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PRST 6430: Historic Preservation Field Studies: Europe syllabus

PRST 6430: Historic Preservation Field Studies: Europe syllabus

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Tulane School of Architecture Field Studies in Historic Preservation (PRST 6430

Portugal and Spain – Winter Break 2010-11 Eugene D. Cizek, PhD, and Mark W. Thomas III, MPS DATES

27 December 2010 – 09 January 2011

FLIGHTS Continental Airlines
• • • • 27 Dec 27 Dec 09 Jan 09 Jan

New Orleans – Newark Newark – Lisboa Madrid – Newark Newark – New Orleans

#217 #64 #63 #816

2:40 pm – 6:48 pm 8:15 pm – 8:10 am, 28 Dec 11:25 am – 2:10 pm 8:00 pm – 10:46 pm

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE (14 days travel / 12 nights lodging)
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday 27 Dec 28 Dec 29 Dec 30 Dec 31 Dec 01 Jan 02 Jan 03 Jan 04 Jan 05 Jan 06 Jan 07 Jan 08 Jan 09 Jan Overnight flight Lisboa Lisboa Evora Sevilla Sevilla Sevilla Cordoba Granada Madrid Madrid Salamanca Madrid Afternoon flight Travel Day / NO to Lisboa Arrive Lisboa, airport transfer, dinner / fado Half day Lisboa / half day Estoril, Cascais, Sintra All day Silver Coast, Fatima, Evora Evora, Elvas, Merida, arrive Sevilla / New Years Half day Sevilla (afternoon) morning free Half day Cadiz / afternoon free Moratalla Garden, afternoon tour of Cordoba, Madinat al-Zahra, on to Granada / afternoon tour Granada / Madrid / King’s Day Celebration All day Madrid and Toledo Segovia, Avila, on way to Salamanca Salamanca, then back to Madrid Travel Day / Madrid to NO

Day 10 Wednesday Day 11 Thursday Day 12 Friday Day 13 Saturday Day 14 Sunday

Portugal and Spain – Winter Break 2010-11 Eugene D. Cizek, PhD, and Mark W. Thomas III, MPS

Tulane School of Architecture Field Studies in Historic Preservation (PRST 6430)

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF ITINERARY (provided by Destination Partners) Day 1 Sunday
Depart New Orleans / travel overnight to Lisboa (via Atlanta or Miami)

27 Dec 28 Dec

Travel Day/ NO to Lisboa Lisboa

Day 2 Monday

Arrive in Lisboa / check into Hotel Parque Real Lunch at a local restaurant and enjoy an orientation tour in Lisbon with your through coach and guide. Overnight at Hotel Parque Real. Breakfast / Lunch Half day Lisboa, Half day Mafra, Sintra, Estoril, Cascais WHS: Monastery of the Hieronymites & Tower of Belem / Lisboa WHS: Cultural Landscape of Sintra

Day 3 Tuesday

29 Dec


Lisbon was the center of Europe’s longest-lived overseas empire. Portugal’s imperial ambitions date back to Prince Henry the Navigator’s 15th-century discoveries in West Africa. Morning sightseeing with a local guide features the Baixa quarter’s main squares, Castelo Sao Jorge, then a walk through the cobbled alleys of quaint Alfama, the quarter of the seamen. Drive past the Bull Ring to Pombal Statue and along the grand Avenida da Liberdade. Stop at Belem Tower, guarding the mouth of the Tagus, and visit Jeronimo’s Monastery with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. An afternoon excursion to Cabo da Roca, the westerly most point of Portugal, is a wonderful chance for a coastal walk. From here, continue to Cascais, a seaside fishing town and resort; continuing to Estoril and winding back to Sintra, then to Mafra to see the magnificent baroque Palacio de Mafra – an adorned palace, basilica and monastery. Return to Lisboa for overnight at Hotel Parque Real. Breakfast / Dinner at a typical taverna with Fado. • Baixa • Castelo Sao Jorge • Alfama • Belem Tower • Monasterio Sao Jeronimo and tomb of Vasco da Gama • Cabo da Roca • Cascais • Estoril • Sintra • Palacio de Mafra

Day 4 Wednesday

Depart Lisboa, - Obidos - Alcobaça - Evora WHS: Monastery of Alcobaca WHS: Monastery of Batalha

30 Dec


Travel to Portugal’s beautiful “Silver Coast,” a spectacular region filled with sleepy villages, rich vineyards and ageold castles. Stop in picture-perfect medieval Obidos, where white washed houses are held snug by medieval city walls. Continue to Alcobaça to visit the Church of Santa Maria Monastery, built in the 12th century for 999 Cistercian monks. The fishing harbor of Nazaré is the perfect place for a leisurely lunch break Travel through beautiful Portuguese countryside and stop in historic Evora. Check into Hotel Mar de Ar Muralhas. Breakfast • Medieval town of Obidos • Monastery of Alcobaca • Monastery of Batalha • Nazare, a beautiful coastal fishing village


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Day 5 Thursday

Tour Evora, Merida, travel to Sevilla WHS: Historic Center of Evora WHS: Historic Center of Merida

