LITERATURA_JACINTO BENAVENTE (MADRID) 

JACINTO BENAVENTE   Jacinto Benavente (1866-1954, Madrid) was a Spanish writer, critic and dramatist. The relevance of his lengthy work lies in the introduction of European notions and influence on Spanish theatre. Benavente has been criticized because of the frivolous and sardonic spirit of his plays. However, we cannot take importance away from his role as Read more about LITERATURA_JACINTO BENAVENTE (MADRID) […]

John of the Cross (San Juan de la Cruz) Segovia

John of the Cross John of the Cross was not born in Segovia. However, he stayed in this city from 1574 to 1591. Saint John arrived in Segovia accompanying Saint Teresa of Jesus in 1574. They founded the convent of Discalced Carmelites of San José. Later, in 1580, Saint John of the Cross went back Read more about John of the Cross (San Juan de la Cruz) Segovia[…]

GASTRONOMY (GASTRONOMÍA) – MADRID

Gastronomy Madrid traditional gastronomy is part of the Castilian gastronomy, of which it preserves culinary characteristics inherited from the time of Philip II: Cocido madrileño Callos a la madrileña Sopa de ajo (garlic soup) Casquería (offal) Tortilla de patatas (potatoes omelette) Bocadillo de calamares (squid baguette) Patatas bravas Chopitos Gallinejas Some of these ‘typical from Read more about GASTRONOMY (GASTRONOMÍA) – MADRID[…]

The royal gardens (Los Reales Jardines) La Granja de San Idelfonso

The royal gardens They are one of the best examples in garden design from the 18th century Europe. The gardens surround the palace and are six kilometres long. They were designed by the French landscaper René Carlier, who took advantage of the natural slopes that encircle the building to create different perspectives. He also employed Read more about The royal gardens (Los Reales Jardines) La Granja de San Idelfonso[…]

LEGENDS (LEYENDAS) – THE GALGOS (MATAPOZUELOS)

The galgos A hunter from Madrid went every year to hunt with his greyhounds to Matapozuelos. When he hunted in Madrid, the dogs slaughtered almost all the hares. However, when he hunted in Matapozuelos, the greyhounds didn’t hunt a single animal. When his fellows asked him how he dogs had run in Matapozuelos, he answered Read more about LEGENDS (LEYENDAS) – THE GALGOS (MATAPOZUELOS)[…]

HISTORIA DE ALCALÁ DE HENARES (HISTORY OF ALCALÁ DE HENARES)

  HISTORY OF ALCALÁ DE HENARES The origin of the city dates back to the Celtiberian age (Ikesankom Kombouto or Iplacea), but it is with the arrival of the Romans when a notable town named Complutum was formed. Within its more than four centuries of existence, it reached an importance that endured throughout the whole Read more about HISTORIA DE ALCALÁ DE HENARES (HISTORY OF ALCALÁ DE HENARES)[…]

ALCALÁ DE HENARES  

ALCALÁ DE HENARES Alcalá de Henares is a Spanish city, whose district stretches over La Alcarria region. Its territory belongs to the Community of Madrid, and it is the capital city of the Region of Alcalá located in the basin of the Henares River, to the east of the region, it has a population of Read more about ALCALÁ DE HENARES  […]

El Convento (convent) de San Bernardo (ALCALÁ DE HENARES)

The Convento (convent) de San Bernardo The Cardinal Bernardo de Sandoval founded this convent in 1618 for the Cistercian nuns. It is the most important Baroque historical building in the city. The austere brick facade hides a magnificent oval floor interior, whose original church, instead of an altarpiece, it has a curious baldachin that makes Read more about El Convento (convent) de San Bernardo (ALCALÁ DE HENARES)[…]

La casa de la Entrevista (The House of the Interview) ALCALÁ DE HENARES

The House of the Interview The Casa de la Entrevista is the old monastery of San Juan de la Penitencia, founded at the end of the 15th century by Cisneros, in order to gather the Franciscan nuns’ convent, and also to harbor the school of Santa Isabel for poor ladies and a women’s hospital. Cisneros’ Read more about La casa de la Entrevista (The House of the Interview) ALCALÁ DE HENARES[…]

CAMINOS DE SANTIAGO EN ESPAÑA

         CAMINOS DE SANTIAGO EN ESPAÑA CAMINO FRANCÉS – CAMINO CATALÁN – CAMINO DE LEVANTE – RUTA MADRID/ COMPLUTENSE – RUTA DE LA PLATA – CAMINO DEL NORTE – CAMINO INGLÉS                                       EN ESPAÑA CAMINO FRANCÉS CAMINO CATALÁN CAMINO DE LEVANTE Read more about CAMINOS DE SANTIAGO EN ESPAÑA[…]