Snapshot Sunday: Things get Surreal at Dalí’s Museum

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Perched in the north where Spain meets France is Figueres, the town where famed artist Salvador Dalí was born. There you’ll find the Dalí Theatre and Museum – a huge and diverse collection of his work which includes this ceiling mural in the ‘Palace of the Wind‘ room. Throughout the museum you’ll encounter hundreds of surrealist pieces that range from whimsical to disturbing – and many that are downright bizarre!

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Snapshot Sunday: Strolling through a Forest of Columns

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A medieval Islamic mosque-turned-cathedral, the Mezquita of Cordoba was built between the eighth and tenth centuries out of materials salvaged from an old Roman temple. It functioned as a mosque up until 1236 when Ferdinand and Isabella conquered the city and converted the building into a Catholic church. Even today, Muslims want to reclaim this sacred space – in 2006 the Pope himself ruled they couldn’t pray here.

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Snapshot Sunday: Touring the Ruins at Baelo Claudia

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Situated on Spain’s southern coast, the ancient fishing village of Baelo Claudia is home to the most well-preserved Roman ruins on the Iberian Peninsula. Baelo was built over two thousand years ago, but Romans abandoned in the sixth century after pirates and earthquakes rendered it inhospitable.

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Snapshot Sunday: Admiring Seville’s Gothic Cathedral

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Built in the sixteenth century to demonstrate the city’s wealth, the Seville Cathedral is the largest Gothic church in the world (as well as the world’s third-largest church). Throughout its 124,000 square feet you will find 80 chapels – and perhaps even the bones of Christopher Columbus.

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