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Spain offers numerous interesting cities that are well worth a visit, but 15 of them deserve special mentioning as they were named UNESCO World Heritage Cities. Those cities are: Alcalá de Henares, Ávila, Baeza, Cáceres, Córdoba, Cuenca, Ibiza/Eivissa, Mérida, Salamanca, San Cristóbal de la Laguna, Santiago de Compostela, Segovia, Tarragona, Toledo and Úbeda. The cities were named World Heritage Cities due to their historical centres or important monuments that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, their archaeological sites or their combination of culture and biodiversity in the city.

Each of the UNESCO World Heritage Cities is unique and will surprise you with its own charm and historic buildings. Some of the most known monuments can be found in these cities and there is a lot to explore: the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes in Alcala de Henares, the medieval city walls in Avila, the hanging houses in Cuenca or the Roman amphitheatres in Merida and Tarragona. Other visitors’ favourites are the Mosque-Cathedral in Cordoba, the old University in Salamanca, the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela and the Roman aqueduct in Segovia. You can choose your favourite places to discover or just discover them all!

But the World Heritage Cities are more than only some beautiful cities to visit. The Organization of World Heritage Cities in Spain regularly works on projects and special routes for visitors.

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                               UNESCO World Heritage Cities                                                           (source: Ciudades Patrimonio de la Humanidad)

One current project is called “Laberintos liricos” (lyrical labyrinths). It aims to reflect the essence and identity of every of the 15 historic cities. The artist group Boa Mistura is in charge of this project and the intention of the participating cities is to become more attractive for younger visitors. The installation consists of 15 triangular prisms that are adapted to each city’s special characteristics and show a verse or poem of a local artist. Those lines can only be read from specific points and all together the prisms add up to one artwork when visiting all participating destinations. The first project phase has started last month, September, in Cáceres, Toledo, Cuenca, Segovia and Ávila.

Another project the World Heritage Cities have worked on are accessible routes to make it possible for everyone to move around the cities. Every city developed a route of touristic interest where it is possible to visit different monuments without any restrictions in accessibility. They also developed a map and brochure to point out some monuments and give detailed information about accessibility and possible restrictions.

 

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                            accessible route in Córdoba                                                (source: Ciudades Patrimonio de la Humanidad)     

 

 

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in case you find yourself in the capital of spain, overwhelmed by the increasing heat, you may want to find interesting and exciting places where you can spend your days and prepare for even hotter madrid nightlife.. there is certainly a number of great options for any taste, however, in this artice we have prepared a little insight into what the city can offer to travellers interested in culture and art.

first of all we want to encourage you to explore the so-called the golden triangle of art which consists of three art museums that are among the most important museums in the world: the prado museum (museo del prado), the reina sofía museum (museo nacional centro de arte reina sofía) and the thyssen-bornemisza museum (museo thyssen-bornemisza).

 

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the prado museum,
is among the most prestigious art museums in the world, storing more than 8000 masterpieces from the spanish, flemish and italian schools, starting from the middle ages to the 19th century.

the accent is put on spanish artists, including the magnificent “las
meninas
” by velázquez which happens to bealso the best-known work displayed at the museum.

in addition to permanent exhibitions this summer you can also enjoy two temporary exhibitions: “el greco and modern painting” and “evil vanishes. egusquiza and wagner´s parsifal in the museo del prado”.

the museum is located on paseo de prado, with the nearest metro stations being banco de españa and atocha.

the opening hours from monday to saturday are from 10am to 8pm; on sundays and holidays from 10am to 7pm.

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the next museum on the “art walk” list is the reina sofía museumsofiacol2.jpg, which is the house for around 20´000 masterpieces, dating from late 19th century to today.

once there you must definitely see the masterpiece “el guernica” by pablo picasso. museum also has an extensive collection of other spanish artists, such as as joan miró and salvador dalí.

nevertheless, if you are more interested in international artists,. the collections also include works by artists like francis bacon, damien hirst, max ernst, lucio fontana, etc.sofia.jpg

 

the programme of museum includes all types of artistic disciplines, divided into three collections: “the irruption of the 20th century, utopia and conflicto (1900-1945)”, “is the war over? art in a divided world (1945-1968)” and “from revolt to postmodernity (1962-1982)”.

this summer we recommend you to visit also the temporary exhibitions that include works by richard ham
ilton
and kerry james marshall.

the museum is located on street santa isabel, 52 with the closest metro station being atocha.

opening hours from monday to saturday are 10am – 9pm, on sunday 10am – 7 pm. the museum is closed on tuesdays.

 

 

 

 

 

last but not the least important museum in the golden triangle of art is the thyssen – bornemisza museum which housesaround 1000 arthyssencol1.jpgtworks from the 13th to 20th century.

it is interesting to note that the museum initially started of as a personal collection by baron hans heinrich thyssen-bornemisza and his father, baron heinrich.

thyssen supplements the madrid´s art temple with unique works of such underrepresented areas as the early italian school, impressionism, german expressionism, russian constructivism, , pop art, etc.

if you visit thyssen this summer, you have the opportunity to see two temporary exhibitions, a mixture of conventional and contextual exhibitions. these are – “pop art myths” and “alma-tadema and victorian painting in the pérez-simón collection”.

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thyssen is located in palacio de villahermosa, paseo del prado, 8 which is near the metro station banco de españa.

until september 14 the temporary exhibitions are open from 10am to 10pm on tuesdays to saturdays and from 10am to 7pm on sundays and mondays.

 

 

although the three aforementioned museums are the very cornerstones of madrid´s art collections there are even more interesting cultural places to see, e.g. the arts centre matadero or caixaforum – the live space for old, modern and contemporary art, music and poetry .matcaixa.jpg

across spain would like to invite you to be our guest and explore the never-ending artistic and cultural opportunities the city has to offer, be it either by yourself or by choosing any of our several guided tours and art gallery routes.

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