Free Art, Literature and Architecture
Spain's modern identity was forged by the catholic religion and the monarchy. Many of its
most important buildings are churches, cathedrals, monasteries and palaces, fortresses, and
Each region of Spain has its own architectural style and charms: the northern regions of
the county are rich with European-style castles (in fact, the name of one the main regions,
Castilla, means “castle land”), while the architecture in the South was influenced by Islam.
There are also a good number of valuable Roman ruins throughout the country. In more re-
cent times, styles like Modernism have had their influence as well.
As you read through this chapter and plan your trip, make sure to check each event's website
before visiting, as dates, times, and other pertinent details change regularly.