Top 10 Places in Spain - 2017



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In 1st place is the Sardinero. The Sardinero stretches 230 feet back from the waters edge.
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In 2nd place is the Altamira. UNESCO declared the cave with its paintings a World Heritage Site The cave was formed through collapses in the rock of Mount Vispieres. During the 1960s and 1970s, the paintings were being damaged by the CO2 from its visitors. Forcing closure to the public in 1977, but reopened in 1982. J Other caves in northern Spain contain Palaeolithic art, but none is as complex or well-populated as Altamira.
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In 3rd place is the Roman Theatre. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993 The tiers of seating were divided in three sections which would have been the lower section, or ima caveaa, the middle section, media, and the upper, summa. These sections would have been separated for different classes of citizens. Where the upper would be reserved for the poorest of citizens. The theatre was also divided into to five cross sections as well.
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In 4th place is the Cathedral Of San Salvador. a UNESCO World Heritage site Archbishop Pelayo, who in the 12th Century was responsible for the restoration of its oldest sections, was known as the ``Chronicler``. He was responsible for the acquisition of the Agatha Box, and the Church’s most prized possession, a blood stained rag described in John 20:7, that is said to be used by Jesus himself.
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In 5th place is the La Giralda. The statue that now sits atop the tower, is now a copy, called ``Faith`` There are no stairs inside to access the top of the tower, only 35 slowly inclining ramps, wide enough to allow two guards on horseback to pass each other (http://www.sacred-destinations.com/spain/seville-giralda)
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In 6th place is the Avila. There are 9 gates standing guard over the walled city, and 88 semicircular towers. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also the largest fully lit monument. The city is located 1131metres above Sea Level, and was the home of the Vettones in the Pre-Roman times of 5BC
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In 7th place is the Loarre Castle. There are two original towers still standing today including the Homage Tower, and Tower of the Queen. The Homage Tower was built as a gate, and had a wooden drawbridge attached to it. In 1097, Peter I of Aragon, donated the canons and anything else of value to a Royal Monastery in Montearagon, Spain
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In 8th place is the Alcazar Of Segovia. Aside from a fortress, the castle served as a Royal Palace in the mid 1500`s, then a prison until 1762 when the Royal Artillery School began to call it home until 1862 when a massive fire forced them to relocate. Once the building was repaired, it was used as a Military College for the Ministry of War, and now a major tourist stop.
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In 9th place is the El Escorial. El Real Monasterio de El Escorial sees over half of a million visitors per year. Currently the location of the Order of Saint Augustine Monastery, and formerly for the Hieronymite Monks. In 1984, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site The entire structure covers over 34000sq ft and is 224m long by 153m wide, which is almost double the size of its original construction.
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In 10th place is the Madrid. The name Madrid comes from the arabic "magerit" which means 'place of many streams'. Madrid is 300 km from the sea Madrid is located on a plateau 650 metres above sea level. It is the highest capital city in Europe. Madrid enjoys more cloudless days than almost any other city in Europe. Madrid has two main railway stations: Chamartín (north) and Atocha (south) The airport of Madrid is called Barajas and is just outside the city. According to FIFA, Real Madrid FC is the world's most successful football club of the 20th century. Their stadium is called Bernabéu, and is located in Chamartín in the North of Madrid. The capacity is 85,000 spectators.
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