Pamplona
Located 385 km North-East of Madrid and 160 km South-East of Bilbao, the Basque name of Iruna. The capital of Navarra is also world famous for the race of bulls…

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The Gothic quarter in Barcelona. What to see?
The Gothic quarter is a district of Barcelona, home to magnificent medieval buildings, there are several major monuments. The history of the Gothic quarter is rooted in the very ancient…

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Walk through the Gothic quarter in Barcelona

In Barcelona’s Gothic quarter is actually great to just get lost, going from one narrow streets to another, to wander among the chaotic urban planning, to feel the atmosphere and spirit of the middle ages. My first acquaintance with the Gothic quarter was exactly that – we just wandered and swerved through the streets of the old part of town, but then to our surprise it turned out that we wandered in all corners of the quarter, it was a shame. A year later, I wandered through the Gothic quarter with the card, and was satisfied because he saw all the wealth the area. Map of the Gothic quarter in Barcelona was very convenient, in addition to the medieval picture, as well as a handy diagram of the quarter, it offers and route description of the historical places, best option is not found! Offer to Your attention a medieval picture + scheme quarter.

And now, some history from Wikipedia: actually the name of the quarter received because of its medieval buildings. The quarter begins from Plaza Catalunya, La Rambla stretches from Avenue of via Lautan. Typical of medieval towns chaotic layout is preserved in the Gothic quarter. The quarter consists of narrow winding streets, many of which are closed to travel. Most of the buildings date from the XIV—XV centuries, however, sohranilis Roman monuments. The quarter was inhabited during the reign of Octavian August. Continue reading

Gothic style

Gothic (from the name of the Germanic tribe is ready) style (1150-1500) is represented in various art forms. But it is most fully manifested in the architecture: One of the highest achievements of the Gothic style — the Gothic cathedrals. Powerful columns crowned with pointed arches, huge Windows with colored glass, conical spires of Gothic cathedrals give ease. The building always looks tall and seems even taller.

The exterior is decorated with sculptures, a huge number of columns, which create the impression of lightness and at the same time give the building the necessary strength. The lack of smooth walls especially when compared with buildings of the Romanesque style.

The portal (entrance) to the Cathedral are always decorated with numerous arches, sculptures, turrets, small Windows curly. Smooth walls a little, usually they cut large Windows-sockets. The faces and postures of the figures emphasized realistic, even the folds of the clothes are not frozen, but soft, movable. Continue reading

Brasov – the Romanian Salzburg

Because on the last day before leaving to go skiing I couldn’t because of an injured leg, and until evening we had to do something, I decided to go to t the th writecheck the capital of Transylvania – Brasov, located in 12 kilometers from Poiana Brasov, and slowly, literally on one leg to read it. In the old days the town was known as Brasco, Brasso, Stephanopolis, Kronstadt, and from 1950 to 1960 was called Orasul Stalin (in honor of Joseph Stalin). Today Brasov is often referred to as the Romanian Salzburg, because the appearance of the old part of the city fancy mixed Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and late style of national romanticism.

Pjaca Sfatului, or Council house, is the oldest and the most famous square of Brasov, where there is a large number of medieval buildings, historical and architectural monuments of different times – from the 14th to the 19th century. In the middle of Place Sfatului is a former city Council with a peaked tower of the 15th century, inside which houses the historical Museum. Continue reading