Tuesday, June 19, 2012

El Alcázar

Because a large part of this 12th century castle was destroyed by fire in 1862, it´s restoration has been an ongoing effort with historical pieces being sought throughout Spain and well beyond her borders. This castle was also where Columbus´ financiers, known as the “Catholic Monarchs,” Fernando and Isabel, first met. Here, students not only saw the thrones of one of Spain´s famous couples but also a wide array of tapestries, arms and paintings. Some of our students even climbed to the top of the castle´s tower, which was once used as  prison.
Below, one of the many breathtaking views from the castle´s back terrace.

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