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Still in the Cotswolds just driving around.
Built in 1853 it became a school in 1928.
By Brook also known as Bybrook River Is 12 mile long tributary of the Bristol Avon.
While driving around by myself, I stumbled into an absolutely stunning little village. The village boast 91 Listed buildings with several valued in the millions of pounds.
Elm Lodge, The Green is a 5 bedroom freehold detached house – it is ranked as the 2nd most expensive property in the village, with a valuation of £2,439,000.
The pub is a Grade II listed building dating from the 1700s
A grade II listed building dated 1730.
The Close, The Green, Biddestone, Chippenham, Wiltshire, England UK
A Grade II Listed Building dating from the 1700s and largely reconstructed in 1924.
Elm Farm House, The Green, Biddestone, Chippenham, Wiltshire, England UK
A Grade II listed building – Farmhouse, now two houses, late C17 and early C18, much rebuilt c1975.
Church. c880 AD, possibly then cathedral, reputed to be on site of a Roman temple, and incorporating much Roman masonry and brickwork. C11, C12, C16, altered 1829-30,1875-6 and 1888-9, restored 1904-5.
The carving of the name is still visible in the stonework
The Little House
Both are Grade II Listed Buildings
Grade II Listed Building from late 17th / early 18th century.
A Grade II Listed Building early 18th century
A Grade II Listed Building early 18th century that was a malthouse in the 19th century
While in the magnificent Cotswolds, I paid a visit to the old Roman town of Cirencester.
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen is a noted interior designer and British TV personality
The church is a Grade I Listed Building and originates from the 12th century
Just one of many, many pubs that has closed since COVID!
This has been a pub since at least the 1850s and has stories of haunting.
Built in the early 2nd Century, was one of the largest Roman amphitheatres in Britain.
From London we headed to The Cotswolds where we spend a few days.
Built in 1655 and is a Grade 1 Listed Building.
16th-century manor house, built for a gentleman farmer, became a hotel in the 1970s.
Now Tetbury Council Offices and Police Museum – built 1884-1885
Sadly this pub is now permanently closed.
Lunch at the wonderfully historic Waggon & Horses Pub in Marlborough then a visit to the Avebury Henge and Stone Circles (See previous post)
Originally a 17th-century house, two storeys in stone with a thatched roof, is now the Waggon and Horses pub; additions in the late 19th century and early 20th are described as picturesque by Historic England.
The final images from Tarragona and the last of our stay in Spain. Next stop – UK!
Entrance, Marriott Hotel, Avinguda de Roma, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain
Street View, Avinguda de Roma, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain
a.k.a. Tower of The Monks
Steps below Torre de les Monges, Rambla Vella, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain
The Circ Romà is where horse and chariot races were held. It had capacity for 20,000 people. It was built during the reign of Emperor Domitian (81–96 AD) and remained in operation until the 9th century AD. Today it is classified as a World Heritge Site.
Ruins, Circ Romà, Rambla Vella, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain
Sculpture in the Wall, Circ Romà, Rambla Vella, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain
Tunnels, Circ Romà, Rambla Vella, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain
Torre del Pretori, Castell del Rei, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain
a.k.a. – Castle of The King. The Romanesque castle was largely the result of the rehabilitation of a large Roman building that had been part of the provincial forum in the 12th century.
Bricked In, Parròquia de la Santíssima Trinitat, Carrer de Santa Anna, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain
Doorway, Museu Nacional Arqueològic, Plaza del Rei, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain
View to Plaza del Rei from Torre del Pretori o Castell del Rei, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain
Catedral Basílica Metropolitana i Primada de Santa Tecla de Tarragona, Plaza de la Seu, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain
Amfiteatre de Tarragona, Carrer de William J Bryan, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain
The 2nd image was photographed from the top of The King’s Castle, a building traditionally known as the Roman pretories of Augustus or Pilate Tower. The amphitheatre is a World Heritage site constructed in the 2nd century. It could hold up to 15,000 spectators for Roman events.
