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FROM The man in the front seat / July 14, 2013

Las Meninas – Diego Velásquez

All museums have a showpiece a work that stands out from the rest, for the Prado Museum in Madrid that is Diego Velásquez’s – Las Meninas (the Maids of Honour). During the 1640’s Velásquez was promoted to Royal painter and curator of the then King’s, Phillip IV, expanding art collection. In 1656, after working for the royal house for 33 years, he painted, what is considered one of the most analysed paintings in Western art, Las Meninas. The young princess, Margaret Theresa, is surrounded by her maids of honour, a […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / July 14, 2013

Burgos Cathedral (Burgos)

Begun in 1221, and in use as a church only 9 years later, the Cathedral of Burgos is one of the most impressive examples of Gothic architecture in Spain. Although inspired by the Cathedrals of Paris & Reims, in France, it also has a feel of the Cathedral in Cologne as 15th century additions where by Juan of Cologne. The building is built with the floor plan of a Latin cross measuring 106m (380ft) long with aisles that containing 15 chapels. Its magnificent western façade is crowned by two 84m […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / July 12, 2013

Running of the Bulls – San Fermin Festival

The San Fermin Festival is celebrated every year in the city of Pamplona, Spain between 6-14th July. More than a 1 million people crowd into Pamplona during the 9 days to participate in many celebrations but without a doubt the most famous, probably the most famous in Spain, is the Running of the Bulls. Each morning at 8am between 7th – 14th July people run the 825m (0.51m) from the Corralillos to the Plaza de Toros hotly pursued by 6 raging bulls. The event is over within 5min as the […]

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