Capilla Real – The Royal Chapel in Granada

Capilla Real Granada

Capilla Real – Royal Chapel for Spain’s Catholic Monarchs: Located next to Granada Cathedral is the Capilla Real or Royal Chapel.  The Capilla Real houses the remains of the Catholic monarchs of Spain. The Creation of Capilla Real In September 1504, Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand (referred to as the Catholic Monarchs) decided that Granada […]

Casa Bruno Cuadros – Once a House of Umbrellas

Casa dels Paraigües

Casa Bruno Cuadros or Casa dels Paraigües – The House of Umbrellas: A walk through Las Ramblas is a journey of many discoveries and at La Rambla, 82 is the Casa Bruno Cuadros, a stunning building that was once an umbrella shop in the 1880s. Casa Bruno Cuadros is presently the premises of a bank.  […]

Santa Maria Del Pi – A Medieval Church in the Barri Gotic

Basilica-Santa-Maria-del-Pi

Santa Maria del Pí – A Barcelona Church in the Barri Gotic District: Santa Maria del Pí (St Mary of the Pine Tree) is a medieval basilica nestled between the Plaça del Pí and the Plaça Sant Josep Oriol in Barcelona’s historic Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter). It is believed that a pine forest once stood […]

Monument to Elcano – Getaria

Monument to Elcano - Getaria

Monument to Elcano – A Monument Marking the 4th Centenary of Elcano’s Circumnavigation: One of the most important historical figures in Getaria is Juan Sebastián Elcano, the first man to circumnavigate the globe in 1522.  In Getaria there are two statues commemorating Elcano, one in Plaza Elcano dating back to 1861 and built by Antonio […]

Bahía de La Concha – San Sebastián’s Stunning Bay

La Concha Bay - San Sebastian

Bahía de la Concha or La Concha Bay is San Sebastián’s Most Stunning Bay: San Sebastián is blessed with one of the most beautiful bays in the world and one of the first things we did before going to the Old Town (Parte Vieja) was to enjoy a panoramic view of Bahía de la Concha […]

Cathedral of Toledo – Catedral Primada Toledo

Cathedral of Toledo

Cathedral of Toledo – Once the Spiritual Centre of the Spanish Church: One of the things to do before arriving at the old town of Toledo is to stop across the River Tagus and enjoy an impressive view the city sited on a hill. Even from this distance, the tower of the Cathedral of Toledo […]

San Juan de Los Reyes – Dedicated to St John of the Kings

San Juan de Los Reyes Monastery

Monasterio de San Juan de Los Reyes – A Toledo Church Dedicated to Saint John of the Kings Situated on the western side of the city, overlooking the Tagus River and the Puente de San Martin (San Martin Bridge) is the Monasterio de San Juan de Los Reyes (Monastery of St John of the Kings). […]

Casa-Museo Del Greco – El Greco in Toledo

Burial of the Count of Orgaz

The Casa-Museo Del Greco is Dedicated to the Works of El Greco in Toledo: A highlight of any visit to Toledo is seeing the famous paintings of El Greco. Domenikos Theotokópoulos (El Greco) was born in Crete and it was destiny that brought him to Toledo.  This medieval city was the setting for many of […]

Santa Maria la Blanca – Europe’s Oldest Synagogue Building

Synagogue de Santa Maria la Blanca, Toledo

Santa Maria la Blanca – One of the Oldest Synagogue Buildings in Europe: The Santa Maria la Blanca in Toledo (Literally translated as “St Mary the White”) is one of the oldest synagogue buildings in Europe and one of the most beautiful that I’ve seen. Its rather plain exterior is a huge contrast to what […]

Puente de San Martin – Toledo’s San Martin Bridge

Puente de San Martin

Puente de San Martin – Toledo’s Medieval Bridge: To the west of the old town of Toledo, under the watchful view of the Monasterio San Juan de los Reyes is the Puente de San Martin  or San Martin Bridge. Built in the Middle Ages, this bridge crosses the Tagus River in Toledo and is part […]