Plaque, Subdelegación de Defensa en Tarragona, Rambla Vella, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain
Department of Defense
Monument a Jacint Verdaguer, Plaça de Mossèn Cinto Verdaguer, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain
Castillo Almonacid de Toledo, Almonacid, Toledo, Castile-La Mancha, Spain
This castle was not far from Toledo on the outskirts of the town of Almonacid. The first documentary reference on this castle dates from 848 and is of origin Muslim, when it served as a strategic point of surveillance of an old road to La Mancha. In the 11th century became the property of Alfonso VI de León as part of the dowry his wife Zaida and daughter of the Moorish king. Later, in December 1086, it was donated by Alfonso VI to the Cathedral of Santa María de Toledo, being reformed in the 14th century by mandate of the archbishop of Toledo Pedro Tenorio. It was then used as a prison for. Alfonso Enriquez, Earl of Gijón and of Noreña and son bastard of Enrique II of Castilla, imprisoned by order of his brother Juan I of Castilla. In the 18th century it became part of the properties of the counts of Mora and in 1809 it served as a refuge for the troops of the General Venegas in the fight against French in the Almonacid battle, although in vain, then finally, the castle was conquered by the French troops. In 1839 the municipality's town hall, faced with the economic needs that existed, allowed the residents to take bricks from the fortress to put them up for sale, which meant a great deterioration of the structure.
We took the tourist bus to see Toledo and then drove to some outlying areas.
Capilla de la Estación de Tren de Toledo, Paseo de la Rosa, Toledo, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain (Train station chapel)
Puente de Alcántara, River Tagus, Toledo, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain Built in the 3rd century by the Romans
Ruinas del Convento de Dominicos de San Pablo del Granadal, Avenida de Castilla-La Mancha, Toledo, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Alcázar de Toledo, Calle de la Union, Toledo, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain Alcázar is a stone fortress located in the upper part of Toledo, Spain. Formerly used as a Roman palace in the 13th century, it was restored under Charles I and his son Philip II of Spain in the 1640s. Now it is a wonderful military-historical museum.
Puerta de Bisagra, Calle Real del Arrabal, Toledo, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain Constructed in the 10th century, in the time of the Moorish Taifa of Toledo in Islamic Al-Andalus. It is also called ‘Bisagra Antigua’ to distinguish it from the Puerta de Bisagra Nueva which was built in 1559. The gate was the main entrance to the city and dates from the Moorish period.
Hostal Restaurante Asiático Agripino, Plaza Madrid, Mora, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain A Chinese restaurant in Spain
Bell Tower, Parroquia de Santa María de Altagracia, Plaza Constitución, Mora, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Spanish Civil War Memorial, Parroquia de Santa María de Altagracia, Plaza Castilla-La Mancha, Mora, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Church Doorway, Parroquia de Santa María de Altagracia, Plaza Castilla-La Mancha, Mora, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Avenue, Glorieta de Eusebio Méndez, Calle General Fernández Medrano. Mora, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
After Zaragoza we headed to Madrid but the place was an absolure nightmare so we proceeded to Toledo instead.
Autovia Mudéjar Viaduct, Carretera de Alicante a Francia por Zaragoza, Paniza, Aragón, Spain
The Puerta Baja is one of the most imposing monumental entrances in the entire country. Great in the entire extension of the term, it has huge towers flanking a vast arch of unequaled width and that makes sense to give way to the waters of storms that periodically hover over the city.
The Gate was originally, perhaps in the 13th century, a simple arch defended by a tower. In the fourteenth century the entrance was modified, raising a simple tower with pointed openings (it is the inner half of the tower on the left seen from inside the enclosure).
In the XV century, around 1451, the two towers that flank the arch were erected; in a case, the left tower, adding a body to the existing one, in the one in the tower on the right, always seen from the inside, building it on a new floor; the two towers were crowned with staggered merlons. At this time the central body of the door was modified, opening a gallery of arches. Already in the 16th century the access arch was lowered and the imperial shield of Carlos V was placed
It was rehabilitated between 1987 and 1988 by the Daroca Workshop School to locate the Darocenses Studies Center.
Built in 1638 to enhance the town gate.
The castle was inhabited uninterruptedly from the 12th century to the mid-19th century.It originated as a Moorish fortress (10th-11th century), built over a pre-existing Celtiberian castle. The fortress was used as residence of the lords of the taifa of Molina. El Cid resided here when he was exiled from Castile. In 1129 it was conquered from the Moors by Alfonso I of Aragon.
Parque de La Vega, Calle Cardenal Tavera, Toledo, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
The park dates to medieval times and has always been used for all kinds of social events, including mass prayers.
The traditional rersidence and warehouse for the park guardian. Built in late 19th century.
A musician and composer
The longest river on the Iberian Peninsula at over 1000 km
Constructed in the 10th century, in the time of the Moorish Taifa of Toledo in Islamic Al-Andalus. It is also called ‘Bisagra Antigua’ to distinguish it from the Puerta de Bisagra Nueva which was built in 1559. The gate was the main entrance to the city and dates from the Moorish period.
