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Getting lost in Córdoba. Its real charms unfold as I’m wandering between the cobblestone-streets, balconies, patios, potted plants, orange trees and golden-stone buildings. . . Córdoba was the former capital of the Roman province of Baetica. And more than a millennium ago, Córdoba was also a capital of Islamic Spain. In 1236, Córdoba became part of Christian Spain. Nowadays, Córdoba is western Europe's biggest, most cultured city. The city also has a Jewish quarter - the synagogue is one of only three surviving pre-Reconquest ones in Spain. The city is also noted for its textile manufactures, traditional medieval handicrafts, and its manufacture of gold and silver ornaments and products in copper, bronze, and aluminum. . An interesting thing that I noticed as I was walking around Córdoba (and also Seville) was the view of orange trees everywhere. But those oranges are used to produce marmalade, not juice, because it tastes bitter. FYI, oranges become an emblematic fruit in Andalusia. During Spain’s Islamic history, Moorish poets praised the bitter orange tree for its blossom and fragrance. The story goes that marmalade was invented in 1700, when a storm-damaged Spanish ship, carrying Seville oranges. Today, extracts from the bitter orange tree are often used in diet products as it is believed to increase weight loss. . #wanderlust #travel #explore #cobbled #pavement #alley #calle #culture #buildings #oranges #trees #orangetree #town #oldtown #medieval #córdoba #cordoba #andalucia #andalucía #andalusia #españa #spain #alttext

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Mesmerizing the marriage between moorish art and gothic architecture... . . The Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba (Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba), also known as the Great Mosque of Córdoba, whose ecclesiastical name is the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, is the Catholic cathedral of the Diocese of Córdoba dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and located in the Spanish region of Andalusia. . Historians believe that there had first been a temple to the Roman god, Janus, on this site. The temple was converted into a church by invading Visigoths who seized Cordoba in 572. When Muslims conquered Spain in 711, the church was first divided into Muslim and Christian halves. The original structure was built by the Umayyad ruler ʿAbd ar-Raḥmān I in 784–786 with extensions in the 9th and 10th centuries that doubled its size, ultimately making it one of the largest sacred buildings in the Islamic world. At this time Córdoba was the largest, most prosperous cities of Europe, outshining Byzantium and Baghdad in science, culture and the arts. The development of the Great Mosque paralleled these new heights of splendour. In 1236, during the Reconquista, and the building was converted to a Roman Catholic church, culminating in the insertion of a Renaissance cathedral nave in the 16th century. And in 1984, the historic center of Cordoba, including the Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba, was made a UNESCO World Heritage site. . #mosque #cathedral #church #islam #islamicart #catholic #moorish #gothic #renaissance #architecture #art #heritage #worldheritage #unescoworldheritage #unesco #cordoba #córdoba #andalucia #andalucía #andalusia #españa #spain

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Visiting one of the oldest palaces that still in use in the world. I need more than three hours to explore it, to understand its history and finally to chill in the gardens. It’s a huge place! . . The Real Alcázar or ‘Reales Alcázares de Sevilla‘ is a royal palace which was built by the Moorish rulers who occupied the peninsula from the 8th century onwards. The palace has evolved through different stages over time, from the late 11th century to the present day. From its walls we can appreciate the influence of the cultures that have passed through the city. The term Alcázar comes from the Arabic al-qaṣr, ("the castle" or "the palace), itself derived from the Latin castrum (“castle”). The site was initially a Roman settlement, later used by the Visigoths. In 712 Seville was conquered by the Arabs, who transformed the building in a palace-fortress. The construction work of the Real Alcázar started in 913 AD, under the Cordovan caliphate of Abderrahmán III an-Násir. Three centuries later, caliph Al-Mutamid had various palaces added to the original construction. When Fernando III of Castile regained the city in 1248, the Alcázar became the Royal Palace. His son, Alfonso X, initiated the first works and ordered the construction of the Gothic Palace. In the 13th century, the Spanish Reconquista was in full swing and the area was soon reclaimed by the Catholic Kings of Spain who claimed the palace as their own. This marks the beginning of a new era for the palace, one under which elements of Gothic, Renaissance and Romanesque design were combined to the original Islamic structure leading to the unique blend of styles known as Mudéjar. . Since 1987, The Real Alcázar has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is considered to be one of the most outstanding examples of mudéjar art to exist today. The Real Alcázar has also been the scene of several film productions, such as The Kingdom of Heaven and Game of Thrones. . #palace #castle #fortress #architecture #art #moorish #mudejar #christian #islamic #history #heritage #worldheritage #unescoworldheritage #unesco #gameofthrones #alcazar #seville #sevilla #andalucia #andalucía #andalusia #españa #spain

