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Talavera de la Reina, Spain - attractions, pictures

 

Talavera de la Reina is a town 120 km. away southeast of Madrid.
De la Reina is translated as "of queen", i.e. Talavera of Queen. This addition appeared at the beginning of the XIII century, when Alfonso XI presented Talavera to his newly-born wife Maria of Portugal, on the occasion of the wedding.
The history of Talavera is quite typical for this part of Spain - the city was founded by the Romans, conquered by the Arabs, in the 11th century conquered by the Castilians.
Rare tourist here wander, but there is something to see. In addition, the city is convenient as a transit point for travel to Extremadura.
Talavera is known as the center of the famous Talavera pottery. The beginning was laid by the Romans, the Arabs brought their motives, and now the characteristic blue and white patterns can be seen not only on the dishes in numerous shops, but also on urban structures - fountains, squares, even benches.

 

 Talavera de la Reina. Talaveres pottery on the fountain

Talaveres pottery on the fountain 

 

From historical sights have remained a part of city walls and, as everywhere, various churches .
In the modern city center, not far from the bus station, in the interior of a large park (Prado Gardens) there is an old church, with a dome uncharacteristic for Castile and a portico with a colonnade. This, however, is not such a long time - in the XVII century the architects already allowed themselves to experiment. Pay attention - the wall behind the colonnade is also tiled with Talavera ceramic tiles.

 

 Talavera de la Reina. Basilica of Our Lady of the Prado

 Basilica of Our Lady of the Prado
Basílica de Nuestra Senora del Prado (XVI-XVII century) 

 

 Talavera de la Reina. Basilica of Our Lady of the Prado

 Basilica of Our Lady of the Prado
Basílica de Nuestra Senora del Prado (XVI-XVII century) 

 

The historical center of Talavera is located near the river Tahoe.
Church of St. Francis - the only thing left of the Franciscan monastery. Its main value is the image of the way of the cross, executed, again, in ceramics.

 

 Talavera de la Reina. Church of St. Francis
Church of St. Francis
Iglesia de San Francisco (XVII-XVII century) 

 Talavera de la Reina. Church of St. Francis

Church of St. Francis
Iglesia de San Francisco (XVII-XVII century) 

 

The New Church of St. Jacob is named so, because by the time of its construction there already existed a church dedicated to the same saint. For the construction materials of the nearby destroyed buildings of the Roman and Visigothic epochs and, even, the old synagogue were used.

 

 Talavera de la Reina. New Church of St. Jacob

 New Church of St. Jacob
Iglesia del Santiago del Nuevo (XIV century) 

 

The problem of stability of the rear wall is solved with the help of original supports :)

 

 Talavera de la Reina. New Church of St. Jacob

New Church of St. Jacob
Iglesia del Santiago del Nuevo (XIV century) 

 

 Talavera de la Reina. New Church of St. Jacob

New Church of St. Jacob
Iglesia del Santiago del Nuevo (XIV century) 

 

The Old Church of St. Jacob stands out with Mudejar-style ornaments and Roman apse.

 

 Talavera de la Reina. Old Church of St. Jacob

 Old Church of St. Jacob
Iglesia de Santiago El Viejo (Santiaguito) (XII century)

 

 Talavera de la Reina. Old Church of St. Jacob

 Old Church of St. Jacob
Iglesia de Santiago El Viejo (Santiaguito) (XII century)

 

Even more impressive apse is available at the Church of the Savior. This church itself is much larger, with an internal territory.

 

 Talavera de la Reina. Церковь Спасителя

Church of the Savior
Iglesia el Salvador (XII-XVI century)

 

 Talavera de la Reina. Church of the Savior

Church of the Savior
Iglesia el Salvador (XII-XVI century)

 

The monastery of the Carmelites in Talavera was founded in the late 16th century and it still works.

