Cathedral Palma de Mallorca - Spain

Cathedral of Mallorca in Palma de MallorcaThe precise time period for the restoration of the Cathedral of Mallorca was between 1904 and 1914. The then Bishop of Mallorca, Pere Campins Barcelló (1859-1915), came up with idea of restoring his cathedral and on passing through Barcelona on the 18 August, 1901, visited the works of the Temple of the Sagrada Família and had a long exchange of ideas with Antoni Gaudí.

Cathedral of Mallorca main entrance facadeGaudi prepared his project, which along general lines consisted of taking down the Baroque altarpiece from the high altar, along with the rest of the Gothic parts joined to its rear section, leaving in view the Episcopal Chair, work of Bishop Berenguer de Balle which was inaugurated on 1 October 1346, move the choir from the centre of the nave and place it in the presbytery, leave clear the chapel of the Trinity, place new choir stalls and pulpits, decorate the cathedral appropriately with electric lighting, reopen the Gothic windows of the Royal Chapel and give them stained-glass windows, place a large baldachin over the high altar and complete the decoration with paintings, curtains, etc. He also planned the installation of the tombs of the kings of Mallorca, Jaume II and Jaume III, in the chapel of the Trinity. Continue reading “Cathedral Palma de Mallorca – Spain

Park Guell - Barcelona - Spain

Entrance at Park Guell Barcelona

In 1899 Eusebi Güell bought some land in the town of Gràcia, in the area of the area of the Salut district, a piece of land known as the Can Muntaner de Dalt as well as the Bald Mountain, the name given to it by the Hieronymite monks from the monastery in Val d’Hebró in memory of Golgotha, the place where Christ was crucified. Continue reading “Park Guell – Barcelona – Spain

Guell Bodegas - Sitges - Spain

Gaudi's Guell Bodegas Main FacadeHis palace completed, Eusebi Güell entrusted Gaudi with the construction of a building for the Guell Bodegas, on  the Garraf coast, south of Barcelona. It is a rocky, wild area overlooking the Mediterranean Sea where there had been a building used as a bodega, which was owned by the Cathedral Chapter of Barcelona. Continue reading “Guell Bodegas – Sitges – Spain

The Oceanarium - Lisbon - Portugal

The Oceanarium Building Lisbon Portugal touristic attraction
Lisbon’s Oceanarium is one of the world’s largest aquariums. Designed by American architect Peter Chermeyeff, it rises from the river and is reached by a footbridge.

Continue reading “The Oceanarium – Lisbon – Portugal

Vasco da Gama Tower - Lisbon - Portugal

Vasco da Gama tower lisbon touristic attractionFrom the Oceanarium, a cable car takes visitors to the futuristic Vasco da Gama Tower.
The Vasco da Gama Tower (Portuguese: Torre Vasco da Gama, is a 145 m lattice tower in Lisbon, Portugal, built over the Tagus river. It is named after Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, who was the first European to arrive in India by sail, in 1498.

Continue reading “Vasco da Gama Tower – Lisbon – Portugal