Guide to Top 10 tourist attractions in Spain
Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the inspiration for many songwriters and story tellers, that’s noting suprises beause this place is just like from a fairy tale. Part palace and part fortress, the Alhambra is the pinnacle of Moorish art and one of the best architectural sights in the whole of Europe.
If I could say oe word about Sagrada that would be “Masterpiece”. This Roman Catholic church in Barcelona,Catalonia is absolutely the most marvellous and astonishing modern place I ever been. Designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Although incomplete, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in November 2010 Pope Benedict XVI consecrated and proclaimed it a minor basilica.
3. The Great Mosque of Cordoba
Amazing building renowned for the forest of pillars and arches inside the main hall. The site was originally a Roman temple, then a Visigothic church, before the Umayyad Moors built the Mosque. After the Spanish Reconquista a cathedral was built into the center of the large Moorish building. That’s one of the largest in the world and the finest achievement of Moorish architecture in Spain.
4. El Escorial
Historical residence of the King of Spain, about 45 kilometres (28 miles) northwest of the capital, Madrid. It is one of the Spanish royal sites and functions as a monastery, royal palace, museum, and school. The Escorial comprises two architectural complexes of great historical and cultural significance. The royal monastery itself and La Granjilla de La Fresneda, a royal hunting lodge and monastic retreat about five kilometres away. These two sites have a dual nature; that is to say, during the 16th and 17th centuries, they were places in which the power of the Spanish monarchy and the ecclesiastical predominance of the Roman Catholic religion in Spain found a common architectural manifestation. El Escorial was, at once, a monastery and a Spanish royal palace.
5. Aqueduct of Segovia
This Unique Roman aqueduct and one of the most important and best-preserved ancient monuments from the Iberian Peninsula. It is located in Spain and is the foremost symbol of Segovia, as evidenced by its presence on the city’s coat of arms.The aqueduct transports water from Fuente Fría river, situated in the nearby mountains, some 17 km (11 miles) from the city in a region known as La Acebeda.
6. Royal Palace of Madrid
Official residence of the Spanish Royal Family at the city of Madrid, but is only used for state ceremonies. King Felipe VI and the Royal Family do not reside in the palace. The palace has 135,000 square metres of floorspace and contains 3,418 rooms, what makes it the largest palace in Europe by floor area.
7. Santiago de Compostela Cathedral
The old city of Santiago de Compostela and its grand cathedral are among the most beautiful medieval artifacts in all of Europe. Christian legends tell that St. James the Elder, one of the twelve apostles of Christ, had traveled widely on the Iberian Peninsula, bringing Christianity to the Celtic peoples. Following his martyrdom in Jerusalem around 44 AD, his relics were supposedly taken back to Spain and enshrined. The cathedral has historically been a place of pilgrimage on the Way of St. James, since the Early Middle Ages.
8. Merida Roman Theatre
What a baeutiful monument. Europe’s best conserved and the only one which, after being reconditioned, continues to be the setting for theatrical representations and recitals. Each year, people from all over the world are moved by immortal classics of theatre, performed on their original stage, an architectural gem of the 1st century BC. The theatre is set in a World Heritage City.
9. Museo Nacional del Prado
Great museum from central Madrid. The Prado has the world’s largest collection of Spanish art, an impressive continuum from 12th-century medieval works through the avante-garde movement of the early 20th century, and is especially noted for its works from Spain’s golden age by El Greco, Velazquez, and Goya. The collection currently comprises around 7,600 paintings, 1,000 sculptures, 4,800 prints and 8,200 drawings, and many many more. By 2012 the Museum will be displaying about 1,300 works in the main buildings, while around 3,100 works are on temporary loan to various museums and official institutions.
10. Palma Cathedral
Palma Cathedral was constructed 1230, just a year after the famous crusader King Jaume I conquered the island. It took a whopping three hundred years to build, stretching from 1301 to the seventeenth century. In fact, it’s still privy to updates, with Spain’s famous architect Gaudi having designed certain parts of the cathedral in the early twentieth century.