Spain's Nine World Heritage Cities
Bonded by UNESCO in acknowledgement of their natural, scenic and monumental appeal, Spain's GROUP OF WORLD HERITAGE CITIES is the most important in any one country in the world and is composed of nine historic core units in so many cities.
From Galician mists and pilgrims' offerings to the Apostle James in SANTIAGO de COMPOSTELA , the heritage list ranges across to CORDOBA, the capital of the Omayyads and once the gem of the known world, which, in its mosque and old quarters (the JUDERIA and San Lorenzo areas), possesses and extraordinary monumental heritage, infused with the very essence of Andalusia in its alleys, lanes and gardens. From the learned Renaissance cloisters of SALAMANCA, one is then taken via walled and mystic AVILA where the passer-by still seems to hear the wandering tread of St. Teresa de Jesus, and on to Segovia of Roman and 16-th century "Comunero" insurgency fame, its mansions proudly emblazoned with the coats-of-arms of the Castilian nobility.
In similar vein, CUENCA and its wonder of nature await, defying orthodoxy, hanging bewitched, magically suspended above the twin ravines gashed by its tow rivers, while CACERES proves a revelation in each and every street of its Old Quarter, a Quarter as splendid as it is well-preserved, and TOLEDO, the medieval capital of Spain, rises from the banks of the Tagus like some rambling, old house in which the history and jeweled perfection of ten centuries lies waiting to be discovered.
World Heritage status was recently accorded to the city of ALCAL'A DE HENARES, seat of one of Spain's most glorious universities and birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes.
The World Heritage Cities are waiting to reveal the living traces of History.
Explore the fascinating remnants of Jewish history in cities across Spain. In Green S pain, Oviedo, Ribadavia and Tudela have former Jewish settlements worth exploring. There is an Old Jewish Quarter in Madrid and another in Segovia. Toledo (known as the "Jerusalem of Spain") had at least five Talmudic schools and ten synagogues in 1391; two remain, converted to churches. Andalusia was an important center of Jewish culture, with significant settlements in Seville, Granada, Lucena and C Cordoba, the birthplace of Maimonides, where you'll find the country's second oldest synagogue. Not far from Barcelona, Girona is one of the oldest and best preserved Jewish
settlements in Spain.