which has a rich history, illustrated by its monuments and in particular its Plaza Mayor, one of the most singular of Spain. On one of its sides, you can see the "Comedias Corral" outdoor theatre (17th century): the Almagro Theatre Festival made it really famous.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-flexifield field-field-flexi-hd"> <div class="field-label">My experience, Explo description:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-hd-main-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Almagro owes its rich heritage to the Calatrava Knights. Indeed, this Cisterian monk-soldiers order had its headquarters in the town from 1222 to the 15th century.</p> <p>The economic development of the city is linked to the Almaden mines.</p> <p>Almagro was the capital of the La Mancha province on the 18th century.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-hd-highlights"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The theatre was re-discovered by chance in 1954 during works in a modest inn. This 17th century open-air theatre has been beautifully restored. This is the only subsisting corral in Spain.</p> <p>It was built in 1628 and its surface originally was twice as today&#8217;s one. The use of the theatre was prohibited in the 18th century and it fell into decrepitude until its rediscovery in 1954.</p> <p>A festival is taking place there in July.<br /> <a href='http://www.corraldecomedias.com/default.asp'>http://www.corraldecomedias.com/def...</a></p> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <p>For Spanish speaking people and theatre enthusiasts, a theatre Museum shows old texts and costumes. On screens, you can follow many plays.</p> <p>Adress&nbsp;: Gran Maestre 2, at the corner of Plaza Mayor.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tip-sleep"> <div class="field-label">A tip to sleep:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Hospederia en el Asuncion, plaza Egido de Calatrava Saint +34 926 882 087</p> <p>Hotel in a former convent, with spacious double rooms between 34 and 40 € It is also a very pleasant restaurant.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-flexifield field-field-flexi-information"> <div class="field-label">Useful information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-information-open-hours"> <div class="field-label">Open hours:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <ul> <li>Opening from Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm (October to March)</li> <li>5 pm to 8 pm (April to June and September)</li> <li>6 pm to 8 pm (July and August)</li> <li>Sundays, from 11 am to 2 pm</li> <li>Closed&nbsp;: Mondays, 24th, 25th, 31st December and 1st January.</li> </ul> <p>Guided visits&nbsp;: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-information-duration"> <div class="field-label">Visit duration:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>1/2 h</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-information-fees"> <div class="field-label">Entry fees:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>General&nbsp;: 2,50 €<br /> Reduced&nbsp;: 2.00 €<br /> Guided visits&nbsp;: 3.50 € (General) and 3 € (reduced)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-information-contact"> <div class="field-label">Contact:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Plaza Mayor, 18, 13270<br /> Almagro (Ciudad Real)<br /> Tel&nbsp;: +34 926 861 539<br /> <a href='http://www.festivaldealmagro.com/'>http://www.festivaldealmagro.com/</a></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-communities"><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-noderef-communities"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/community/operas-theatres">Operas &amp; Theatres</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/community/plays-festivals">Plays &amp; festivals</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-images"><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-images-illustrations"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_images_illustrations" width="250" height="199" title="&quot;Corral de Comedias&quot; teatro, Almagro" alt="Explo-guide - Alternative travel database" src="http://www.exploguide.com/sites/default/files/upload/images/illustrations/corral-de-comedias.jpg?1256129685" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.exploguide.com/site/corral-de-comedias-teatro-almagro#comments Art creations Spain Operas &amp; Theatres Plays &amp; festivals Spain Wed, 21 Oct 2009 12:54:45 +0000 fritz 678 at http://www.exploguide.com Plaza Mayor, Corral de Comedias, Almagro http://www.exploguide.com/site/plaza-mayor-corral-de-comedias-almagro <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-location"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-site-country"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spain </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-eg-location field-field-site-location"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="eg_location"> <div class="latitude"> <label>Latitude</label> <div class="content">38.888695</div> </div> <div class="longitude"> <label>Longitude</label> <div class="content">-3.711544</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-visit-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Almagro is a small town of 9,000 inhabitants, which has a rich history, illustrated by its monuments and in particular its Plaza Mayor, one of the most singular of Spain.