The beauty of 8 years has passed since my Erasmus. I still remember the fear and the emotions I felt leaving home with a one-way flight to Durham, a small town in northern England.
A few years later I find myself in Erasmus again, this time in Spain at Jerez de la Frontera with just a little difference … I am not the student anymore, this time I am the teacher!
It seems like I can confuse myself pretty well among my seventeen-year-old students (at least so they say) and among the many responsibilities I enjoy it as well! I have baptized this andalusian trip my “second Erasmus”!
Visit Jerez de la Frontera: what to see!
The charming town of Jerez de la Frontera is rich in history, starting from its monumental railway station that is the cornerstone of the city entrance!
First one to visit is the wonderful Alcazar, a former Moorish fortress which has now become a public park with wonderful gardens surrounded by a four-kilometer square quadrangular wall where the octagonal tower in Almohad style rises.
Inside the Alcazar there is the wonderful mosque with the prayer room, preceded by a small room for ritual ablutions which has a miḥrāb indicating the direction towards the Mecca.
In addition to the mosque, do not miss the dark room inside the tallest alcazar tower. Through its lenses you will be able to spy on the whole city and its inhabitants with a scary perfection!
The Salvador Cathedral, with a five-aisle plan of different height, is the main place of worship in the city. Inside the cathedral there are paintings of great artistic value such as the Christ of the Beast, of the late fifteenth century and The Little Virgin of Francisco de Zurbarán.
Another marvelous church not to be missed in Jerez de la Frontera is “San Miguel”, founded to commemorate a legendary event, the precious aid of the archangel Michael to the Christian army during a battle to conquer the city.
In the next blog post I will show you what to do in Jerez de la Frontera!!
Here’s just a small preview..
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