Time travel in Spain
Europe’s time capsule to a fascinating past
One of the most sought-after and best European destinations, Spain has lived through a rich past that saw nomadic tribes claim their stake on the land. This, in turn, led to them leaving their personal mark on the local atmosphere and culture, with gothic churches, stylized architecture, charming cobblestoned streets and delicious cuisine.
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Once one of the largest roman cities in Spain, and a great caliphate of the Moors, Cordoba is hands down the best looking historical site with its intricate architecture and amazing culture. While the historic centre of Cordoba rightfully earns its UNESCO heritage title thanks to a strong bygone era vibe, it’s the stunning Mosque ‘Mezquita’, a powerful testament of Moorish architecture’s artistic brilliance, that really speaks volumes of the glorious multicultural past of Cordoba.
Seville Cathedral, Seville
The largest Gothic cathedral and third-largest church in the world leaves all its visitors dumbstruck by its sheer scale. Once you get used to the magnificent sight in front of you, its intriguing past catches your attention. For example, this fifteenth century cathedral occupies the site of the former great mosque built in the late twelfth century and on close observation, you can still spot the mosque’s minaret (the Giralda), towering beside the main structure.
Merida Roman Theatre, Merida
Located in Mérida, one of the largest and most extensive archaeological sites in Spain, this ancient Roman theatre served multiple purposes. Apart from being a platform for entertainment, this was the place where several Moorish kings sat to discuss and decide important decisions concerning the city. While the life-sized human murals and intricate architectural design is sure to keep you hooked, you can also enjoy the Festival de Mérida (Festival of Classical Theatre of Mérida) that takes place there.
Another stunner from Seville hits this list with its grandeur. If one were to compare all the historical places in Spain, the Alcazar in Seville would emerge as the prettiest among them all. Walk around this lavish specimen of Moorish architecture, as you admire the tranquil gardens and pavilions that look just as beautiful as they did in the 9th century. Definitely a must visit on every trip to Spain.
La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
This iconic structure seems like it’s stuck in a time warp in the middle of modern-day Barcelona. Its stylized Gothic architecture is pure eye candy but you would be even more surprised when you realize that the structure is yet to be completed. The building which began construction in 1882 is aiming for completion in 2026.
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