Photo of the Week, Giralda Bell Tower

Giralda Bell Tower

Giralda in Seville, Spain is the bell tower of the Cathedral of Seville which is the 3rd biggest church in the world. In the 12th century, it was a minaret, until Christians arrived, conquered the area and made it a bell tower. Standing at 98 meters, it dominates the skyline of the historic city of Seville. At the top, the city is laid bare in all its ancient glory.

At the east coast of Spain is tucked the charming city of Valencia, which has a bewitching mix of monuments of yore, splendid beaches and a jolly weather. The Valencia cathedral, built in the 13th century with several architectural styles, is simply compelling, as are the avant-garde buildings at the City of Arts and Sciences.

Legendary artist Picasso’s most famous art piece, Guernica, is found in Madrid’s Reina Sofia Museum. The painting is popular for its dramatic plea against terror and war. The Royal palace is stylish with Baroque design, and it houses the dramatic, otherworldly hall of mirrors.

Barcelona is a juxtaposition of the ancient and the modern, with the several magnificent buildings of the architecture genius Antoni Gaudi, and the Gothic Quarter, the city’s oldest place. At the Gothic quarter, no matter how much time you look around, you are bound to happen upon yet another enchanting plaza or a mysterious alley.