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CAPITAL OF THE GOTHIC ART IN SPAIN

Burgos is the capital of the gothic art in Spain with the cathedral, the monastery of "las Huelgas" and the chartreuse of "Miraflores".

Burgos is also the town of Rodigo Diaz de Vivar "El Cid Campeador" the famous hero of Castile in the 11th c. and the husband of Jimena of Oviedo.
The legendary personality of El Cid according to the epic poem "Cantar de mío Cid" (around 1180), the later "Las Mocedades del Cid" by Guillen de Castro (1618) and the French tragi-comedy Le Cid from Corneille (1636) is rather different from the historic Rodigo Diaz.

BURGOS CAPITALE GOTHIQUE DE CASTILLE.

Le guide vert bien connu des francophones attribue 3 * et un "vaut le voyage" à Burgos et sa cathédrale.
Appréciation bien méritée car la cathédrale est effectivement une merveille de l'art gothique du "Nord" puisque les architectes et sculpteurs vinrent de Bourgogne, Flandres et Rhénanie. Ils ont trouvé dans l'art local mauresque "mudéjar" une inspiration qui permit de renouveler ici au XVe siècle en Castille et Léon le gothique flamboyant qui s'affaiblissait alors dans le Nord de l'Europe qui était son berceau.

L'autre attraction de Burgos est son héros "El Cid Campeador" dont Corneille nous raconta la passion pour Chimène.

N'avons-nous pas gardé quelque souvenir de:
"Rodrigue, as-tu du cœur ?"

"Je suis jeune, il est vrai, mais aux âmes bien nées,
La valeur n'attend point le nombre des années."

"Va, je ne te hais point."

"Et le combat cessa faute de combattants."

  • Last visit to Burgos: Dec 2003
  • Intro Updated Apr 8, 2007
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 18, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Somehow I have not seen this page up to now – very interesting, especially your tip about the historic Rodigo Diaz, El Cid. I never knew he was also a mercenary who served Moorish king of Zaragoza and later led a combined Christian and Moorish army. Very different from the legend!

  • bugulma's Profile Photo
    Sep 22, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    seems nice place to visit! very interesting architecture

  • Apr 6, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    your photos and tips are stunning eddy! i love to explore your pages, they are always of top quality, very informative, and i can learn something from them! bravo dear sir!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Apr 19, 2007 at 5:04 AM

    Very impressive gothic Cathedral of Burgos. I have certainly heard of El Cid, but now I know a little bit more about him. Thanks for sharing.

  • Chicham's Profile Photo
    Apr 18, 2007 at 7:57 AM

    No doubt, I also prefer the Cid of Corneille.

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