Travel photography: Spain
Cities and Architecture - Part 2
November 14, 2015
Due to its strategic position on the Mediterranean, Cartagena was inhabited by a variety of ancient societies and has a very interesting history to show for. Once belonging to the Carthaginian civilization (hence the name) the city was the starting point of Hannibal's invasion of Italy in the Second Punic War. Nowadays it's still one of Spain's major ports.
Granada and the Alhambra
Granada is in my opinion as underhyped as Barcelona is overhyped. I hadn't even planned to visit it at first but thankfully changed my mind last minute. Although I only spent one afternoon there, it is in retrospect by far the city I liked most of the whole trip.
Located on the foot of the Sierra Nevada at an altitude of about 700 meters the old town is situated on and in between two hills and has just the right size for being easily explorable on foot.
The Alhambra is one of Spain's major tourist attractions and a prime example of the Moorish style of Islamic art. The fortress was the seat of the Nasrid dynasty for about 150 years until it was conquered by the catholic monarchs of Spain in the course of the Reconquista.
Malaga and Seville
Casa de Pilatos
The Casa de Pilatos is a prime example of the Andalusian palace and a mixture of Renaissance Italian and Mudéjar Spanish styles. It contains a variety of fine arts in the form of paintings, furniture and roman antiquities. It was also the location for various movies such as Mission: Impossible II, 1492: The conquest of paradise or Lawrence of Arabia.
Plaza de España
The famous square in the Park of Maria Luisa in Seville is a half circle formed by the surrounding Building. This "hug" is meant to be a symbolism for Spain hugging its South American colonies (which I find amusing since hugging is not quite what the Conquistadores were famous for). The single road leading to the Canal de Alfonso XIII is also meant to lead the way to the new world.
I loved the Plaza de España since it is so photogenic. It doesn't matter where you are on the square there is always an interesting composition possible.
The next article in the Spain series deals with a very different topic than the last two. I don't want to spoil anything at this point, but what I can say is that some animals will be involved for sure! See it here.
Thanks for reading!