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Zacatecas, the most northern of Mexico’s silver cities

Zacatecas, the most northern of Mexico’s silver cities

My visit to Zacatecas in February was most unusual and very rewarding. I knew before going that it was the most northern of the silver cities, the second highest city in the country, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Few foreign tourists go there and indeed I met none. I took the bus there from Guanajuato: Omnibus de Mexico, M$455, 4.5 hours. Security was stringent: bags thoroughly checked, photo taken. The bus was direct with no … Read entire article »

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Córdoba and its Mezquita, Spain

Córdoba and its Mezquita, Spain

Córdoba, in the Andalusia region of southern Spain, is best known for its Great Mosque—”Mezquita” in Spanish—that also happens to be a Great Cathedral. Or more accurately, a mosque that turned into a cathedral. Tourists would probably flock here even without the Mezquita. They’d come to walk the streets of the Old Town and they’d probably get lost in the maze of white-walls dotted with pots of coloured flowers and get turned around in the … Read entire article »

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Gardens of the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, Córdoba

Gardens of the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, Córdoba

The Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, also known as the Alcázar of Córdoba, is a royal castle located in historic Córdoba next to the Guadalquivir River and near the Grand Mosque or Mezquita. Construction of the castle began in 1328 for the use of the Christian Kings when they stayed in Córdoba. The gardens were added when the Town Council purchased the property in the mid-1900s. The gardens are surrounded by the castle’s massive walls … Read entire article »

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Courtyards of Viana, Córdoba, Spain

Courtyards of Viana, Córdoba, Spain

The Viana Palace in Cordoba is a stately home that over 5 centuries belonged to 18 noble families. Through extensions and renovations, it became a property with 12 courtyards and a garden that reflect this long period of history. In 1981 the palace was acquired by the town’s savings bank and opened to the public; shortly afterwards it became a National Monument of Historical and Artistic Interest. Muslims introduced the idea of having a garden into … Read entire article »

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