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NEWS & EVENTS 2018-01-16T17:41:41+00:00
2111, 2017

Palacio de Las Dueñas

This morning I visited another garden that we would like to take our REEP McLAREN Scholars to visit next year during the Scholarship in Spain – Palacio de Las Dueñas.

A Renaissance-style palace with Moorish and Gothic flourishes, the palace of Las Dueñas features Islamic-style ‘patios’ (courtyard gardens), divided into four with decorative tiled paths and fountains at their centre. The palace was built in the 15th-16th centuries, as the home […]

2011, 2017

Alcázar, Seville

As our 2018 REEP McLAREN Scholars will be studying faith gardens during their Scholarship in Spain, we simply have to include a visit to the Alcázar in Seville. I visited here for the first time today during my research trip to Spain.

Mudéjar and Christian architectural styles are united in this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage-listed Alcázar palace. Originally a 10th century fort, the Alcázar was enlarged and redesigned over the […]

1811, 2017

El Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial

In addition to exploring gardens in the time of Cervantes, our 2018 REEP McLAREN Scholars will be studying faith gardens. Spain is a wonderful place to explore this theme, especially because of its Moorish and Catholic history. Inés and I visited Escorial this afternoon to see one of the most famous monastery gardens in Spain – that of Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial. We hope to take […]

1711, 2017

Alcála de Henares

The first is the Botanical garden of the University of Alcála, the second is the Cervantes Birthplace Museum. As the theme of Round One of the Scholarship (Britain, 2016) was gardens in the time of William Shakespeare, we would like to expand on this is Round Two by exploring gardens in Spain during the time of Shakespeare’s literary contemporary, Miguel de Cervantes. So, this morning Inés and I visited Cervantes’ hometown, […]

1611, 2017

Real Jardín Botanico, Madrid (Scholarship 2018)

Today I visited Real Jardín Botanico, Madrid – one of the gardens we hope for our REEP McLAREN Scholars to visit next Spring. These lovely botanical gardens were opened by King Carlos III in 1781, with the aim of creating a garden in which to grow and display plant species from every corner of the Spanish Empire. They were also intended to be used to grow medicinal plants to supply […]

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    Round 2 of the Scholarship will examine links between Islamic and Christian garden design in Spain’s Golden Age. For more information, visit the Scholarship section of the website.
    2311, 2017

    Centro Cerámica Triana

    Converted from the old Santa Ana Ceramic Factory, Seville’s Ceramics Centre is designed to educate people about the long history of ceramic tile production in the Triana district. Visitors can see the old kilns and production materials of the Santa Ana Factory, as well as examples of ceramic tiles from Moorish times to the present day. We hope to take our Scholars here next year during the REEP McLaren Scholarship in […]

    2211, 2017

    Monasterio de nuestra Señora Santa Maria de las Cuevas

    On Inés’ recommendation, I visited another potential site for the 2018 REEP McLAREN Scholarship – Monasterio de nuestra Señora Santa Maria de las Cuevas. Better known as ‘la Cartuja’, this fascinating monastery began its life in Moorish times, when caves were dug in the area to extract clay to make pots. When an image of the Virgin was discovered here in 1248, a shrine was erected and named Virgen de la […]

    2211, 2017

    Catedral de Santa Maria de la Sede, Seville

    Did you know that as well as being the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, Seville’s Cathedral de Santa Maria De La Sede started life as a Mosque? How wonderful to see Islamic and Christian styles together in one beautiful building – no wonder UNESCO have named it a World Heritage Site. Anyone familiar with Marrakech may find the Cathedral’s Giralda tower familiar – it was once a minaret identical […]

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    2311, 2017

    Centro Cerámica Triana

    Converted from the old Santa Ana Ceramic Factory, Seville’s Ceramics Centre is designed to educate people about the long history of ceramic tile production in the Triana district. Visitors can see the old kilns and production materials of the Santa Ana Factory, as well as examples of ceramic tiles from Moorish times to the present day. We hope to take our Scholars here next year during the REEP McLaren Scholarship in […]

    2211, 2017

    Monasterio de nuestra Señora Santa Maria de las Cuevas

    On Inés’ recommendation, I visited another potential site for the 2018 REEP McLAREN Scholarship – Monasterio de nuestra Señora Santa Maria de las Cuevas. Better known as ‘la Cartuja’, this fascinating monastery began its life in Moorish times, when caves were dug in the area to extract clay to make pots. When an image of the Virgin was discovered here in 1248, a shrine was erected and named Virgen de la […]

    2211, 2017

    Catedral de Santa Maria de la Sede, Seville

    Did you know that as well as being the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, Seville’s Cathedral de Santa Maria De La Sede started life as a Mosque? How wonderful to see Islamic and Christian styles together in one beautiful building – no wonder UNESCO have named it a World Heritage Site. Anyone familiar with Marrakech may find the Cathedral’s Giralda tower familiar – it was once a minaret identical […]

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      Apr
      13
      Fri
      REEP McLAREN Scholarship @ Spain
      Apr 13 – May 6 all-day
      REEP McLAREN Scholarship @ Spain
      Round 2 of the Scholarship will examine links between Islamic and Christian garden design in Spain’s Golden Age. For more information, visit the Scholarship section of the website.
        Apr
        13
        Fri
        REEP McLAREN Scholarship @ Spain
        Apr 13 – May 6 all-day
        REEP McLAREN Scholarship @ Spain
        Round 2 of the Scholarship will examine links between Islamic and Christian garden design in Spain’s Golden Age. For more information, visit the Scholarship section of the website.