Architectural detail, Santa Maria la Blanca,Toledo, Spain

Architectural detail from Santa María la Blanca in Toledo, Spain. Originally built as early as CE 180 as a synagogue, Saint Mary the White is now a museum owned and preserved by the Catholic Church. The use of Mudéjar (Moorish) architecture for a Jewish place of worship during the reign of King Alfonso VIII of Castile is seen by many as a symbol of the co-existence during the Middle Ages of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism in what is now Spain.  In 1405, the Jews were violently expelled from the synagogue, and it was used as a church, a monastery, and later, a sword workshop. The building, the third most visited historic site in Toledo, was declared a national memorial in 1856 and restored.  It is currently not used for religious purposes.

Discovering beautiful places like this is how I salve my wanderlust.


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Juxtaposing Styles

When Moorish Meets Renaissance

Detail from the Mezquita, the Great Mosque of Cordoba, which combines portions of a Moorish mosque and a Ren, Cordoba, Spain

Detail from the interior of the Mezquita, the Great Mosque of Cordoba. Originally a Moorish mosque begun in AD 711,  when  Córdoba returned to Christian rule in 1236 during the Reconquista, the mosque was converted to a Roman Catholic church. In the 16th century, a Renaissance cathedral nave was built in the middle of the mosque.

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CB&W: Letter L or M – Music

Music and Dance

Music for the sardana, a Catalan circle dance, in the square in front of the Cathedral in Barcelona,Spain

On Saturday evenings, a small orchestra plays music on the steps of the Cathedral in Barcelona, Spain while the sardana, a traditional Catalan circle dance, is performed on Plaça Nova.  The sardana is a symbol of Catalan cultural identity, representing regional pride and Catalonia’s distinct identity from the rest of Spain.

CB&W: Letter L or M – Music

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