The Bascilla De Santa Maria From Your Alicante

Vacation-Rentals Beyond your VILLAS IN ALICANTE there is so much to see and do. Alicante has rich Muslim influence in the buildings especially in the older regions of the town and in so many monuments. Those that have taken the time to look at the cultural and historical perspective of the city will know its charms well, like so much of Spain. The Romans came here many centuries ago followed by the Visigoths and then the Moors arrived. For several hundred years, it was the Moors who lay most of the foundations of the city as it stands now. Throughout its history the city and its inhabitants have seen battles rage about them and ships .ing from the sea carrying troops to besiege the fortress high on Mount Benacantil. The many monuments about town show this, none perhaps do so in quite the same way as the Basilica de Santa Maria. Its not an unusual building in size or architecture but the Basilica is one of those monuments that surprises the average visitor as they make their way through narrow streets and up the stone steps from the road below. It was built upon the foundations of a Mosque at some point in the 13th century. There is nothing remarkable about the plain, unadorned flat walls of the square building which is .monly found in the Costa Blanca area. Mediterranean Gothic buildings are found in every town and village, but the main door to this building makes the visitor take that second look. Its decorative style is almost alien to the walls surrounding the entrance way. Were they actually made during the same period or even for the same building? Look closely at the craftsmanship that has gone into its making. The sculptured works by Juan Bautista Borja among other pieces which be found in the chapel of .munion in the cathedral of St Nicholas and the Cathedral de Orihuela. Its a piece of work that stands out from the plain walls of the Basilica. Since its construction there have been many additions to the building from different periods. Walk into the building and you will immediately notice how much wider than it is high. The Gothic nave leads the eye towards an elegant rococo decoration sheltering an image of St Mary. There is a classic baptism font made of marble originally made in Genoa during the 16th century. Other pieces of art found in the Basilica include a representation of St John daringly carved in wood by Rodrigo de Osona, one of Valencia leading painters. An even more impressive piece of sculpture of the Immaculate Virgin is also there, by another of Valencias leading artists of the time Jos Estave Bo.. Apart from the many pieces of magnificent art, step back from the Basilica a moment to take a close hard look at the exterior. See how the Basilica was not only a place of worship but a place where the local inhabitants could hide, defending their town from marauding bandits, French soldiers or whoever else decided that special VILLAS IN ALICANTE needed new ownership. If testimony is needed then just take a stroll down the side of the building running along J.e Juan and the adjacent Paseto de Ramiro. On the walls the blasts from shells still show the signature of ancient battles, only these were from a siege in 1709 by the English during the Spanish War of Succession. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: