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 #41 · Posted: 20 Feb 2016 23:05 
Montserrat, Catalonia, Spain 2015.
Montserrat is a mountain top monastery in Catalonia, Spain. Situated atop an unusual rock mountain, it is very popular among Catalans,
and Catholic pilgrims come from far and wide to see the Black Madonna. The monastery is Catalonia's most important religious retreat at
1236 meters (4055 ft) above the valley floor.
It is one of the black Madonnas of Europe. Believed by some to have been carved in Jerusalem in the early days of the church, it is a Romanesque
sculpture in wood from the late 12th century. Legend has it that the Benedictine monks could not move the statue to construct their monastery,
choosing to instead build around it. The statue's sanctuary is located at the rear of the chapel, where an altar of gold surrounds the icon, and is
now a site of pilgrimage. Lady of Montserrat

You can take train from Barcelona to the valey, than take cable car to top of the mountain.

The 12th century Black Madonna sculpture behind this door for prayers - no picture allowed.

Prayers' candles.

If you have time for hiking, Montserrat has many trails with excellent panoramic views.

 #42 · Posted: 20 Feb 2016 22:03 
Barcelona, Spain 2015.
Barcelona is the capital and largest city of Catalonia and Spain's second largest city, located directly on the northeastern Mediterranean coast of Spain,
has a rich history, having been under Roman, then Frank law before declaring its independence. In 1992, Barcelona gained international recognition by
hosting the Olympic games which brought a massive upturn in its tourism industry.

A wooden pedestrian bridge - the Rambla de Mar - connects Barcelona's inner city via the Rambla with the Moll d'Espanya, where we find the Maremgnum,
a complex with shops, cinemas, discos, bars and restaurants.

Nigth market.

Bull fightinng stadium was converted to shopping center.

Bull fighting poster and trophy.

City pictured from Museum of Art.

Museum of Art in background.

The Gothic Quarter is the centre of the old city of Barcelona. Despite several changes undergone in the 19th and early 20th century, many of the buildings date from Medieval times,
some from as far back as the Roman settlement of Barcelona. Remains of the squared Roman Wall can be seen.

Somehow I do like this picture.. very romantic!

La Rambla is a street in central Barcelona, popular with tourists and locals alike. A tree-lined pedestrian mall, connecting Plaa de Catalunya in the centre with the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell.

Columbus Monument is a 60 m tall monument to Christopher Columbus at the lower end of La Rambla. It was
constructed for the Exposicin Universal de Barcelona (1888) in honor to Columbus first voyage to the Americas.

 #43 · Posted: 6 Feb 2016 23:30 · Edited by: vulieu 
La Sagrada Famlia, Barcelona, Spain 2015.
The Baslica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Famlia (Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family) is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona,
designed by Spanish architect Antoni Gaud (18521926). Although incomplete, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in November 2010
Pope Benedict XVI consecrated and proclaimed it a minor basilica.
If you have time for only one sightseeing outing, this should be it. La Sagrada Famlia inspires awe by its sheer verticality, and in the manner of the
medieval cathedrals it emulates, its still under construction after more than 100 years. When completed, the highest tower will be more than half as
high again as those that stand today.

Unfinished it may be, but it attracts around 2.8 million visitors a year and is the most visited monument in Spain - pictured from Park Guell.

Other Entrance.

Ceiling - Gaudi designed columns to mirror trees and branches.

Sunlights through colour glasses.

An anticipated completion date of 2026, La Sagrada Familia will look like these 4 sides:

 #44 · Posted: 30 Jan 2016 19:28 · Edited by: vulieu 
Park Guell, Bacellona, Spain 2015.
The Park Gell is a public park system composed of gardens and architectonic elements located on Carmel Hill, in Barcelona, Spain. The park was
designed by Antoni Gaud, a renowned architect and the face of Catalan modernism. The park was built between 1900 and 1914 and was officially
opened as a public park in 1926. In 1984, UNESCO declared the park a World Heritage Site under Works of Antoni Gaud.

Park Gell is the reflection of Gauds artistic plenitude, which belongs to his naturalist phase (first decade of the 20th century). During this period,
the architect perfected his personal style through inspiration from organic shapes. He put into practice a series of new structural solutions rooted
in the analysis of geometry (some pictures borrowed from internet for better view).

Front entrance.

Entering the park back entrance with steep road and long escalator.


Other Gaudi's buildings: Casa Mila (left) and Casa Balio (right)
Casa Mila, popularly known as La Pedrera, meaning the 'The Quarry'), is a modernist building in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was the last civil work designed by
Catalan architect Antoni Gaud, built between the years 1906 and 1912.
Casa Batll is a renowned building located in the center of Barcelona and is one of Antoni Gauds masterpieces.