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I have love-hate relationship with traveling. I love visiting new places but I hate flying, particularly when I sit next to the window. But hey, the view is good! . . #travel #traveling #traveler #fly #flying #flight #plane #airplane #aircraft #viewfromabove #greenery #field #countryside #landscape #andalucia #españa #spain

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Visiting the most iconic landmark in Barcelona. And also the home for the tomb of Antoni Gaudí. . . Gaudí worked on his masterpiece, Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família (Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family), since 1882 until his death in 1926, at which point an estimated 15-25% of the total design. Since then a series of architects have attempted to continue his legacy. Progress on Sagrada Família’s construction has faced a few setbacks over the past 130+ years. Some projections have Sagrada Família’s completion date as 2026, while others estimate construction could continue into the 2040s. Though a long ways from being completed, it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. . When complete, it will be composed of three major facades, two of which — the Passion facade (represents the suffering of Jesus during his Crucifixion) and the Nativity façade (represents Christ’s birth) — have already been completed, while construction of the Glory façade (symbolizes Jesus’ death and resurrection and his present and future Glory) remains ongoing. Also, it will have 18 towers: 12 of the towers will represent the apostles, four of them will represent the evangelists, one will be designated for the Virgin Mary, and of course the last one, the highest one in the middle, will represent Jesus Christ. However, right now there are only eight towers. . The church’s interior is defined by columns that stretch like tree branches toward the ceiling, creating a concrete forest inside. When built, the tallest spire, which symbolizes Jesus Christ, will secure Sagrada Família’s place as the world’s largest church building. . #sagradafamilia #lasagradafamilia #basilica #church #landmark #gaudi #gaudí #architect #architecture #facade #interiordesign #interior #design #art #unesco #unescoworldheritage #barcelona #catalunya #catalonia #catalan #españa #spain

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For me, the secret of the beauty of Casa Batlló is the natural light that can come to the room through its unique architecture. Gaudí is truly a genius! . . Also known among locals as the “House of Bones,” since Casa Battló’s facade has a visceral, skeletal look. It was built in 1877 by Emilio Sala Cortés, commissioned by Lluís Sala Sánchez, for the middle-class Batlló family who purchased the building in 1900 due to its central location and (originally) undesirable appearance. Between 1904 and 1906, Gaudi’s redesign of the facade and interior of the structure made the address priceless. There are virtually no straight lines in the entire design of Casa Batlló. . On the last picture we can see how magnificent the light shines from the top to the bottom of the building. The light wells shimmer with tiles of deep-sea blue. When we climb the stairs, the light will get darker and more blue along the way we reach the top, it’s like we are drowning to the ocean. Gaudí enlarged the light well and covered the walls entirely in relief glazed tiles in varying shades of blue, which are darker in color at the top and lighter towards the bottom, thus achieving an even distribution of the light. . #casabatllo #casabatlló #gaudi #gaudí #architect #architecture #interiordesign #design #art #artnouveau #house #building #light #naturallight #barcelona #catalunya #catalonia #catalan #españa #spain

