Today, Matteo and I spent some time exploring Teruel. Yesterday, I’d not taken my camera with me when we went to have dinner with colleagues, and regretted leaving it at the apartment pretty soon. The evening light was quite beautiful. Today, it didn’t rain, but it poured. Loads. Two fully-grown thunderstorms with lots of lightning, and some serious rain. The hills visible in the panorama I posted yesterday were not visible anymore, and this occurred three time during one day. The short rain-free window in the afternoon, however, gave us ample opportunity to Canonize the town.
Los Arcos – an aqueduct completed in 1554. There is a very detailed wikipedia page on this, but it is in Spanish only (Google translate does as very good job of translating it!). This shows nicely the geographic position of Teruel: the old town is located on a steep-sided hill, and great military minds decided to keep it inaccessible by not filling up the ravines around it.
Here’s a view of the old town – this is a cheap HDR attempt using a default setting etc. of my photo editing program.
Some more impressions:
Catedral de Santa Maria de Teruel (wiki page). This photo has enormous distortion because I shot it at 18mm and with the camera pointing up, which created falling lines. Trying to correct that I found some neat tricks in hugin, then used HDR on the resulting files. Yes, I’ll soon post how to do that.
The cathedral is a remarkable example of the Mudéjar architecture style. It’s one of ten buildings in Aragon that together form a World Heritage Site.
Another view of the cathedral, this a true panorama image also made with hugin. In this case there was no chance to use HDR to make the sky more interesting, as I had only one set of photos with uniform exposure available. Should have brought a tripod.
Typical for Teruel are narrow calle (streets) with high buildings built wall-to-wall on either side. Typically, most windows have narrow balconies. This style was followed for a long time, so that you can find buildings adhering to the same pattern from medieval times to very recent additions.At the end of many streets a church tower or a piece of the city wall (including Modéjar towers) is looming, giving them a feeling not of a narrow passage to wherever, but more of a snug little passage.
And here two photos of a more exuberant extreme of architectural decorations, but still following the overall style.
OK, enough for today – there will be more soon! The landscape around here is pretty incredible, too, and as soon as the weather gets better a photo tour is planned.