 #45 · Posted: 24 Jan 2016 19:35 · Edited by: vulieu 
Seville, Spain 2015, known as the birthplace of Flamenco Dance.
Flamenco Dance is an artform native to the Spanish regions of Andalusia, Extremadura and Murcia. It includes cante (singing), toque (guitar playing), baile (dance)
and jaleo (vocalizations and palmas (handclapping) and pitos (finger snapping)).
In recent years flamenco has become popular all over the world and is taught in many non-Hispanic countries, especially United States and Japan. In Japan
there are more flamenco academies than there are in Spain. On November 16, 2010 UNESCO declared flamenco one of the Masterpieces of the Oral
and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

Video was allowed only after main performance, each artist performed individually for saying goodbye. The dance was artistic, enegetic and fun.. highly recommended!
Set video quality to HD (720p) when playing.

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 #46 · Posted: 24 Jan 2016 19:08 · Edited by: vulieu 
La Bouqeria, Barcelona, Spain 2015.
The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, often simply referred to as La Boqueria is a large public market in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain and one of the city's foremost tourist
landmarks, with an entrance from La Rambla, not far from the Liceu, Barcelona's opera house.

In Spain, pork is serious business; its been a fundamental part of the diet here for millennia. Pigs were an important animal on the first Celtic farms and also for the Iberians.

Ham thighs hung all over place for sale at a public bar.

 #47 · Posted: 15 Aug 2015 19:13 
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Cappadocia, Turkey 2015.
The magnificent Cappadocian landscape with its incredible fairy chimney rock formations -- the feeling is both serene and sublime. Cappadocia is a geological oddity of honeycombed
hills and towering boulders of otherworldly beauty. The fantastical topography is matched by the human history here. People have long utilised the region's soft stone, seeking
shelter underground and leaving the countryside scattered with fascinating troglodyte-style architecture.

An abandoned 2-story house.

Underground Cities - One of the characteristics of Cappadocia is having plenty of underground cities. Its known that there are more than a hundred of underground settlements in
the region and many of them are not open for visits. The underground cities, which are guessed to be used since the Bronze Age, used to be a settlement mostly in Byzantine period,
doubtless. In this period, increasing invasions forced local residents to build underground cities for protection and religious purposes.

Huge round stone used as gate to block enemy invasion.

 #48 · Posted: 15 Aug 2015 18:39 
Cappadocia, Turkey 2015.
Open Air Museum in Goreme Valley and the subterranean refuges of Derinkuyu and Kaymaklı are the most famous sights.
The Goreme Open-Air Museum resembles a vast monastic complex composed of scores of refectory monasteries placed side-by-side, each with its own fantastic church. It is
obviously the first sight to be visited by any traveler in Cappadocia. The area covered by this Open Air Museum forms a coherent geographical entity and represents historical unity.
There are eleven refectories within the Museum, with rock-cut churches tables and benches. Each is associated with a church. Most of the churches in Goreme Open Air Museum
belong to the 10th, 11th and 12th centuries.

 #49 · Posted: 15 Aug 2015 18:21 · Edited by: vulieu 
Ankara, Turkey 2015.
Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk, founder and first president of the Turkish Republic. Leading up to the Mausoleum, also known as the Anitkabir, lies a vast brick courtyard and
monumental avenue lined with NeoHittite stone statues and cenotaphs beneath its colonnades. The most noted cenotaphs within the complex are those of General Ismet Inonu,
a close comrade of Ataturk's and his successor, and that of Ataturk himself, a large and highly decorative marble cenotaph, beneath which lies his tomb. <br>Continue to the
Anatolian Civilizations Museum - built in two Ottoman buildings located near Ankara Castle. The Museum, being among exceptional museums with its unique collection, exhibits
Anatolian archaeological artifacts, as well as artifacts from the Paleolithic Age to the present.

Viagra Market! Turkish humor?

Turkey was still very cold in April, so bring your jacket.

 #50 · Posted: 1 Aug 2015 16:01 · Edited by: vulieu 
Mevlana Museum, Konya, Turkey 2015.

For Muslims and non-Muslims alike, the main reason to come to Konya is to visit the Mevlana Museum, also known as the Green Mausoleum or Green Dome,
the former lodge of the whirling dervishes. It's Celaleddin Rumi (later known as Mevlana) that we have to thank for giving the world the
whirling dervishes and, indirectly, the Mevlna Museum.

For Muslims, this is a very holy place, and more than 1.5 million people visit it a year, most of them Turkish. You will see many people praying for Rumi's help.

Sarcophagus of Mevlana.


Whirling Dervish performance; their captivating mystical ritual connects one in infinite spinning to perfect harmony to free the soul from worldly affairs and elevate it closer to God.

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