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Old September 14th, 2015, 06:24 PM   #101
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Old September 14th, 2015, 07:01 PM   #102
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Tordesillas by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Plaza Mayor de Tordesillas by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Tordesillas by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Tordesillas by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Santa María church.

Iglesia de Santa María (Tordesillas) by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Tordesillas by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Tordesillas by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Tordesillas by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

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Old September 14th, 2015, 07:18 PM   #103
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A medieval abbandoned hospital.

Hospital de Mater Dei (Tordesillas) by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Hospital de Mater Dei (Tordesillas) by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Tordesillas by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Tordesillas by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Tordesillas by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Tordesillas by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Tordesillas by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

And finally a convent.

Convento del Carmelo (Tordesillas) by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr
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Old September 14th, 2015, 07:57 PM   #104
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Castilla is not just the north part of Madrid. "Castilla la Mancha" (famous thanks to Don Quijote) was known as Castilla la Nueva (New Castile).

Uclés is a very small village, just 200 inhabitants, 90 km away from Madrid city.



Uclés was an important moorish fortress, but in 1174 the King Alfonso VIII gave the village to Santiago military order, one of the main military orders in the Iberian peninsule (similar to Templar knights). They stablished in Uclés their headquarters.

Monasterio de Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

There are preserved some walls and towers of the 12th century, but the old convent was demolished and a new one was built in the 16th century.

Monasterio de Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Monasterio de Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Uclés village.

Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

The back facade is one of the oldest parts in the convent. The last moorish reign in the Iberian Peninsule was conquered in 1492, so the military orders lost their relevancy. They had a lot of lands, power and money, and were incorporated to the Crown in 1523. The King would be the new great master of Santiago, Calatrava and Alcántara orders. In 1529 they started to build the convent.

Monasterio de Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

It's also known as "la Mancha Escorial", due to the convent dimensions. This facade is completely plateresque, a spanish versión of renaissance style.

Monasterio de Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Monasterio de Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Monasterio de Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

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Old September 15th, 2015, 03:39 PM   #105
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The main facade of the monastery was made in the 16th century too, but it was added a baroque gate in 1735.

Monasterio de Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

It's "churrigueresco" style, the spanish rococó.

Monasterio de Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Monasterio de Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Monasterio de Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

At the top, Santiago with the sword in the hand, as the main saint in Spain, and captain of the Santiago order.

Monasterio de Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

The church was finished in 1598, herreriano style.

Monasterio de Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

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Old September 15th, 2015, 03:42 PM   #106
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Monasterio de Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

The big baroque courtyard, with a well.

Monasterio de Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Monasterio de Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Monasterio de Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

The main staircase.

Monasterio de Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Monasterio de Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Monasterio de Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

And the other staircase with the Santiago cross, a mix of a sword and a cross.

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Old September 16th, 2015, 08:50 PM   #107
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Monasterio de Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Inside the church.

Monasterio de Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Monasterio de Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Monasterio de Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Monasterio de Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

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Old September 16th, 2015, 08:50 PM   #108
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The sacristy.

Monasterio de Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Monasterio de Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Monasterio de Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

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And the refectory of Santiago military order, with a renaissance roof finished in 1548.

Monasterio de Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Monasterio de Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

The faces are the 35 great masters of Santiago order from the beginning.

Monasterio de Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Monasterio de Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Monasterio de Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Monasterio de Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

And the central one is Carlos V, as the last great master of the order.

Monasterio de Uclés by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

In one of them there is not a face, but a skull. This is don Álvaro de Luna, one of the most important persons of his century, that was executed in 1453. And the words "You, nobile men, you know that I don't respect anybody": the death is the same for everybody...

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Old September 18th, 2015, 04:15 PM   #110
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In Uclés there is a place that links with the next one, is a fountain made to the celtic god Airón.

Óculo. Fuente redonda Uclés Baja by Lenguajes V, en Flickr

In the monastery construction they used thousands of stone blocks coming from the roman city of Segóbriga, 12 kms away.

VISTA AÉREA by JOSE-MARIA MORENO GARCIA, en Flickr

Ruinas romanas de Segóbriga. by J.C.Lara, en Flickr

Segóbriga was one of the most important cities in the castilian plateau, and was abbandoned so it was discovered in the 18th century. The museum.

Segóbriga by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Segóbriga by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Segóbriga by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Segóbriga by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

A rupester altarpiece made to the goddess Diana

Segóbriga by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Segóbriga by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

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Segóbriga was one of the richest roman cities thanks to the lapis specularis, a translucid gypsum used to make windows, instead of glass. Plinio said "the best lapis specularis come from the Hispania Citerior, and it's extracted from deep wells".









The first thing you can see are the ruins of the visigothic church, 6th century. After a roman city, Segóbriga was also habited in the visigothic ages and abbandoned with the islamic invasión (year 711).

Segóbriga by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Segóbriga by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Segóbriga by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

And the roman aqueduct, a subterranean one in this case. The water flowed by a lead pipe. The romans didn't know, but the lead is highly toxic, so the people of the city was slowly poisoned...

Segóbriga by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Tombs all along the path.

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The main graveyard. There is a really beautiful tombstone of a 16 years slave called Iucunda. She was a musician, she played the zither. The tombstone says:

"After her death she won't have to cry her lost children.
To Iucunda, slave of Manio Valerio Vitulo and daughter of Nigella.
Terminal when I was close to my 16 years, I gave up, defeated, to the weight of my destiny.
Here it is what can take down your heart, you reader, the premature reason of my unfortunate grave.

But arrived to my end, I rest in a loved place, before the illnesses destroyed my body with the violence of a tumour insufferable for anybody. Now, free of worries, I rest under the light grass.

Now is your turn to take care of my grave. Fathers, dear husband, goodbye for ever. I expect the ground doesn't squash me, and the gods to be favourable to you. Be propitious to this zither musician, as Febo was mean I lived".


Segóbriga by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Segóbriga by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

The roman city with the theatre and amfitheatre.

Segóbriga by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Amphitheatre.

Segóbriga by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

It's 75 metres long, could host 5.500 people. In Segóbriga there were gladiator fights, the asame as animal fightings: bulls against bears, etc.

Segóbriga by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Segóbriga (28) by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Segóbriga by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

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Old September 23rd, 2015, 02:37 PM   #113
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Segóbriga by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

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Segóbriga by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

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Segóbriga by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Segóbriga by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Segóbriga by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

The city was protected by a wall, the theatre and amphitheatre were outwalls.

Segóbriga by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Segóbriga by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

The roman theatre is pretty well preserved. In fact I've seen several plays sat in that stones

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Segóbriga by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

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Segóbriga by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

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Segóbriga by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

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The roman baths close to the theatre. There are still preserved the lockers.

Segóbriga by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

Segóbriga by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

And the forum area.

Segóbriga by santiago lopez-pastor, en Flickr

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