20 Sagrada Familia Facts

Sagrada Família inside view

Fun and Interesting Facts About Sagrada Familia

  1. Gaudí disliked straight lines and angles because they don’t often appear naturally. Instead, he based his design on the swirling curves of nature.

  2. The construction of La Sagrada Familia has been funded by donations.

  3. The Sagrada Familia has lights all around it, so at night, it glows a bright yellow/gold colour.

  4. Sagrada Familia is the largest tourist attraction in Spain.

  5. Sagrada Familia it will be Europe’s tallest Cathedral, once it’s completed.

  6. La Sagrada Família will take longer to complete than the Egyptian pyramids.

  7. La Sagrada Familia was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

  8. Pope Benedict XVI declared it a basilica in 2010.

  9. An Organ was installed in 2010, making it possible to hold religious services.

  10. When Completed the La Sagrada Familia will have 18 towers, 12 towers will represent the Apostles, four will represent the Evangelists, one to the Virgin Mary and the last tower, the highest one will be in the middle and represent Jesus Christ.

  11. Gaudí believed that no man-made object should be constructed higher than the work of God, when the Basilica is completed it will stand at 170 meters and will be one meter less than the highest point in Barcelona, Montjuïc hill.

  12. La Sagrade Familia full name is La Sagrada Familia is Basilica I Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia.

  13. La Sagrada Familia will have three facades when complete, including the Glory façade to the south, the Nativity façade to the east, and the Passion façade to the west.

  14. The Construction of the Basilica began in 1882.

  15. The two people buried in the crypt are Gaudi and Josep Maria Bocabella.

  16. Gaudi’s work was largely inspired by nature.

  17. Art nouveau architect Antoní Gaudí dedicated more than 40 years of his life to its construction.

  18. There’s an elevator inside that goes to the top of one of the towers.

  19. During the Spanish Civil war in 1936, most of all Gaudi’s plans for the church were damaged or lost.

  20. Every year more than 3 million tourists visit Sagrada Familia.

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10 Alcazaba of Malaga Facts

Alcazaba of Malaga

Fun & Interesting Facts About Alcazaba of Malaga

  1. The Alcazaba is the best-preserved Moorish fortress-palace in Spain.

  2. Alcazaba was used as a State prison.

  3. The Alcazaba of Málaga is a fortress-palace built between 1057 and 1063.

  4. Alcazaba takes its meaning from the Arabic, which means ‘citadel’.

  5. Muslim origin of the Alcazaba, its name arises, which in Arabic takes the meaning of ‘citadel’.

  6. It was built by the Hammudid dynasty in the early 11th century.

  7. Airon is a 40 meters depth well which was used to supply water to the residents of the Palace.

  8. Alcazaba was constructed on the ruins of a Roman fortification.

  9. The ‘Torre del Cristo’ was created by the people of Malaga, used as a point of entrance to the neighbourhood and is currently occupied by houses.

  10. In 1279 the city was conquered by Muhammed II Ben al-Ahmar and became part of the Nasrid kingdom.

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Alcazaba of Malaga

Alcazaba of Malaga

The Alcazaba of Malaga is a historic palace and fortress built in the eleventh and fourteenth centuries by the Hummudid Dynasty and served as Moorish rulers living quarters, without a doubt the location of the fortress has the most beautiful view of Malaga as well as a great strategic location during the Roman, Moorish and medieval century.

The arch of Christ is one of the most notable sights of the Alcazaba, they are called that because for a number of years they served as a chapel and the Parade Ground which was converted into an Arabic style garden. you can also find three courtyards as well as the Palace and an arch hallway which leads to one of the sixteenth-century towers and the Maldonado tower. The Alcazaba had 2.11 miles of buildings that were used for civilian use and 2.17 miles that was used for military purposes.

Brief History of Alcazaba of Malaga

The Alcazaba of Malaga was built on the ruins of a Roman Fortification during the reign of Abd-al-Rahman I, who was the first Emir of Cordoba, ruled between 756-780AD, the Alcazaba was originally used as a defensive fortress against pirates, due to its location overseeing the city down to the sea and across Africa.

The fortress was rebuilt by the Sultan of Granada, Badis Al-Ziri from 1057-1063AD, the walls were fortified which lead to connecting the Alcazaba to the neighbouring Castillo de Gibralfaro, over the Coracha ridge, were built in the 14th century by the Nasrid ruler Yusuf I, most of the inner palace was also refurbished, making it in to a Palace, it was used as a home to a number of Moorish Rulers.

