pfs1354 SPAIN: Cáceres

Cáceres is a city in western Spain’s Extremadura region. Founded by the ancient Romans, it retains widespread evidence of subsequent occupation by many different cultures. Its old town, Ciudad Monumental, has a mix of Gothic and Renaissance architecture, with cobbled medieval streets, fortified houses and palaces. Encircled by 12th-century Moorish walls, it also has around 30 towers, some occupied by nesting storks

Cáceres, Arco de la Estrella
Arco de la Estrella
An entrance to the monumental city of Cáceres, baroque in style, it was built by Manuel Lara de Churriguera in the 18th century on top of the ruins of another doorway where Catholic Monarch, Queen Isabel of Castile, swore to defend the town charter.
Its outstanding feature lies in the slanting shape of the archway, which back then allowed carriages through and to turn around. But before entering the old part of the city, it is worth having a last look at the arch. The top houses the shrine of the Virgen de la Estrella (Our Lady of the Star), a small chapel. The bishop of the time claimed jurisdiction and was opposed to its construction. He obviously did not get his way.

medieval roman catholic cross from Spain

Aljibe andalusí
Cáceres Museum: the Islamic cistern, dated between the 10th and 12th centuries.

Cáceres Museum, neolithic stone
Cáceres Museum: neolithic stone

pfs1378 SPAIN -Alhambra

Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. It was originally constructed as a small fortress in AD 889 on the remains of Roman fortifications, and then largely ignored until its ruins were renovated and rebuilt in the mid-13th century by the Nasrid emir Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar of the Emirate of Granada, who built its current palace and walls. It was converted into a royal palace in 1333 by Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada. After the conclusion of the Christian Reconquista in 1492, the site became the Royal Court of Ferdinand and Isabella (where Christopher Columbus received royal endorsement for his expedition), and the palaces were partially altered in the Renaissance style.
In 1526 Charles I & V commissioned a new Renaissance palace better befitting the Holy Roman Emperor in the revolutionary Mannerist style influenced by humanist philosophy in direct juxtaposition with the Nasrid Andalusian architecture, but it was ultimately never completed due to Morisco rebellions in Granada.
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Alhambra, Spain
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