Famous Gothic buildings

Madrid Town Map

Madrid – Spain’s capital – the highest capital in Europe (660 metres above sea level). The main sights of the city – three world-famous art galleries (the Prado, the Thyssen – Bornemisza Museum, Reina Sofia), the Royal Palace, a magnificent architectural ensembles of the main squares and many museums. The most fashionable area of Madrid – Salamanca, where the most expensive shops. The heart of the city – Puerta del Sol (“gate of the sun”) is located in the Old Madrid the old part of the city. East With

Madrid Metro Map

tarago city is a district called “Madrid of the Bourbons”, where the most famous museums, parks, squares with fountains and a triumphal gate. Here is the Spanish Parliament. To the North of the town are the mountains, where residents of the capital in the winter skiing and summer rest from the heat. To the West of Madrid is El Escorial – Palace–monastery, the residence of king Philip II of Spain. Near it was built under Franco’s famous memorial Valle de Los Caidos can be reached (Valley of the Fallen), and to the South of the city years of Aranjuez Royal Palace of the XVIII century served as the prototype for Cinderella’s Palace in Disneyland.

Castilia-Leon Map

Castilla y Leon is the region houses the largest number of Spanish castles (about 2000). Itself the Spanish word “Castillo”means “castle”. The largest cities: Leon, Zamora, Salamanca, Avila, Segovia, Burgos .

León Cathedral is one of the most magnificent Gothic structures in Spain. The main architectural monument of Zamora, Cathedral of the XII century which is famous for its quaint, tiled dome.

Salamanca View

Salamanca is famous for its world famous University – a magnificent monument of the oldest districts of Paris plateresque (Spanish early Renaissance), founded in 1218

Aerial View of Avila

Avila lies at an altitude of 1131 meters above sea level, there is the “high” capital of the Spanish province. The most famous native of Avila – Saint Teresa of Avila, the foundress of the order of Barefoot Carmelites.

The old quarter of Segovia is situated on a high rocky spur between two rivers and is often compared to a ship: Alcazar on the sharp rock is the nose, the spires of the Cathedral – mast, and the aqueduct the rudder. By the way, Segovia’s famous Aqueduct, built by the Romans in the late first century was used until the late nineteenth century.

Aerial View of Burgos

In Burgos . during the civil war housed the headquarters of Franco. Like other towns of Castile-Leon, Burgos famous architectural monuments, among which stands out the Cathedral of Burgos (1221), the magnificent Arco de Santa Maria, a bridge Pintat de San Pablo and many other palaces and churches.

Castilia-La Mancha Map

Castile – La Mancha – Cervantes immortalized the landscape of La Mancha: the desert plain and the windmills on the hills and the castle’s silhouette on the horizon. Locks – business card and these places. Most of the fortifications erected in the IX – XII centuries. in the era of Reconquista (reconquer Christian lands occupied by the Moors). Castles, lined up along the borders of the medieval kingdoms of Aragon and Castile, built in the XIV – XV centuries the Most beautiful of them – the fortress in Sigüenza. Belmonte, Alarcon, Molina de aragón and Calatrava. Among of La Mancha green oases appear two national parks: the Tablas de Daimiel and Cabañeros in the Toledo mountains. La Mancha is the largest wine-growing region and is famous not only vineyards but also fields around Consuegra saffron and Albacete.

Toledo View

Toledo is the capital of Visigothic Spain is a real open air Museum: every building inside the city wall keeps evidence of the rich history of the city, where lived in the Middle ages Christians, Jews and Muslims, and the most prominent monument of the era was the Toledo Cathedral. In the XVI century in Toledo lived and worked a great artist El Greco, who bequeathed to the city many of his paintings.

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