The Fiesta Nacional is, as the name denotes, an annual celebration across Spain of a huge Spanish legacy that gave the world – the New World – a single (Spanish) denominator for the cultures in the vast Americas and brought the region under one dominant language. It set off the Golden Age of exploration and colonization, catapulting Spain as the first-ever world power. But couching it in today’s politically acceptable lingo, the Fiesta Nacional is touted as celebrating Spain’s union and brotherhood with the international community.
WELCOME TO THE LIRIA PALACE, DEPOSITORY OF THE DIARY CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS WROTE IN HIS VOYAGES TO THE NEW WORLD »
Palacio de Liria: the official residence of the Duke/Duchess of Alba, the biggest private residence in the capital, next only in importance to the Royal Palace a stone’s throw away. It houses the Fundacion Casa de Alba’s art and historical collection, one of the biggest and most important privately owned collections in Spain. It used to be that you had to wait years for the (paid) privilege of visiting the Liria. But now the House of Alba Foundation has decided to convert the Liria into a regular museum, open to the public everyday
I longed to be inside the beautiful León Cathedral again. . . The Burgos Carhedral. . . The Seville Cathedral. . . The Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes in the magical city of Toledo. . . The Capilla Real de Granada. . . The Monasterio de la Cartuja. . . To walk around the medieval walled city of Avila. . .
It may lack sparkle but the Doce de Octubre marks the game-changing moment in the history of the world, no less!
Madrileños, and Spaniards in general, took the Fiesta Nacional as an opportunity to not only show their support for the police corps,but also to declare their stand on the Catalonian crisis, shouting phrases such as “No os engañan, Cataluña es España"