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By Michael Eaude

Squeezed among extra robust France and Spain, Catalonia has persisted a violent historical past. Its medieval empire that conquered Naples, Sicily and Athens used to be overwhelmed by way of Spain. Its geography, with the Pyrenees falling sharply to the rugged Costa Brava, is tormented, too.

Michael Eaude lines this background and it monuments: roman Tarragona, celebrated via the poet Martial; Greek Empúries, misplaced for hundreds of years underneath the sands; medieval Romanesque structure within the Vall de Bo:i church buildings (a global history sequence) and Poblet and Santes Creus monasteries. He tells the tales of numerous of Catalonia's nice figures: Abbot Olivia, who introduced Moorish studying to Europe, the ruthless mercenary, Roger de Flor, and Verdaguer, good-looking poet-priest.

Catalonia is known at the present time for its twentieth-century artwork. This e-book makes a speciality of the innovative paintings Nouveau structures (including the Sagrada Família) of Antoni Gaudí. It additionally explores the region's creative legacy: the younger Picasso portray Barcelona's brilliant slums; Salvador Dalí, encouraged via the twisted rocks of Cap de Creus to color his landscapes of the human brain; and Joan Miró, gaining knowledge of the colours of the purple earth at Montroig.

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