Burgos is the historic capital of Castilla, the heartland of modern Spain. Since the middle ages Burgos used to be a wealthy and prosperous city, renown for its cathedral and its beauty. Rich in colours and sunshine as well. Some details though are best seen in absence of colour. The following black and white shots were done in April 2019.
Most of the visitors arriving in Spain visit the coasts and Madrid. Not as many people travel around the region of Castile. Being the historic heartland of the Spanish kingdom though the regions of Castile and Leon have a lot to offer. The town of Salamanca for example has the oldest university of Spain and is one of the oldest in the world (picture 1, 3). Burgos was one of the first capitals of the kingdom and is still a pretty impressive town with a grandiose cathedral (picture 2, 4). The city of Avila is pretty interesting because of its completely intact medieval city wall (last picture). All of these towns have beautiful churches and exquisite cuisine. Also the region is pretty compact, you do not travel more than two or three ours to the next larger city.
During the middle ages and especially in the early modern period, when Spain conquered large parts of the world, Castile as heartland of the Iberian peninsula used to be one of the richest places on earth. Evidence to this period can still be seen in the immense architectural wealth of the region. Many town have grandiose gothic cathedrals like for example Burgos (pictures 3 and 5) or even smaller beautiful churches like the Convento de Santa Teresa de Jesús in Avila (pictures 2 and 4). Particularly impressive is the “Arco de Santa María” city gate in Burgos, built by Charles V. in the 16th century (pictures 1 and 6).
The city of Tarnów is situated in the south of Poland. Before WWI this part of the country belonged to the Austro-Hungarian empire, so the town shares many architectural features with other places in the region like a large square and pretty baroque houses.
There is a special quality to the early green of spring. The leafs seem brighter under the morning light and the colours more fresh than in later months. Everything just seems alive and thriving after the long hardships of winter.