Guinigi Tower

Guinigi Tower

The Guinigi Tower is the most important tower in Lucca and one of the few remaining towers around the city walls, the Guinigi is an impressive 44.25 meters high tower that used to be the residence of one of the most powerful and wealthy families in Tuscany during 1300’s. The Towers was used for protection and defensive purposes, Lucca had around 170 towers during the middle Ages however only a few towers survived the last 700 years. The Guinigi Tower is a typical example of local Romanesque-Gothic architecture.

The Tower stands at 44.25 meters high and at the top of the tower you will see a hanging garden where large centuries-old holm oaks have been planted, you can reach the top of the tower after climbing 230 steps, however, the panorama view of Lucca from the top of the tower is well worth the trip. The ancient trees are holm oaks symbolizing rebirth and renewal.

From the 13th Century the Guinigi Family, who were rich merchants and a leading family of the town, concentrated their mansions between Sant’Andrea and via Guinigi, which preserved its medieval appearance intact. The Tower of Guinigi was built out of brick with mullioned three lights and four light windows, and coat of arms, cornices, and plaques of the family was decorated on to the tower. The Tower was restored and reopened in the 1980’s.

The Guinigi Tower was donated to the local government, Lucca Town Council, by the descendants of the Guinigi Family.

Guinigi Tower
Guinigi Tower Photography by flickr user:barbara steele

Telephone: +39 0583 48090 | Official Website |

How to get there:

  • By Train: The nearest train station is the Lucca Station, situated on Piazzale Bettino Ricasoli Road, 900-meter, 11 minutes walk from the Guinigi Tower.
  • By Bus: the nearest bus stop is situated on via Santa Croce, bus service: LAM ROSSA, then a 3-minute walk up to  Via Angelo Custode and left on to Via Sant’Andrea. 
  • By Foot: The Guinigi Tower is located only 5 minutes away from the St Martin Cathedral and 5 minutes away from Villa Bottini.

Opening Hours

Monday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Tuesday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Wednesday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Thursday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Friday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Sunday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Admission

Ticket Type Full Price Reduced Price
Single Ticket €4.00 €3.00
Cumulative ticket €6.00 €4.00
Children under 6 years old Free Entry

Note: Tickets reduced for groups over 10 people accompanied by a guide, Children between the age of 6 and 14 years old and students, required to provide a suitable card. 

Free Entry to Disabled with a guide, schools of the Municipality of Lucca and students for study reasons with Authorization. 

Animals are not allowed.

Information

  • Architectural style: Romanesque architecture
  • Province: Province of Lucca
  • 44.5 meter high
  • Recommended Duration: 30 minutes

More Photography’s

Guinigi Tower
Guinigi Tower Photography by flickr user:orkomedix
Guinigi Tower
Guinigi Tower Photography by flickr user:leiris202

Location

Address: Via Sant’Andrea, 55100 Lucca LU, Italy

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Royal Chapel of Granada

Royal Chapel of Granada

The Royal Chapel of Granada is situated between the Granada Cathedral and the Church of Sagrario, Built in Isabelline Gothic style,  Were the Catholic Monarchs were buried. The monarchs died before the chapel was finished, and their bodies rested in the convent of the Parador Nacional de Turismo until the Royal Chapel was completed.

They chose to be buried in Granada because they saw its conquest as the crowning achievement of their reign. Construction began in 1505 following a design by Enrique Egas and was completed in 1521.The northern facade is designed by Garcia Pradas, and provides access to the interior; a plan in the shape of a Latin cross with four side chapels.

The crossing with the Royal Mausoleums was designed by Master Bartolomé and is separated from the rest of the naave by wrought, the tomb of the catholic monarchs on the right was built by Domenico Fancelli and the the tomb on the left was built by Bartolomé Ordoñez, who used carrar marble for his design.

You can also find painting belonging to Queen Isabella, The paintings where created by artists such as:

  • van der Weyden
  • Beruguete
  • Membling
  • Botticelli.

You can also find Queen Isabella crown and scepter kept together with King Fernando’s Sword.

The original main entrance to the Royal Chapel of Granada is inside the Cathedral. The current entrance to the Royal Chapel is through la Lonja.

Royal Chapel of Granada inside
Photography By flickr user: jlfaurie

Brief Five Hundred Years of History

In the thirteenth of September of 1504, Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand decided that Granada will be their final resting place, so they signed a Royal Warrant for the construction of a Royal Chapel, which will be a brand new burial location brought about the development, decoration, and furnishing of the building. Built in Gothic style between 1505-1517 and dedicated to Saint John the Baptist and Saint John the Evangelist.

