Posts Tagged ‘museum’

Santiago de Compostella

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

June 16, 2009

We started the day off in front of the Catedral de Santiago.

Catedral de Santiago

Catedral de Santiago

This is the end of the pilgrimage route from France through the northern part of Spain.  The plaza it faces is home to many of the government buildings for the region.

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National Museum of Roman Art

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

June 11, 2009

Architect: Rafael Moneo

Date: 1980-1985

Location: Merida, Spain

The National Museum of Roman Art was built to display the Roman artifacts from around Spain.  It was designed to use the Roman style as a source of style.  The entire building appears to be constructed from Brick but instead the brick is a fromwork for the reinforced concrete.  From the outside the building tries to not appear massive through the use of buttresses that line the main street facade.

National Museum of Roman Art Exterior

National Museum of Roman Art Exterior

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Madrid, the new city

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

June 2, 2009

In the morning we visited the Museo del Prado.  There was some really nice work inside the museum but one of the most interesting was the Las Meninas.  This painting was to be of the King and Queen but instead they are represented in the mirror in the far back causing the viewer to be placed as the King and Queen.

Las Meninas

Las Meninas (not my photo)

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Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofia

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

June 1, 2009

Architect: Jean Nouvel

Date: 2005

Location: Madrid, Spain

We approached the Reina Sofia from the plaza on the opposite side of the new addition.  From this side the only visible signs of the addition is a pair of elevator towers.

Reina Sofia Old Section

Reina Sofia Old Section

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Caixa Forum

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

June 1, 2009

Architect: Herzog & De Muron

Date: 2008

Location: Madrid, Spain

In Spain it is common for banks to create free cultural institutions and the Caixa Forum is one of the prominent examples.  The bank la Caixa commissioned Herzog & de Meuron to design this building.  The building is built within and on top of the hollowed out existing industrial building.

Caixa Forum

Caixa Forum

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