Seven Wonders of Spain

Spain is truly a country of wonders and below are its Seven Wonders

Salamanca Cathedral, Salamanca

Salamanca Cathedral is one of the country’s main attractions. It is a fascinating building with a great dome with basilicas and incredible view from its tower. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Salamanca is a great place for a day trip from Madrid. It is located only two-and-a-half hours north-west of Madrid.

Segovia Aqueduct, Segovia

Aqueduct in Segovia is considered to be the greatest remaining Roman ruin in Spain. Built in the first century AD Segovia Aqueduct is surprisingly well-preserved. It was constructed for transporting water from the Fuente Fria to Segovia. It was used for this very purpose until the 20th century. 

Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, Galicia

Santiago de Campostela is known all over the world for being the greatest pilgrimage route in Europe. It is called the Way of St. James. The cathedral itself is the burial-place of one of the apostles of Jesus Christ - Saint James the Greater. It still preserves its original barrel-vaulted cruciform Romanesque interior. It is one of the largest Romanesque churches in Europe and the largest one in Spain.

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Sagrada Familia is one of Barcelona’s most famous attractions. It was designed by a legendary Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudi. He greatly influenced the architecture and imaga of Barcelona. The majority of his masterpieces are included into the UNESCO World Heritage List altogether with Sagrada Familia. The latter is known for being his biggest project. Its construction began in 1882 and is still continuing today. The money for its construction comes completely from donations and entrance fees.  Due to its unique frescoes and basilicas the building looks really magnificent. 

Plaza Mayor, Madrid

Plaza Mayor is the central Plaza in Madrid. It was built during the Austrian period. It has 9 entrances and is of a rectangular shape. Nearby is another famous plaza – Puerta del Sol. It is the major tourist attraction in Madrid. Every year it is visited by thousands of people. It was originally used for bullfights and public executions during the Spanish Inquisition.

The Alhambra, Granada

Originally the Alhambra in Granada was built as a Royal Palace. It represents the most important period in the history of Spain – Moorish conquest. From 8th to the 15th century different territories of Spain were under the control of Moors. Alhambra is the greatest remaining example of Moorish architecture in Spain. 

Toledo Cathedral, Toledo

Toledo Cathedral is a stunning example of Gothic architecture. There are only three of 13th-century High Gothic cathedrals in Spain. This one is probably the most outstanding. It boasts of great façade and baroque altar. The oldest part of the building is the sanctuary.  It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the main attractions in Toledo.

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