</p> <p>On one of its sides, you can see the "Comedias Corral" outdoor theatre (17th century): the Almagro Theatre Festival made it really famous.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-flexifield field-field-flexi-hd"> <div class="field-label">My experience, Explo description:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-hd-main-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Almagro owes its rich heritage to the Calatrava Knights. Indeed, this Cisterian monk-soldiers order had its headquarters in the town from 1222 to the 15th century.</p> <p>The economic development of the city is linked to the Almaden mines.</p> <p>Almagro was the capital of the La Mancha province on the 18th century.</p> <p>In the 17th and 18th centuries were created the lace Royal Manufactures, which will gather more than 8,000 workers. One can still see lace craftmen at work.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-hd-highlights"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The place was built at the Renaissance by the bankers of the House of Austria, the Fugger or Fúcares, who, due to the financial problems of King Charles the 1st, benefited from the income of the Almadén mercury mines (belonging to the order of Calatrava).</p> <p>They settled there with their directors and allowed the city to develop and beautify.</p> <p>Originally designed as a place of weapons, the square has the shape of a long asymmetric rectangle, bordered on each side by wooden galleries, peinted in green, with 85 Tuscan style columns. The current aspect is not the original one because the upper corridors were public and accessible by narrow stairs. But on the 18th and 19th centuries, these corridors were privatized by the owners of the houses.</p> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <p>Have a look at the famous "Corral de Comedias" theatre.</p> <p>Plaza Mayor 18</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tip-sleep"> <div class="field-label">A tip to sleep:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Hospederia en el Asuncion, plaza Egido de Calatrava Saint<br /> +34 926 882 087</p> <p>Hotel in a former convent, with spacious double rooms between 34 and 40 €<br /> It is also a very pleasant restaurant.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-flexifield field-field-flexi-information"> <div class="field-label">Useful information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-information-open-hours"> <div class="field-label">Open hours:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Free</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-information-duration"> <div class="field-label">Visit duration:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>1 hour</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-information-fees"> <div class="field-label">Entry fees:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Free</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-communities"><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-noderef-communities"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/community/squares">Squares</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-images"><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-images-illustrations"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_images_illustrations" width="960" height="720" title="Plaza Mayor, Corral de Comedias, Almagro" alt="Explo-guide - Alternative travel database" src="http://www.exploguide.com/sites/default/files/upload/images/illustrations/plaza-mayor-almagro_2.jpg?1256127939" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_images_illustrations" width="960" height="720" title="Plaza Mayor, Corral de Comedias, Almagro" alt="Explo-guide - Alternative travel database" src="http://www.exploguide.com/sites/default/files/upload/images/illustrations/plaza-mayor-almagro.jpg?1256127939" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_images_illustrations" width="1120" height="840" title="Plaza Mayor, Corral de Comedias, Almagro" alt="Explo-guide - Alternative travel database" src="http://www.exploguide.com/sites/default/files/upload/images/illustrations/plaza-mayor-almagro_0.jpg?1256127939" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_images_illustrations" width="960" height="720" title="Plaza Mayor, Corral de Comedias, Almagro" alt="Explo-guide - Alternative travel database" src="http://www.exploguide.com/sites/default/files/upload/images/illustrations/plaza-mayor-almagro_1.jpg?1256127939" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.exploguide.com/site/plaza-mayor-corral-de-comedias-almagro#comments Villages & Towns Spain Squares Spain Wed, 21 Oct 2009 12:25:39 +0000 fritz 677 at http://www.exploguide.com Calatrava ruins, Ciudad Real http://www.exploguide.com/site/calatrava-ruins-ciudad-real <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-location"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-site-country"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spain </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-eg-location field-field-site-location"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="eg_location"> <div class="latitude"> <label>Latitude</label> <div class="content">39.074061</div> </div> <div class="longitude"> <label>Longitude</label> <div class="content">-3.834035</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-visit-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Archaeological Park of Alarcos and Calatrava presents a singular duality, illustrated by Christian and Muslim cultures and manifested by 2 separate sites: Alarcos, a symbol of the Christian power and Calatrava, emblem of an Islamic already in decline but briefly revived past, under the Almohadian influence.