Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Arco de Santa María

"The Arco de Santa María [in Burgos, Spain], was once the main gate to the old city and part of the 14th-century walls. It now hosts temporary exhibitions, but its real charm lies as a backdrop to the Puente de Santa María or Paseo de Espolón." Lonely Planet

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Miguel de Cervantes

Parque de La Isla, Burgos

"Too much sanity may be madness and the maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be."

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Parque de La Isla

There's a lot more to Burgos, I discovered, than its wonderful cathedral. There's also this fabulous park along the banks of the Arlanzón river. One of the things I liked about it is that it's obviously a place where the locals gather as well as the tourists.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Santiago Matamoros

Burgos Cathedral

Uhm, there's a reason why this sculpture now appears in the cathedral's museum rather than in the cathedral proper: "Saint James the Moor-slayer (Spanish: Santiago Matamoros) is the name given to the representation (painting, sculpture, etc.) of the apostle James, son of Zebedee, as a legendary, miraculous figure who appeared at the also legendary Battle of Clavijo, helping the Christians conquer the Muslim Moors." ~ Wikipedi

Friday, October 26, 2018

Open Book

Burgos Cathedral

An open book signifies education, knowledge and wisdom. Apostles and saints are often shown with open books. Likewise, the Virgin Mary is frequently shown holding an open book, symbolic of her submission to God's holy law.

Thursday, October 25, 2018


Burgos Cathedral

"A monstrance, also known as an ostensorium (or an ostensory), is the vessel used in Roman Catholic, Old Catholic and Anglican churches for the more convenient exhibition of some object of piety, such as the consecrated Eucharistic host during Eucharistic adoration or Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. It is also used as reliquary for the public display of relics of some saints. The word monstrance comes from the Latin word monstrare, while the word ostensorium came from the Latin word ostendere. Both terms, meaning 'to show', are used for vessels intended for the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, but ostensorium has only this meaning." ~ Wikipedia

Wednesday, October 24, 2018


Burgos Cathedral

"A cloister (from Latin claustrum, 'enclosure') is a covered walk, open gallery, or open arcade running along the walls of buildings and forming a quadrangle or garth. The attachment of a cloister to a cathedral or church, commonly against a warm southern flank, usually indicates that it is (or once was) part of a monastic foundation, 'forming a continuous and solid architectural barrier... that effectively separates the world of the monks from that of the serfs and workmen, whose lives and works went forward outside and around the cloister.'" ~ Wikipedia

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Processional Cross

Burgos Cathedral

"A processional cross is a crucifix or cross which is carried in Christian processions. Such crosses have a long history: the Gregorian mission of Saint Augustine of Canterbury to England carried one before them 'like a standard', according to Bede. Other sources suggest that all churches were expected to possess one. They became detachable from their staffs, so that the earliest altar crosses were processional crosses placed on a stand at the end of the procession. In large churches the 'crux gemmata', or richly jewelled cross in precious metal, was the preferred style. Notable early examples include the Cross of Justin II (possibly a hanging votive cross originally), Cross of Lothair, and Cross of Cong." ~ Wikipedia

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Quill Pen

Burgos Cathedral

"It is not known when the first quills appeared, but it is known that some parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls were written with quill in 2nd century BC. St. Isidore of Seville mentions them in the 7th century in his writings, and it is believed that quills then began to spread as a popular method of writing as better than reed pens. With quills, it was easy to write on parchment and vellum." ~

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Friday, October 19, 2018


The star-shape vaulted ceiling over the Chapel of the Constable in the Burgos Cathedral.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Chapel of the Constable

The Chapel of the Constable in Burgos Cathedral, begun in 1482, was founded by the Constable of Castile, Pedro Fernández de Velasco, and his wife Dona Mencia de Mendoza. It was designed by Simón de Colonia.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Golden Staircase

Golden Staircase
Burgos Cathedral

Escalera Dorada ("Golden Staircase") by Diego de Siloé, built in the 16th century and inspired by the Italian Renaissance.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Tree of Jesse

Chapel of The Conception or St. Anne (Detail)
Burgos Cathedral

This is the work of Gil de Siloe, who put the finishing touches to the main section in 1492; it depicts the Tree of Jesse around the embrace of Joaquin and Anne, the parents of the Virgin Mary.

Friday, October 12, 2018


Chapel of the Visitation
Burgos Cathedral

"A sunburst is a design or figure commonly used in architectural ornaments and design patterns. It consists of rays or 'beams' radiating out from a central disk in the manner of sunbeams. Sometimes part of a sunburst, a semicircular or semi-elliptical shape, is used. Traditional sunburst motifs usually show the rays narrowing as they get further from the centre; from the later 19th century they often get wider." ~ Wikipedia

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Juan de Sahagún

Chapel of San Juan de Sahagún
Burgos Cathedral

"John of Sahagún, O.E.S.A. (Spanish: Juan de Sahagún), (24 June 1419 – 11 June 1479) was a Spanish Augustinian friar and priest. He was a leading preacher regarding social behavior of his day. He has been declared a saint by the Catholic Church." ~ Wikipedia

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

San Gregorio

"The Colegio de San Gregorio is an Isabelline style building located in the city of Valladolid, in Castile and León, Spain, it was formerly a college and now is housing the Museo Nacional de Escultura museum. . .

This building is one of the best examples of the architectural style known as Isabelline, which is the characteristic architectural style of the Crown of Castile region during the Catholic Monarchs' reign (late-15th century to early-16th century)." ~ Wikipedia

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

San Pablo

"The Iglesia conventual de San Pablo or San Pablo de Valladolid is a church and former convent, of Isabelline style, in the city of Valladolid, in Castile and León, Spain. The church was commissioned by Cardinal Juan de Torquemada between 1445 and 1468. It was subsequently extended and refurbished until 1616. Kings Philip II and Philip IV of Spain were baptized in the church, and it was visited by Napoleon. It is one of the buildings considered most emblematic of the city." ~ Wikipedia

Monday, October 1, 2018


Don't you just wonder what lies (lurks) beneath these medieval streets?