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Spain

Spanish Byzantine monastery unearthed, the first of its kind

The 6th-century ruin sheds light on the extent of the Byzantine empire.

Listen to Paco Peña’s ‘Misa Flamenca’: A perfect blend of Gypsy and choral music

In 1991, one of the world’s foremost traditional Iberian guitar players composed his acclaimed Flamenco Mass.

The strange case of the demon with the ice cream cone on the cathedral façade

Just as medieval masons drew inspiration from the bestiary they had at hand, contemporary artists blend tradition and pop culture to convey the same eternal message.

The apse of the church of Sant Climent of Taüll, a Romanesque masterpiece

A replica of the most famous work by the anonymous “Master of Taüll” is still there in the church, deep in the Pyrenees.

Did the Psalms inspire Velásquez’s Crucified Christ?

A closer look at the painting’s anatomical detail and use of chiaroscuro sheds light (no pun intended) on the great painter’s creative mind.

This 9th-century church is one of the most beautiful examples of pre-Romanesque architecture

But it also includes some other architectural elements that made it a pretty avant-garde building in its day and age.

Sevilla’s Santa María de La Sede is the world’s largest Gothic cathedral

It is said the authorities involved agreed on building “a church so big they think we are crazy.”

A look at Sagrat Cor, Spain’s magnificent mountaintop church

Complete with an amusement park, Sagrat Cor is an excellent place for a stop on a family vacation.

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.

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