</p> <p>Both sites have in common their Bronze Age past and Iberian time heritage.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-flexifield field-field-flexi-hd"> <div class="field-label">My experience, Explo description:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-hd-main-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Calatrava Vieja, ancient Islamic City of Qal&#8217;at Rabah, is one of the most important medieval sites and best preserved in Spain.</p> <p>Located at the edge of Rio Guadiana, its history goes from 6th to 12th century.<br /> Exercising a crucial influence on the Meseta, controlling North-South and East-West (from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean) traffic axes, it was the seat of the caliphate power in the region.</p> <p>In 1147 Alfonso VII took Calatrava and neighbouring Alarcos Castle. Under the pressure of the Almohadian dynasty, the first order of Hispanic knights was founded in Calatrava in 1158&nbsp;: it took the name of the place.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-hd-highlights"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Impressive fortified enclosure with pentagonals towers, ditches and knee doors.</p> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <p>In the Castle, beautiful entry, great Hall, water tank, Templar Knights Church and the Triumph Arch.</p> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In the suburbs, you can see the remains of a mosque.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tip-unique-visit"> <div class="field-label">My personal recommendations:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>I visited with a guided tour&nbsp;: it is much more interesting&nbsp;!</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-direction"> <div class="field-label">How getting there:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>From Ciudad Real, take N 430 (or highway A-43 to Manzanares (East)) for 10km until Carrion de Calatrava. Cross the village and take to the North the small road that leads to the shrine of N. S. of Incarnation, 5 km away.</p> <p>The archaeological site is 500 m from the sanctuary.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tip-sleep"> <div class="field-label">A tip to sleep:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Hospederia en el Convento de la Asuncion, plaza Egido de Calatrava<br /> +34 926 882 087</p> <p>Hotel in a former convent, with spacious double rooms between 34 and 40 €</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-flexifield field-field-flexi-information"> <div class="field-label">Useful information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-information-open-hours"> <div class="field-label">Open hours:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Closed on Mondays.</p> <p>summer(1/04 at 30/09) 10&nbsp;: 00 to 21&nbsp;: 00<br /> winter (1/10 at 31/03) 10:00 to 18:00</p> <p>Guided Tours&nbsp;:</p> <ul> <li>summer&nbsp;: 10:00, 12:00 , 19:00</li> <li>winter&nbsp;: 10:00 , 12:00 , 16:00</li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-information-duration"> <div class="field-label">Visit duration:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>1 hour.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-information-fees"> <div class="field-label">Entry fees:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>4 €<br /> School and students&nbsp;: 2 €<br /> Unemployed persons, pensioners and children 11ans&nbsp;: free</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-information-contact"> <div class="field-label">Contact:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>+34 926 69 02 46 or +34 600 91 30 34</p> <p><a href='http://www.patrimoniohistoricoclm.es/Parque-Arqueologico-de-alarcos-Calatrava/'>http://www.patrimoniohistoricoclm.e...</a></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-communities"><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-noderef-communities"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/community/ruined-castles">Ruined Castles</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/community/ruins">Ruins</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-noderef-civilizations"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/community/medieval-arts">Medieval Arts</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/community/spanish-caliphates-and-reconquista">Spanish Caliphates and Reconquista</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-images"><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-images-illustrations"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_images_illustrations" width="800" height="757" title="Calatrava ruins, Ciudad Real" alt="Explo-guide - Alternative travel database" src="http://www.exploguide.com/sites/default/files/upload/images/illustrations/calatrava.jpg?1256078647" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.exploguide.com/site/calatrava-ruins-ciudad-real#comments Historical Places & Vestiges Spain Medieval Arts Spanish Caliphates and Reconquista Ruined Castles Ruins Spain Tue, 20 Oct 2009 22:44:07 +0000 fritz 676 at http://www.exploguide.com