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I always admire Gaudí‘s works. And finally I can see it with my own eyes. This one is La Pedrera, also called Casa Milà. It‘s beyond words! ❤️ . . The Casa Milà is so named after the person who originally commissioned its construction, Pere Milà, although his wealthy wife, Roser Segimon, largely funded the project. Constructed between 1906 and 1912 by Antoni Gaudí and declared as a UNESCO World Heritage in 1984 for a cultural centre and a symbol of Catalan Art Nouveau period, Casa Milà got "La Pedrera" as its nickname because of the unusual construction. The large stone slabs of the facade were attached first and then worked on by the stonemasons. And the facade, with its irregular shapes, reminds of a quarry. Yes, "La Pedrera" means the quarry house. Its architecture and design did not merely mimic nature; such as tree, skull, corn, shells etc etc; it was a result of attentive and intelligent observation of natural forms and functional characteristics. . Casa Milà is the last building of Gaudí, before he devoted himself completely to the construction of the Sagrada Familia. Also, Casa Milà was designed to be a spiritual symbol of the Catholic religion, with an excerpt from the Rosary prayer on the cornice and planned statues of Mary, specifically Our Lady of the Rosary, and two archangels, St. Michael and St. Gabriel. . #lapedrera #casamila #casamilà #gaudi #gaudí #architect #architecture #design #quarry #building #house #art #artnouveau #unesco #unescoworldheritage #barcelona #catalunya #catalonia #catalan #españa #spain

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A way to enjoy the German Corner. But in a weather like this, the cable cars are mostly empty. . . The Deutsches Eck ("German Corner") is a place where two rivers, Father Rhine and Mother Moselle, meet. Recently, UNESCO has recognised the area's outstanding beauty by awarding it world heritage status. Named after a local commandry of the Teutonic Order (Deutscher Orden), it became known for a monumental equestrian statue of William I, first German Emperor, erected in 1897 in appreciation of his merits in the unification of Germany. . Koblenz also owes its name to the meeting point of the Rhine and the Moselle - from “Castellum apud Confluentes”, Latin for “fort at the confluence”, which over time became the current name of Koblenz. . #cablecar #gondola #fluss #river #rivers #corner #fortress #statue #heritage #worldheritage #unescoworldheritage #unesco #winter #rhein #rhine #moselle #mosel #koblenz #rheinlandpfalz #rhinelandpalatinate #germany #deutschland

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One for sorrow; Two for mirth; (or luck) Three for wedding; (or celebration) Four for death; (or birth) Five for silver; Six for gold; Seven for a secret, not to be told; Eight for heaven; Nine for hell; And ten for the devil, his own self. . . 📜 Old nursery rhyme in Denham's Proverbs and Popular Saying of the Seasons (London, 1846). . Of the many superstitions associated with crows and their corvid cousins, the ravens and the magpies, counting crows seems to be the most popular. Keep in mind that this only applies if crows (or ravens or magpies) are unusual to our area or to the spot we are observing them. If they live nearby, it's not an omen. It's just corvids hanging out. It is said that if our count tallies up to bad luck, (especially if our count is One) that our bad luck can be countered by greeting the corvid in question, "Greetings Mr. Crow/Raven/Magpie! I salute you!". The tradition began sometime in the 1600s. There are many rhymes associated with the superstition that can be used for clapping and jump rope games, as well as to help you remember your omens. The earliest version of the rhyme was recorded in 1780 in a note in John Brand's Observations on Popular Antiquities. John Brand was an English antiquarian and Church of England clergyman who was appointed Secretary to the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1784. The phrase "popular antiquities" later became known as folklore, a term coined by William John Thoms in 1846. . #superstition #omen #nurseryrhymes #rhymes #proverbs #tradition #folklore #literature #corvids #crows #raven #birds #branches #tree #winter #greysky #cloudy #kiel #schleswigholstein #germany #deutschland

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Thank you for the amazing show, Ms. @kylieminogue. It’s like traveling back to the 80s with the stage act, costumes and the disco ball! ❤️ . . #kylieminogue #golden #goldentour #goldentour👑 #tour #concert #show #performance #stage #lights #discoball #saturdaynight #myeventpic #hamburg #germany #deutschland

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Sunset hunters... . . It‘s a #throwback post. Because I missed the sun and I need the heat of summer... . #dusk #twilight #sunset #sun #sky #eveningsky #evening #people #crowd #viewfromthetop #cityview #cityscape #landscape #acropolis #athens #greece

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