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The Dead City Of Segovia
Here is the real type of a dead city still serenely sleeping, in a dream of which the spell has been broken neither by the desecrating hand of the tourist crowd, nor by the inrush of commercial activity, nor by any native anxiety for self-exploitation.
The Aqueduct Of Segovia
The great marvel of Segovia, the achievement associated from time immemorial with the city, and blazoned in its municipal arms as its cognizance, is the aqueduct.
The road to Avila lies over the mountains and through forests of pine. Beyond the Escorial the railway climbs steadily, and for long distances without passing any station.
Cordova And Seville
It was the Caliph Abderama I. who laid the foundations of the Mosque at Cordova, toward the end of the eighth century, and the works were carried on with such activity that the whole edifice was completed at the commencement of the ninth.
The Cathedral Of Seville
The most extravagant and most monstrously prodigious Hindu pagodas are not to be mentioned in the same century as the Cathedral of Seville.
The Giralda
The famous Giralda of the Seville Cathedral, is an old Arabian tower, built, so it is affirmed, in the year one thousand, after the design of the architect Gaver, inventor of algebra.
Seville - The Alcazar
The Alcazar is not only less ancient than the Alhambra, but is also much more obviously be-furbished and renovated. Its gilding is as fresh and bright as that of the library at Washington.
Granada - The Alhambra
To our left we beheld the towers of the Alhambra beetling above us; to our right, on the opposite side of the ravine, we were equally dominated by rival towers on a rocky eminence.
The View From An Alhambra Tower
We crossed the garden of the Cabinet of Lindaraja, a mysterious-looking court, and through a long gallery looking out on the country, we arrived at the top of one of the farthest towers of the Alhambra, under a small pavilion opened on all sides, and called The Queen's Toilet, which seemed to be suspended over an abyss, like the nest of an eagle.
The Tombs Of Ferdinand And Isabella
The Cathedral of Granada was begun in 1529 by the Catholic kings, but remained unfinished. It has a great facade, with three doors, ornamented by statues and bas-reliefs; and is formed by five naves, divided by twenty immense pilasters composed of a group of slender pillars.
To the voyager entering the straits of Gibraltar, the rock presents a bare and almost barren aspect, especially, when the summer suns have dried up the verdure; but as he approaches he discovers a considerable clothing of vegetation, and closer acquaintance reveals the existence of an extensive flora.
Barcelonia, The Catalonian Capital
Of the three cities which have good reason to claim the title of Queens of the Mediterranean—Genoa, Marseilles, and Barcelona—this last has every prospect of becoming the largest and perhaps the wealthiest.
The Monastery Of Monserrat
It was not alone in the spiritual sphere that Monserrat stood forth resplendent above the world around. Like every great Benedictine monastery, it was a focus of work and enlightenment.
Pamplona And Ignatius Loyola
From the cathedral we follow the line of the walls—whose strength in the Middle Ages gave Pamplona the title of most noble, most loyal and most heroic.
Saragossa, now a thriving town of 70,000 people, will be a place of even more importanee. We went at once to an inn which, with some pretense at Italian customs, was virtually Spanish, and here we spent thirty hours or more very pleasantly.
Coruna And The Grave Of Sir John Moore
The next day we departed for Coruna, leading our horses by the bridle; the day was magnificent, and our walk delightful. We passed along beneath tall umbrageous trees, which skirted the road from Betanzos to within a short distance of Coruna.
It was perfectly dark when we reached Cadiz. The lanterns of the ships and smaller craft at anchor in the roads, the lights in the town, and the stars in the sky, literally covered the waves with millions of golden, silver, and fiery spangles.
Palos And Rabida
Most American schoolboys and schoolgirls know that Columbus sailed from Palos in Spain to discover America. Some of them know that he sailed on the 3d of August, 1492.
Where The Grapes Of Sherry Grows
Sherry, a wine which requires more explanation than many of its consumers imagine, is grown in a limited nook of the Peninsula, on the southwestern corner of sunny Andalusia, which occupies a range of country of which the town of Xerez is the capital and center.
To Lisbon From The Sea
These rocks lie about fifteen leagues north-west of Cape Roxent, or, as it is commonly called, the Rock of Lisbon, which we passed early the next morning.
The mansions and gardens of these nouveaux riches vastly outnumber, in Lisbon, the palaces of the old nobility and a stranger is, on a superficial acquaintance, bewildered by the frequency of high-sounding names and handles to names; and finds it difficult to discriminate between the genuine article and the mere counterfeit.
The village of Cintra lies in one of the folds of the great hill, at perhaps a third of its height up the side; a little Swiss-looking pleasure-town round an open praca, like a set scene upon a stage.
Beckford's Monserrate
As I retrace my steps down the long zigzags to Cintra again, and ever and anon look up at the heights from which I have come, they seem quite inaccessible. Equally, or more so, does the somewhat lower, but even more precipitous eminence called the Cruz Alta, from which the prospect is of surpassing extent over land and sea.
Bussaco is famous for its walks. Two of them are in charming groves. The Cruz Alta (1,775 feet), the highest point in the southwest portion of the convent-domain, richly repays the ascent.
I know few more characteristic thoroughfares than the road by the river-side at Oporto, called the Ribeira, which is the center of maritime activity of the port.
The Abbey Of Batalha
Standing in the center of the courtyard and looking up at the abbey, one sees three beautiful lace-like parapets rise one above the other along the whole length, on cloister, clerestory, and nave, clear-cut edges of perfect curves against the blue sky.
Leira And The Great Castle Above It
We drove for two hours more, and, just as the black shadows began to lengthen, we drove into the town of Leiria, the Calippo of the Romans, and for long the stronghold whence the Moors harried the advancing Christians to the north.
From Braga To Bom Jesus
At the railway station at Braga, in the out-skirts of the city [of Oporto], a noisy, assertive little steam-train of several carriages is waiting in the street, and, with much puffing and whistling, it carries the travelers up the slope into the narrow thoroughfares of the town.
St. Petersburg
It is a remarkable railway journey—from Charing Cross to St. Petersburg in fifty hours, with only one change of carriage where the gage changes, with bed and board of the best, with never a single stop of more than five minutes, and such punctuality that, due at St. Petersburg at 2.45, the station-clock is striking three as we drive with our luggage out of the yard.
The Nevski Prospect
The Nevski Prospect is the pride and boast of St. Petersburg. Its praises have been sung all over the world, and its name is as familiar as is that of Regent Street or of Piccadilly.
The Church Of St. Isaac
The Isaac Church stands in the finest square in the city. Forests of masts are sunk into the earth to give it firm support. Wide granite steps lead up to the platform upon which it stands.
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