My new appreciation for the harsh beauty of central Espana and El Greco!
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It is the capitol of the
The old city is located on a mountaintop and it gets up to 150 degrees, surrounded on three sides by a bend in the Tagus River and contains many historical sites, including the Alcazar, the cathedral (the primate church of Spain), and the Zocodover, a central market place.
I really enjoyed just walking the streets of this city that time forgot. The desolate landscape in the distance just adds to the ambience. You may be walking through the cramped alleyways at one moment and then walk into a square that has views of the almost desert like surroundings……..amazing.
I happened opon a local artist that practices an art form more than a millieum old, damascening. Damascening is the application of gold or silver on iron or steel to produce a decorative pattern.
The procedure used by the artisans is to cover the surface of the object lengthwise and across with fine, narrow grooves, by means of sharp steel cutting tools. Then gold threats or fine wires are taken and the decorative pattern drawn, the wire being pressed into grooves by means of a steel punch. In order that the gold is perfectly retained it is hammered in with a small punch and a hammer. Afterwards the part is blued using the same procedure as employed for blueing firearms.
I was able to watch the artist as he was creating one of these amazing pieces. He was able work the wire into the tiny channels without a magnifying glass. I couldn't resist.....I bought a Moorish star design and small pendant of renais
The Museo Santa Cruz was a fantastic collection of El Greco masterpieces and over 1000 years of decorative arts from all over
As my day drew to a close, I was so glad that I had take the time to come to