The Alcazaba was left to decay for a number of centuries and only until 1933 when restoration work began, to this day the restoration is still in progress only two of its original three walls remain and three palaces as well as over 100 towers.

Alcazaba of Malaga
Amphitheater vor dem Alcazaba in Malaga photography credited to Flickr: Ronny Siegel

Contact Information

Telephone: +34 630 93 29 87 | Official Website | Facts About Alcazaba

Opening Hours

1st of April to 31st October

Monday – Sunday 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

1st of November to 31st of March

Monday – Sunday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Closed on 1st of January, 28th of February and 25th of December.

Admission

Ticket Type Price
General €3.50
Alcazaba & Gibralfaro €5.50
Reduced €0.60
Audio Guide €5.00
Sunday after 2:00 PM Free Entry

Information

  • Built 10th century- 15th century
  • Built by: Hammudid dynasty
  • Type: Palatial fortress
  • Open to the Public
  • Province: Province of Málaga

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Alcazaba of Malaga

Location

Address: Calle Alcazabilla, 2, 29012 Málaga, Spain | Coordinates: 36°43′17″N 4°24′56″W

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Discovering London’s Street Food Markets

Discovering London’s Street Food Markets

Recently we discovered London’s street food markets, London is well known for its overpriced housing and luxury restaurants however the street food markets are buzzing full of people wanting quality food for only a small fee, most street foods are family owned and offer something you wouldn’t find anywhere else, with different cuisines from Chinese, Vietnamese to Indian and Levantine, London really is the cultural capital of Europe, especially when it comes to food.

We’ve tried and tasted all the Street Food Markets on this list but remember your taste buds might be different to ours however if you enjoy food, you will definitely enjoy our list.

Due to the nature of the street foods markets and vendors, they are usually pop-ups and relocated at short notice, however, we will provide you with all the information possible about each vendor, so you can try the delicious food for yourself.

Our Favourite Food Markets in London

Black Bear Burgers

Discovering London's Street Food Markets 1We start off with Black Bear Burgers one of the best and most established vendors on this list, Black Bear Burgers was created by Liz and Stew, Wife and Husband, In 2016. After spending two years in Whistler, Canada they decided to come back home to England and moved to London, they set up a street food stall which focused on quality Beef Burgers, they now run a successful business with customers coming all around London to taste their quality Burgers.

They are based in Boxpark Shoreditch, shipping container complex next to the Overground station. you can find other vendors around the Container Complex, however, we highly recommend trying Black Bear Burgers.

Opening Hours

Tuesday’s to Saturday’s 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Sunday’s to Monday’s 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM

You might find Black Bear Burgers around the city doing occasional events, always keep an eye out. 

| Official Website | Telephone: 07774 326621 | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram |

 

Shrimp Up Your Life

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Shrimp up Your Life began in 2013 and slowly spread across London, specialling in Seafood they bring the Scandinavian and British Flavours together to really give you a wonderful experience, its what they call a “Seafood Journey”. Shrimp up your life shows you how good tasting food can be healthy and versatile.

Opening Hours

South Bank Centre Food Market
Friday & Saturday 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Broadway Market
Saturday 10:30 PM – 6:30 PM

| Official Website | Telephone: 07597 516681 | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram |

Nazari Food

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Nazari began in 2016 when they completed their 1974 Peugeot J7 Van and caterer for special occasions such as private parties, weddings, and street food at KERB Camden Market, they even have their own premium quality organic single variety olive oil, made in Granada, Andalucia. Nazari offers the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food.

 

| Official Website | Telephone: 07 720847974 | Facebook | Twitter |

The Cheeky Indian

The Cheeky Indian
The Cheeky Indian

The Cheeky Indian is a creation of Ash, Who spent a day a week at Jamie Olivers Barbecoa Restaurant, gaining experience and later was offered a position running and a managing street food concept for the Restaurant, after a full years, Ash decided to start up the Cheeky Indian, cooking traditional Indian food with a unique style.

Opening Hours and Location

ST KATHERINE DOCKS
Every Friday 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM
FLEET PLACE
Every Tuesday 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM
PATERNOSTER SQ
Last Tuesday of the Month 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM
VENN STREET MARKET
Every other Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

 

| Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram |

LemLem Kitchen

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LemLem Kitchen london

LemLem Kitchen is inspired by the culture and favours of Asmara, the capital city of Eritrea, the city is well known for its unique blend of Italian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food, the LemLem Kitchen brings a new type of food style and culture to London, which can be enjoyed by everyone, you can find the restaurant at Netil Market and try out the modern and classic African food. highly recommended to try the Afro- Tacos with Fries, you be wanting seconds.

