10 Interesting Facts About Tarragona

Facts about Tarragona:
  1.  The real founding date of Tarragona is unknown, However, one legend states that one Catalan legend holds that it was named for Tarraho, eldest son of Tubal in c. 2407 BC.
  2. During the Spanish Civil War, Tarragona was in the hands of the Second Spanish Republic until captured by Franco’s Nationalist troops on 15 January 1939 during the Catalonia Offensive.
  3. Tarragona had partnerships with: Voiron, France.
  4. The Roman ruins of Tarraco have been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
  5. The climate of Tarragona can be described as a Mediterranean climate (Köppen Csa) bordering on a humid subtropical climate (Cfa).
  6. Between 1903 and 1989 the French liqueur made by the Carthusian Monks, Chartreuse, was distilled in Tarragona, following the monks’ expulsion from France.
  7. The city has a population of 794,969, as of 2018.
  8. Tarragona is a port city located in northeast Spain on the Costa Daurada by the Mediterranean Sea.
  9. Founded before the 5th century BC
  10. Tarragona is twinned with: Avignon, France; Alghero, Italy; Orléans, France;  Stafford, United Kingdom; Klagenfurt, Austria; Pushkin, Russia & Pompei, Italy.

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20 Interesting Facts About Ronda

Facts About Ronda:

  1. Ronda’s most famous son, Pedro Romero, changed the face of bullfighting.
  2. Ronda is situated in a mountainous area about 750 m (2,460 ft) above mean sea level.
  3. Ronda is twinned with: Cuenca, Spain; Chefchaouen, Morocco; Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy & Ontinyent, Spain.
  4. Ronda was used as the setting for the flower market in the 2017 animated movie Ferdinand.
  5. Ronda is a village in the Spanish province of Málaga.
  6. The population of Ronda is about 35,000 inhabitants.
  7. The mountains around Ronda were a popular hideout for bandits in the 19th century
  8. American artists Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles spent many summers in Ronda as part-time residents of Ronda’s old-town quarter called La Ciudad. Their collective accounts have contributed to Ronda’s popularity over time.
  9. English painter David Bomberg lived and worked in Ronda in the 1950s, producing some of the finest landscapes of Spain.
  10. The Ronda train station was opened in 1892.
  11. Ronda is one of the most beautiful and famous towns in Andalusia. It is also a place famous for its high-quality cuisine and delicious dishes.
  12. The first people to settle here were the Celtics. 
  13. The Puente Nuevo is the newest and largest of three bridges that span the 120-meter-deep chasm that carries the Guadalevín River and divides the city of Ronda.
  14. Ronda is accessible via highways (Autovía A-374) and by rail from Algeciras and from Córdoba. A direct train from Madrid to Ronda operates twice daily.
  15. Popular 70s Spanish TV Show “Curro Jimenez”, was filmed in the Ronda Mountains.
  16. The town occupies the site of an ancient Iberian settlement and was known in Roman times as Acinipo.
  17. In 1994, Queen of Pop Madonna shot her music video “Take a Bow” in the Ronda Bullring. 
  18. Ronda is surrounded by national parks; one of them, Los Alcornocales Natural Park, is one of Spain’s most important cork-oak forests.
  19. Ronda is home to Spain’s oldest Bullring, s stone Neoclassic structure. It’s now a museum. 
  20. The town is situated on two hills divided by a deep ravine containing the Grande River, which is an affluent of the Guadiaro River.

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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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