Alhambra, Gaudi, and the Camino de Santiago

Alhambra in Granada

Spain holds the most beautiful Arabian palace. Southern Spain has been under Maury occupation for over 800 years as Africa is very close to Spain along the Mediterranean Sea. It is said that in Malaga, if it is a clear day, you can see Casablanca. So, being such good neighbors they decided to stick for a while, leaving a strong impact on Spanish culture.

The name of the palace is given by a white-flowered tree which covers the entire area around it. The edifice is amazingly well preserved, all chambers and inside gardens, the harem, the throne hall, the surrounding park. It is as if it froze so that we can picture what it used to be like. Entrance fee is required and tour guides in several languages are available.

Gaudi’s Barcelona

The masterpieces of Gaudi’s are admired by architects from across the globe as being among the most distinctive and unique architectural styles. Gaudi’s work was predominantly influenced by forms and shapes found in nature and this shows clearly by his use of twisted iron sculptures, curved construction materials, and a sort of organic-shapes forms which are characteristics and traits of Gaudi’s architecture in Barcelona. There’s no symmetry in Gaudi’s designs, not in the windows, the buildings, the doors. No two of his items are similar.

 

Everything looks alive. Gaudi adorned so many of his beautiful buildings with specially colored and designed tiles that are arranged in the most stunning mosaic patterns. Gaudi’s combination of vibrant colors, interesting shaped stonework, and original design provide spectators with the breathtaking and often overwhelming visual experiences. See also this post about stunning places to visit in Spain.

Camino de Santiago

Traveling the Camino de Santiago in a once-in-a-lifetime experience. A medieval pilgrimage route across Northern Spain, the Camino stretches some 480 miles from its beginning in the Pyrenees to Spain’s northwestern province of Galicia. Declared the “Foremost Cultural Route of Europe” by UNESCO in 1985, as many as 2,000,000 pilgrims traveled the Camino in the Middle Ages to its destination at the tomb of St. James the Apostle, housed in the great Cathedral at Santiago de Compostela.

From sparkling mountains to enchanted valleys, from spectacular cathedrals to pagan remains, the Camino de Santiago offers you a spiritual and intellectual adventure into the past. You will enjoy a cultural, historical, and spiritual voyage into another world as you travel either the “conventional” Camino or the older “Route of the Stars”.

Spend time in a medieval crypt “hidden from the eyes of the world” whose only illumination is “from within”. Wander the cloister of San Juan as you ponder the mysteries kept therein. “I am the Lamb of God”, reads an inscription that has since been removed, for it was not Christ speaking, but John the Baptist. You can join the pilgrims as they ask: What have we not been taught? From silent villages and the memories they keep, to signs and symbols “hidden” on walls, the places, history and myths of the Camino tell one of the most startling stories (n)ever told!

Which was –and is- the “true” Camino? And: Was St. James really buried at Compostela? Led by the hand of the medieval masons, you can follow the Camino to the astonishing information guarded by the underground church. Like the alchemists, philosophers, and magicians of old, we, too, are guided to where the Camino truly …and eternally…. unfolds… In the vein of “The Da Vinci Code”, by Dan Brown, we read the Camino as a “book in stone” that takes us to Santiago, and beyond