 

 Talavera de la Reina. Monastery of St. Joseph barefoot Carmelites

 Monastery of St. Joseph barefoot Carmelites
Monasterio de San Jose Carmelitas Descalzas (XVI century)

 

The main square in Talavera, unlike most other Castilian cities, is called the Plaza del Pan, i.e. Bread square. It is believed that in Roman times the main square with the forum was also on this site.

 

 Talavera de la Reina. Bread square

Bread square
Plaza del Pan

 

In the square there is everything that should be in the center of the city - the government, the theater and the main church.
The theater is the most modern building on the square, it was built at the beginning of the 20th century. The elegant facade looks very beautiful.

 

 

 Talavera de la Reina. Театр Виктории

Victoria Theater
Teatro Victoria (XX century)

 

The old city council building is a palace of some noble family. Where this family disappeared and why their house was in the possession of the city - history is silent. Now here is the representation of the regional government of Castile-La Mancha, and the City Council occupies the neighboring building.

 

 Talavera de la Reina. Old City Council

Old City Council
Antigua Auntamento (XVI century)

 

The Collegiate Church of Our Lady is built on the site of the pagan temple of Jupiter (which was later converted into a mosque). In addition to the imposing tower, there is a rose window in the Mudejar style above the portal.

 

 Talavera de la Reina. Collegiate Church of Our Lady

Collegiate Church of Our Lady
Iglesia de Santa María La mayor (La Colegial) (XIV-XV century)

 

 Talavera de la Reina. Collegiate Church of Our Lady

  Collegiate Church of Our Lady
Iglesia de Santa María La mayor (La Colegial) (XIV-XV century)

 

Monastery of St. Catherine - a fairly rare case, when the whole complex of monastic buildings was preserved. In one of the buildings, already in the 20th century, was organized a school for orphans under the patronage of St. Prudence - hence the second name of the monastery.

 

 Talavera de la Reina. Монастырь св. Екатерины

  Monastery of St. Catherine
Convento de Santa Catalina (San Prudencio) (XIV century)

 

 Talavera de la Reina. Monastery of St. Catherine

 Monastery of St. Catherine
Convento de Santa Catalina (San Prudencio) (XIV century)

 

The building of the Bernadins monastery is quite an atypical baroque. Unusually, there is no white stone façade, customary in the Jesuit churches. This monastery is also operational. It is interesting that the sisters who inhabit him are considered experts in the production of biscuits and other sweets, which, in fact, earn their living.

 

 Talavera de la Reina.Bernardine Monastery of the Incarnation of the Lord

 Bernardine Monastery of the Incarnation of the Lord
Convento de la Encarnacion de las madres Bernardas (XVII century)

 

Church of St. Augustine on the square with the same name is another example of the brick baroque characteristic of Talavera.

 

 Talavera de la Reina. Church of St. Augustine

 Church of St. Augustine
Iglesia de San Augustin  (XVII century)

 

Church of St. Dominic - the only thing left of the Dominican monastery

 

 Talavera de la Reina.  Church of St. Dominic

 Church of St. Dominic
Iglesia de Santo Domingo (XVI century)

 

As in almost every self-respecting Castilian city, Talavera has its own Roman bridge, although, as in principle and everywhere, the Romans are only the name. Some fragments probably remained, but since, due to the floods of the Tahoe, the bridge was often rebuilt and repaired, it was, in the main, not even medieval.

 

 Talavera de la Reina. Roman Bridge

 Roman Bridge
Puente Romano (XV-XVI century)

 

The city walls of Talavera consisted of three rings, built at different times. As it is strange, but the oldest ring of fortifications, the Arabs, is best preserved. Perhaps because it was built of stone, using the materials of Roman buildings, and not from adobe, like the subsequent walls.

 

 The city walls of Talavera

The city walls of Talavera
 Muralles (IX-X century)

 

 The city walls of Talavera

The city walls of Talavera
 Muralles (IX-X century)

 

 The city walls of Talavera

 The city walls of Talavera
 Muralles (IX-X century)

 

In general, the city Talavera is very good. You can stay for a couple of days.

 

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