This week, Jake has requested entrances. Here are some of my favourite ones from our trip to Spain and Morocco. I thought I’d start off with a few palaces.
This is an entrance to the Alhambra Palace in Granada. It was originally constructed as a fortress in 889, and was converted into a palace in 1333.
The Royal Palace in Fez, is one of the most elegant buildings in Morocco. Unfortunately for us, it was not open to the public, so we didn’t get to pass through these beautiful golden gates.
Here is the entrance to the ‘Palacio Real de Madrid, the largest palace in Europe and the official residence of the Spanish Royal family. It has 2,000 luxuriously decorated rooms, so plenty of space for visitors. 🙂
The Alcázar of Seville, is also a royal palace, and was once a Moorish fortress. Today, the Spanish Royal family use only the top floors of the palace.
Here is the entrance to the Park Güell in which the Gaudi House Museum stands. Gaudi lived here for twenty years, until his death in 1926. In 1963, it was turned into a museum, which houses many of his sculptures, paintings and drawings, as well as furniture designed by him.
His greatest and most ambitious work, La Sagrada Familia is still under construction over a century later. It was started in 1882, and when objections were raised as to the extended completion date of the Basilica, Gaudi replied, “Don’t worry, my client isn’t in a hurry.” 🙂
The church entrance with the Sagrada Familia is outstanding. These are all beautiful entrances. Very nice ….
Lovely photo’s, AD. And I can’t imagine actually living in either of the Spanish palaces, lol! What wild, weird imaginations some of the architects had…
Thanks so much, adee. I wouldn’t like to live in a place either, but I suppose i wouldn’t need to worry about doing the housework myself. 🙂
Amazing sights 🙂 Stunning pics too, Sylvia!
Thanks so much, Paula. 🙂
What an amazing location! Super Sylvia!
Thanks so much, Phil. It was a great vacation. 🙂
Fabulous entrances, ad.
Thanks so much. 🙂
I think you ought to go into the postcard business. Those pictures are to die for!
Now there’s a thought, Marsha. Do people send postcards any more? I’ve given up, as they arrive weeks after we’ve arrived home from holiday, if at all. 🙂
There are always postcards to buy in every tourist place I visit. I get them just because I like to remember the place. 🙂
Great post. You’ve traveled to many wonderful places. Good gosh I didn’t realize the ‘Palacio Real de Madrid’ had so many rooms.
I still look forward to visiting Barcelona and seeing Gaudi’s buildings. What an incredible man!
Thanks, Rosie. I agree with you. Gaudi was an absolute genius.
Gorgeous place! I’m speechless.
Thanks so much. I’m happy to see you here. 🙂
Grand entrances, all of them! 🙂
Thanks, LuAnn. 🙂
Very impressive and beautiful entrances.
They were definitely worth photographing. 🙂
Stunning pics! It’s amazing what people can come up with.
The Gaudi Museum is just jaw-droppingly amazing…loved them all, but that one takes the cake!
We spent a long time there. 🙂
Thanks, Miss P.
Great entrances well captured! I love Gaudi or course – but Al Hambra and the others are wonderful too.
Thanks so much, Ann Christine. Glad you enjoyed my pics. 🙂
what beautiful shots.! have nice day.
Thanks you so much, Stefan.
From simple to over the top, a great collection! …. and a reminder of the many joys of travels.
Glad you enjoyed, Frank. 🙂
Wow! what beautiful shots. Imagine 2000 rooms! Lol Hugs Paula xxx
Thanks, Paula. I get lost in a place that size. 🙂
you can’t beat a good palace
Definitely not, Dallas. Just ask the Queen. 🙂
Great selection AD 😀
Thanks, Chris. 🙂
Certainly some grand entrances there Sylvia. I’m sure you’ve made a few yourself 😉
Thank you, Adrian. Yes, I suppose I have. 🙂
Beautiful entrances AD! Great post. 🙂 *hugs*
Thanks, Sonel. Happy weekend to you. xx
You sure have some interesting entrances to interest your followers… lol beautiful photos of magnificent places…
Thanks so much. Glad you liked them. 🙂
Well, you’ve certainly made a grand entrance to this week’s photo challenge!
As far as I recall, La Sagrada Familia will be another 20-30 years before it is completed. I wonder what Gaudi would have thought about how it will finally turn out?
Thanks, Marianne. Yes, I’m sure Gaudi would be more than a little surprised if he were to see it now. 🙂
lovely post, made my depression lift somewhat. Thanks for starting me on a door-trail 😉
I’m so glad, sidey. “A door trail” sounds like fun. 🙂
it may well be 😉
Wow, they are all amazing!
thank you for the tour..
You’re very welcome, Elizz. 🙂
These are fantastic! But Casablanca is my favorite. Sentimental reasons. 🙂
Thanks, Gemma. Glad you enjoyed seeing Rick’s Cafe. 😉
What great entrances, Sylvia, and some I hope to see this summer in Spain. The Park Güell of the Gaudi House Museum is so extravagant, and I love the Alhambra Palace and Rick’s Cafe photos. 🙂
Thanks, Cathy. You really have a treat in store for you. 🙂
That is great. I enjoyed it.
Thanks so much. Time you did another post?
Superb gallery .. have shared the Barcelona and Seville entrances. That castle in Seville was so stunning … no wonder the royal family want their part of it.
Thanks, Viveka. Yes, I really enjoyed wandering through the beautiful Alcázar. 🙂
Truly beautiful castle .. and the garden. I really liked Seville, even it it was far too hot when I was there, +40C we had one day.
Beautiful pictures, Sylvia! It worries me slightly that it would take over a century to finish a building (hope it doesn’t take me that long to finish mine) 😉
Thanks, Dianne. Yes, I hope you RUC goes much quicker. 🙂
wonderful places ad, i am glad to have seen the gaudi works in barcelona at least!
Thanks, Christine. I would love to go back to Barcelona, just to see the Gaudi architecture once again.
S wants to go to Spain again next year … so maybe we will see something else beyond Barcelona … who knows!
Grand entrances are your thing!
Didn’t you try being the piano player in Rick’s? Then someone could call you Sam and ask you to play it again, and you could tell them they were misquoting the line. 🙂
Hahaha. No I didn’t want to show up the pianist they had playing there. 🙂
Stunning photos, AD, and thank you for taking me back to the fairy tale of La Sagrada Familia.
Thanks so much, Marion. Glad you enjoyed. 🙂
Ummm – a lovely set of entrances, Ad. 🙂
Oh, I do wish ‘awesome’ hadn’t become such an overused term. 😉
Me too, Gunta, I would use it for some of your photos. 🙂
and I would say the same to your vast array of marvelous and interesting photos and locations (though the Gaudi fingernails still give me fits)
Thanks so much. I’m sorry those horrific nails still give you nightmares. 😯
I wanted to say “awesome”,but majestic and beautiful came to mind first 🙂
I love Moorish architecture and the Alhambra always looks so serene.
A little bit Moorish AD 😉 lovely selection you shared .
I wish they would hurry up and finish La Sagrada Familia , I’ve only got one with masses of scaffolding ….
Would love to visit Seville .
Awesome photos and awesome post 🙂
I have always loved Al Hambra! Thank you for that, and the other pictures are great too. Well done! Happy to share this on my Twitter and Facebook page! 🙂
Archways and doorways have always symbolized a new adventure to me. And you have had many adventures….lovely photos. Thank you for making my day.
That Gaudi person was a real visionary!! Such lovely, flowing places he created! Just beautiful AD 😉
As for the entrance to Rick’s Cafe – you know my feelings in that regard 😉