One Year before the start of the Edification of the site, the Queen Died and twelve months before the construction work was completed the King Died, The Royal Chapel already existed as an group with a prime Chaplain and twelve chaplains. The Chapel was decorated and it obtained the precious legacy from the Founders Monarchs: Books, Relics, Tapestries, Paintings, Vestments, Fabrics and liturgical vases

The 16th century was known as the Golden age of the Royal Chapel, during this era the chapel, three levels can be distinguished. its birth shortly before the death of Queen Isabella and its construction during the reign of King Ferdinand. It was the Queens wish to be buried in this Chapel. The second stage means the flowering with Emperor Charles I. The temple is decorated and the institution is strengthened. It means the end of a dynasty, the appearance of the Renaissance, the humanist demonstration of such an impressive historic heroic deed.

The Concordat of 1851 followed by a Royal decree establishing a reorganization of the royal chapels brought a certain stability. With the Restoration a new balance is achieved and an increased interest in historical research, artistic restoration and museums is developed.The first scientific publications on the Chapel and its cultural heritage date from this period.

The Concordat of 1851 followed by means of a Royal decree establishing a reorganization of the royal chapels delivered a sure balance. With the Restoration a new balance is completed and an increased interest in historical research, artistic restoration  and museums is evolved.the first scientific courses at the Chapel and its cultural historical past date from this era.

The late eighteen century and early nineteenth century brings new embarrassments to the organization. they’re linked to political changes, financial problems and the profound alternate in church-country relations. The liberal regime ended with the Patronage regime and the unique foundations of the group turns into a fully ecclesiastical entity.

In the twentieth Century the Historical-graphical,architectural and artists grow interest for the Royal Chapel, in 1913 the Chapel Museum was created by the Royal Decree, due to the increase in tourism. New researches are carried out, and the spiritual significance of the chapel for Hispanic awareness is emphasized.

Royal Chapel of Granada

Telephone Number: +34 958227848  | Official Website |

Burials: Isabella I of Castile, Ferdinand II of Aragon, Joanna of Castile, Philip I of Castile, Francisco Pradilla Ortiz, Miguel da Paz, Prince of Portugal and José de Torres

How to get here

The Royal Chapel is situated near the Alcaiceria, the Bib-Rambla square, the Madraza and Plaza Isabel la Catolica.

  • By Bus: you can catch the Granada city buses: routes; LAC, C1, C2, SN1 and SN4.
  • Walking: about 8 to 10 minutes walk from El Bañuelo.

Opening Hours

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Autumn to Winter
Monday to Saturday 10:15 AM – 1:30 PM
4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Sundays and holidays 11:00 AM – 13:30 PM
16:00 AM – 19:30 PM

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*Closed: 1st and 2nd January, 12th October – in the morning. Holy Friday and 25th December.*

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September to February
Monday to Saturday 10:15 AM – 1:30 PM
5:30 AM – 18:30 PM
Sundays and holidays 11:00 AM – 13:30 PM
5:30 AM – 18:30 PM

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*Please note: opening times may very during holidays and other events, please visit the official website for more details*

Admission

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Ticket Type Price
General €5,00
Children Free Entry
Reduced €3,50

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*Please note: prices may change yearly or during holiday and peak seasons, please visit the official website for more details *

Location

Address: Calle Oficios, s/n, 18001 Granada, Spain

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Gothic Quarter Barcelona

Gothic Quarter

The stunning neighborhood known as the Gothic region is so known as as it was once the Roman village and for that reason has some remnants of its superb past. in recent times due to the steady modernization it is straightforward to spot an historic constructing proper next to one constructed in the 90’s. it’s far this combination of vintage and new that brings people from all around the international to stay in the Gothic quarter.

The sector encompasses the oldest components of the town of Barcelona, and consists of the remains of the metropolis’s Roman wall and numerous exquisite medieval landmarks, a great deal of the prevailing-day fabric of the region, dates to the 19th and early twentieth centuries.

The medieval Jewish region, is located within this region, along with the former Sinagoga most important.

mixed with a wander down frenetic, industrial la Rambla, a stroll through the medieval alleyways and secluded squares of the old city is the exceptional possible advent to Barcelona and the start line for maximum visitors upon arrival in the city. For a flavor of the city’s greater grandiose architecture, Plaça Sant Jaume is flanked by means of government homes, the Renaissance palace of the Generalitat and neo-classical façade of the Ajuntament.

The slim, winding streets create quite a labyrinth and method that can take some time to get your bearings.

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Official website: http://www.barcelonaturisme.com/wv3/en/
Telephone: +34 634 53 43 33

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Location

Address: Mediterranean Seafront to Ronda de Sant Pere, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Province: Province of Barcelona