Opening Hours

Saturday  12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Location

Address: 13 – 23 Westgate Street, London E8 3RL

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If you have a favourite street food location, let us know and spread the word.

40 Amazing Facts about Rome

Rome Facts

Fun & Interesting  Facts About Rome

  1. Rome Hosted the 1960 Summer Olympics.

  2. Rome is the seat of United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, FAO.

  3. Rome became the capital city of Kingdom of Italy in 1870, which was previously held by Florence.

  4. Rome is known as the “Caput Mundi”, which translates from Latin, means “Capital of the World”.

  5. Rome is also known as the “Eternal City”.

  6. You can find around 280 fountains in Rome and the best thing is, you can drink from them.

  7. Rome is home to 900 Churches.

  8. Rome has more Christian churches than any other city in the World.

  9. You can find a Museum dedicated to Pasta in Rome, Museum of pasta food.

  10. The University of Rome, La Sapienza was established in 1303 AD, its the first University of Rome and is the largest University in Europe and second largest in the world.

  11. Rome was founded in 753 BC by Romulus.

  12. The Comune of Rome covers an overall area of 496 square miles.

  13. Rome coat of arms you see SPQR, which stands for “Senatus Populusque Romanus” and translates to “The Senate and the people of Rome”, you see this symbol SPQR all around the city.

  14. In Ancient Rome if you were free-born in Rome, Roman men were allowed to wear togas, which showed that they are citizens of Rome and if you were a woman, you would wear stoles, a different version of Toga which is made from Linen.

  15. The Romans had special toga cleaners called fullers.

  16. The Rome’s Mascot is a she-wolf, which cared for the Brothers Romulus and Remus, who are the legendary founders of Rome.

  17. The Romans would sometimes flood the whole Colosseum or Circus Maximus for a boat battle.

  18. In Ancient Rome women would dye their hair with goat fat and beech wood ashes, popular colours were blonde and red.

  19. Vatican city is enclaved within the city of Rome.

  20. Every Year, nearly 700,000 Euros worth of coins is tossed into the Rome’s Trevi Fountain and the proceeds are donated to Caritas, a Catholic charity to help those in need.

  21. Rome’s first shopping mall was built between 107 and 110 AD by Emperor Trajan.

  22. The Romans built a road network of 53,000 miles by the early fourth century, each Roman mile was about 1,000 paces or 4,800 feet and was then marked by a milestone.

  23. Rome is older than Italy, Italy did not become a unified nation until late in the 19th century and Rome was founded around 53 B.C, making Rome  2,500 years older than republic of Italy.

  24. Cats have a special law in Rome, A Roman law states that if at least five cats are living together, they cannot be “scatted”, this is why Rome has around 300,000 cats.

  25. Rome was the first modern city to reach a population of 1 Million.

  26. Ancient Rome was at least six times more densely populated than present-day New York City.

  27. The Colosseum of Rome is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

  28. A man could lose Roman citizenship if he deserted the arm.

  29. Ancient Romans celebrated a festival called “Saturnalia” in which slaves and their masters would switch places.

  30. The word “palace” comes from the Palatine Hill, where Augustus established the emperors’ tradition of building their palaces.

  31. Owning land during the Roman empire was so important that almost all Roman citizens owned at least a small plot.

  32. Roman days were divided into 12 hours, measured by a sundial.

  33. In Rome the Purple clothing was a status symbol and reserved only for emperors or senators.

  34. Rome Didn’t Become a Part of Italy until September 1870.

  35. There is a secret passage that’s leading from Vatican City to Castel Sant’Angelo.

  36. The Ancient city of Rome is about 30 feet below the modern street level.

  37. It is said that Romans used to throw Christians to the Lions in the Colosseum however there is no Proof to this myth.

  38. estimated population of Rome is 2,869,461, The urban area has a population of 3.8 million and the 4.3 million living in the metropolitan area. (2016).

  39. Elevation of Rome is 69 ft.

  40. Rome ranked as the 14th-most-visited city in the world, 3rd most visited in the European Union, and the most popular tourist attraction in Italy.