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Spain

How the feast of St. Fermin led to the annual “running of the bulls”

St. Fermin of Amiens is one of the reasons why Spaniards annually rush through the streets of Pamplona.

Cartoonish statue of St. George receives “unrestoration”

The parish and original restorer both face fines for damaging the protected historic piece.

5 Amazing facts about Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia church

Gaudi’s masterpiece finally got a construction permit. But a 137-year bureaucratic bottleneck is not the only unique fact about the Sagrada Familia.

Have you heard the most famous collection of Marian medieval songs?

The haunting beauty of the “Cantigas” of Alfonso X never ceases to amaze.

See these treasures of Christian art at Madrid’s Thyssen Museum

Magnificent statues reflect the faith and skill of centuries past.

Semana Santa in Seville, Spain: A Holy Week celebration like no other

There is no better time to visit Seville than during the Holy Week, to witness one of the most mesmerizing Catholic traditions in the world.

Salamanca: The third oldest university in the world is in Spain

The University of Salamanca was an intellectual capital of Europe during the Renaissance and remains a prestigious institute of higher learning today.

5 Little-known medieval monasteries in Catalonia, Spain  

The northeastern autonomous region of Catalonia is a treasure trove of Romanesque monasteries.

Why are Nativity scenes set up on mountaintops in Spain?

In the past century, mountaintop Nativities scenes have become a Spanish tradition.

13 Medieval monasteries around the pilgrimage route to Santiago, Spain

These architectural icons, built in the Spanish Romanesque style, are scattered along the Way of St. James, also known as the "Camino de Santiago."

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