Toledo Celebrates El Greco 400-Year Anniversary in 2014 Reply

El Greco Pieta

From the Spanish tourism office,–The year 2014 Spain marks the fourth centenary of El Greco’s death with a wide-ranging programme of exhibitions and cultural activities to highlight the painting and the person of Doménikos Theotokópoulos. Toledo, the city where El Greco spent 37 years of his life, will be at the heart of this major event. Four hundred years later, El Greco returns to Toledo. More…


Toledo: World Heritage City Reply

Toledo from Parador

Toledo is one of the Spanish cities with the greatest wealth of historic monuments, with the added delight that they are the product of three cultures, the Christians, Arabs and Jews who lived together peacefully here for centuries. So behind its walls Toledo preserves a powerful artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues, all with their own stock of priceless art treasures. The cathedral boasts El Greco’s The Disrobing of Christ, but the the main attraction here is his painting of The Burial of the Count of Orgaz, which hangs in the church of Santo Tomei.


When the Moors Ruled in Europe – History of Islam in Spain. Part 2 1

medina-azaharaAs this second and last part of When the Moors Ruled in Europe opens Bettany Hughes takes us to Medina Azahara, the ruins of a vast, fortified Arab Muslim medieval palace-city built by Abd-ar-Rahman III, Umayyad Caliph of Córdoba, in order to give credence to an Andalusian caliphate. Located on the western outskirts of Córdoba, construction on the complex began in 936 a.d., and by 1010 it was conquered and razed during a civil war waged against the caliph by traitorous mercenaries, never to rise again. More…