A Guide to Spain

A Guide to Spain

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1865 edition. Excerpt: ...crosswise on the pole of his plough--this is all that animates the narrow, ill-paved streets of modern Leon, and reminds the traveller that it is not a city deserted in time of some great plague, and the inheritance of the bustard and the weed. Out-of-theway, apathetic, and rancio Leon has preserved its Gotho-Castilian character, with all its couleur locale, old habits, customs, and costumes, and may be regarded, as the key opening into that terra incognita, never properly investigated, which comprises the province of Leon, Asturias, and Galicia--in a word, the Switzerland of Southern Europe. The shrill whistle of the railway engine will probably awake the Leoneses. and usher their mediaeval city into the light and active life of the 19th century. Its very situation on the high road between the ports of Galicia and Asturias and the granaries of the Castiles, seems to invite prosperity, and point a future rival to Valladolid. Manufactories--those cathedrals of modern times--might be erected in these plains which three rivers water so abundantly. But that great curse of Spain, want of population, though larger now than it has ever been, is nowhere felt more than here. Thus, on a surface of 15,971 square kit., the population is 340,244, of which there are only six foreign residents, and in 1860, twelve foreigners travelling (trunseunles). The man of pleasure, and the invalid, will do well to avoid this dull, gloomy, Goth town, but not so the antiquary and all real travellers, for whom Leon holds in reserve treasures of the Byzantine, Gothic, and Plateresque periods of architecture, besides which, its associations with the early history of Spain, the aspect of its environs, the dress of its inhabitants, and above all, its superb cathedral, one of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 396 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 21mm | 703g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123663702X
  • 9781236637024