Old City Walls, Calle de Alfonso VI, Toledo, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
aka; Parroquia de Santiago el Mayor
Santiago del Arrabal is a church in Toledo, Spain, built in 1245–48, at the orders of Sancho II, on the site of an earlier building, possibly a mosque.Many characteristics of Islamic architecture, such as the horseshoe arch, have remained in the present building which is built in the Mudéjar style.
Puerta del Sol, Calle Carretas, Toledo, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Built in the late 14th century by the Knights Hospitaller.
Diputación Provincial de Toledo, Subida de la Granja, Toledo, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Diputación Provincial de Toledo – Provincial Council of Toledo
We leave Barcelona and drive to Zaragoza, the capital of Spain’s Aragon Region.
Las Arenas, Plaça Espanya, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
It opened on June 29, 1900, and its last bullfight was held on June 19, 1977. The building was reopened in 2011 as a shopping mall named Arenas de Barcelona.
The first news of the convent dates from 1235, but the works begin in 1245, taking advantage of a donation of land by King James I. The royal donations followed during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, from the reign of Alfonso the Liberal to the of Peter the Ceremony. In the late 15th century, after the destruction of the convent due to the. civil war de Joan II was asked for help from Pope Alexander XVI, the Roderic Valencian of Borja. The pope attended to the request for help and of this was the master builder Joan Smurfet. With the confiscation of 1835, the convent passed into private hands and became a cotton factory and later a farm.
Iglesia de Santo Tomás de Aquino, Avenida de César Augusto, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain
This sculpture was a gift to the city by Benito Mussolini
Torre de San Francisco de Borja, Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, Paseo de Echegaray y Caballero, Zaragoza, Aragon, SpainDoorways, Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, Paseo de Echegaray y Caballero, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain
Construction of the basilica was begun in 1680
Pillars of Lions, Puente de Piedra, Paseo de Echegaray y Caballero, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain
Also known as “The Bridge of Lions” since 1991 when four lions were placed on the pillars at each end of the bridge.
Cross in memory of Basilio Boggiero, Santiago de Sas and the Baron de Warsage, Puente de Piedra, River Ebro, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain
Cross in Memory of those Killed during the War of Independence – erected in 1908 on the centenary. Also known as Cruiz Basilio – Basil’s Cross
Walkway, Puente de Piedra (Stone Bridge) River Ebro, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain
Puente de Hierro – Iron Bridge
Puente de Nuestra Señora del Pilar – Bridge of Our Lady of the Pillar
Torreon de la Zuda, Avenida de César Augusto, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain
Formerly part of the ancient palace of The Zuda, a Muslim fortress.
Completed in 1725
This was transferred stone by stone from the demolition of the Sora house, which was located in the area where Calle de San Vicente de Paúl was opened.
Last day in Barcelona…
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Some of the Beers enjoyed in Barcelona
The oldest theatre in Barcelona, founded in 1579, built between 1597 and 1603 and rebuilt several times, mainly in 1788 and again in 1848.
Francesc Macià i Llussà; 21 September 1859 – 25 December 1933) was a Catalan politician from Catalonia who served as the 122nd president of the Generalitat of Catalonia, and formerly an officer in the Spanish Army. Politically, he evolved from an initial regenerationism of Spain to the defense of the Catalan Republic, becoming the first president of the restored Generalitat and achieving the first successful establishment of the self-government of Catalonia of modern history.
A four star hotel.
An Antoni Gaudi architectural design
Las Arenas is an old bull-ring now converted to become a major shopping centre.
Built in the 1920s with a definite Venetian influence.
Guàrdia Urbana Ajuntament de Barcelona – Urban Guard Barcelona City Council
The Palau Güell is Antoni Gaudí’s first major work in Barcelona for his patron Eusebi Güell.
Old Building, Farmacia Masana, Carrer de Sant Ramon, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Statue, Old Hospital de la Santa Creu, Carrer de l’Hospital, Barcelona, Spain Stairs, Old Hospital de la Santa Creu, Carrer de l’Hospital, Barcelona, SpainCloister, Old Hospital de la Santa Creu, Carrer de l’Hospital, Barcelona, SpainStatue, Old Hospital de la Santa Creu, Carrer de l’Hospital, Barcelona, SpainStatue, Old Hospital de la Santa Creu, Carrer de l’Hospital, Barcelona, Spain
The Old Hospital de la Santa Creu is a 15th-to-18th-century building complex in Barcelona, which formerly served as a hospital and hospice and currently is the home of the National Library of Catalonia, the Institute for Catalan Studies, the former College of Surgeons, and an art school.