Friday, May 16, 2014

Un paseo por la capital del país vasco

Vitoria (enlace, link, lien)
If you ever go the basque country Vitoria-Gasteiz is a must stop either on your way to the Rioja region or back or on your way to Santiago de Compostela. Vitoria-Gasteiz is the capital city of the province of Álava and of the autonomous community of the Basque Country in northern Spain. Within the city Santa María Cathedral is the visit not to be missed. Santa María de Vitoria Cathedral was built by King Alfonso VIII of Castile after the conquest of Vitoria in the second half of the 12th century. Alfonso X was responsible for expanding and modifying the structure with Gothic details in the 13th century.

Due to a lack of funds and political unrest, the cathedral had been poorly maintained for years, and suffered from structural and conservation problems, including the destabilization of the foundation and walls, which had shifted over time. In 2002, a conservation master plan was developed and its implementation was carried out as funds became available by the Ayuntamiento (Municipality) of Vitoria-Gastéiz. The site Excavations during the restoration of the cathedral revealed layers of history dating back to the eighth century, including countless pottery fragments and almost 2,000 graves. The original settlement of Gasteiz was built around A.D. 800. In the eleventh century, the first city wall was erected and the first church was later built against it.
I could go on but this isn't the purpose of this blog.
Enjoy those snap shots taken along my visit. 
(photos taken with my Fujitsu XE-1 18-55mm lens)
Vitoria (enlace, link, lien)