31 Dec


Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage site, known as the “Museum City of Portugal.” Inside this medieval walled city lies a 2nd century Roman temple to Diana. A massive wall surrounds Evora’s medieval center, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Follow your Local Guide on a walking tour through its narrow alleys to the Roman Temple, the early gothic Cathedral, Portas de Moura Fountain, and Sao Francisco Church. Visit the Ossuary Chapel, whose walls are covered with thousands of human bones and skulls. Depart Evora and continue to Sevilla, via Merida, with a stop at the ancient Roman City of Merida. Check into Hotel Tryp Macarena. New Year’s Eve Celebration– dinner at Restaurant Patio Sevillano w/ show and New Year party. Breakfast / Dinner • Roman Temple • Cathedral • Portas de Moura Fountain • Sao Francisco Church • Ossuary Chapel • Roman City of Merida

Day 7 Saturday

Half day (afternoon) Cadiz / morning free

01 Jan


Cadiz stands on a peninsula jutting out into a bay, and is almost entirely surrounded by water. Named Gadir by the Phoencians, who founded their trading post in 1100 BC, it was later controlled by the Carthaginians, until it became a thriving Roman port. It sank into oblivion under the Visigoths and Moors, but attained great splendor in the early 16th century as a launching point for the journey to the newly discovered lands of America. Some of the city´s 18th century walls still stand, such as the Landward Gate. The old, central quarter of Cadiz is famous for its picturesque charm, and many of the buildings reflect the city´s overseas links. Worth a visit are the city´s Cathedral and churches of Santa Cruz and San Felipe Neri, which is famous throughout Spain as the place where, in defiance of Napoleon’s siege, the provisional government was set up with its own liberal Constitution. Stay at Hotel Tryp Macarena. Breakfast • Cathedral of Cadiz • Santa Cruz • San Felipe Neri • Landward Gate

Day 8 Sunday

Full day Sevilla WHS: Cathedral, Alcazar, and Archivos de Indias / Sevilla

02 Jan


Today you will enjoy a walking tour of the quaint old Santa Cruz Quarter with its bright flowers, white-washed buildings and winding streets; then continue to Plaza D’Espana and the beautiful Maria Luisa Park, one of the loveliest in all of Europe. Then continue to Seville’s magnificent 15th century Gothic Cathedral and its famous bell tower La Giralda, a symbol of the city. Across the square is the entrance of the impressive Real Alcazar palace completed after the Christian re-conquest in typical Múdejar style. With a maze of rooms, exquisitely decorated patios and exotic gardens, it is one of the oldest royal residences in Europe still in use today. The adjacent 16th century Renaissance building of the Archivo de Indias houses a treasure of information on the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus. Continue in the direction of the Guadalquivir River to the Torre del Oro, originally covered in golden ceramic tiles and the Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza, one of the most beautiful bullrings in the world. Next we continue to Itálica. Just north of Seville, in the small town of Santiponce, lie the Roman ruins of Itálica, the first Roman city in Spain. Due to its excellent preserved state, this is a great archaeological site to visit with one of the largest Roman amphitheatres ever, numerous mythological mosaics, remains of thermal establishments, a theatre and various classical sculptures. Breakfast • Santa Cruz Quarter • Plaza D’Espana and Maria Luisa Park • Cathedral and La Giralda • Real Alcazar / Torre del Oro • Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza • Roman ruins of Itálica


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Day 9 Monday

Depart Sevilla, for Cordoba via Moratalla Garden WHS: Historic Center of Cordoba

03 Jan


On the road to Posadas there is the garden of Moratalla, largely designed by Forestier where entrance is gained through a large iron grille opening onto a wide avenue in the style of the French chateaux. There are some enormous plane trees over a large part of the garden with several characteristic fountains, with the garden tables and benches made of brick and glazed tiles. Once Europe’s richest city, Cordoba is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its grand Mesquita. The historic quarter of Cordoba, once the home of the Jewish community (La Judería) consists of a beautiful network of small streets and squares all arranged around the city’s impressive Mesquita, one of the largest mosques in the world. When the city was re-conquered by Christians in 1236 they were so impressed with its beauty they decided to leave it intact and to build a Cathedral in the midst of its arches and columns - creating an extraordinary church-mosque. Modifications took 234 years, so the original Gothic style is combined with Baroque and Renaissance elements. Cordoba’s other treasures include El Puente Romano or old Roman bridge, the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, with its remarkable Arabian baths and Roman mosaics, and an ancient Jewish synagogue, one of the few synagogues left in Spain today. Check into Hotel Ayre Cordoba. Breakfast • Fortress of the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristiano • Rich fauna and flora and watermills on the banks of the Guadalquivir River • Puerta del Puente gateway and the Roman Bridge • Cordoba’s impressive Mosque-Cathedral • Tiny streets and flowered balconies and patios of the medieval Jewry La Judería • Ancient Jewish synagogue

Day 10 Tuesday

WHS: Alahambra, Generalife, Albaizin / Granada

04 Jan


Morning transfer to Granada via the Medina Azahara Ruins. Visit the ruins. Afternoon arrival at Granada – on arrival sightseeing tour. Visit Granada to discover the famous Alhambra Palaces - a World Heritage UNESCO Site and the second most visited site in Europe. Discover a maze of magnificent halls and intimate courtyards decorated by rows of elegant arches, bubbling fountains and splendidly carved decorations. See the Palace of Charles the 5th, an outstanding example of Spanish Renaissance architecture, and the Alcazaba fortress with its Torre de la Vela tower offering spectacular views of Granada. Continue your visit to the Generalife, a royal place of leisure and recreation with beautiful exotic gardens. In the afternoon you can enjoy a guided walking tour of the historical city centre of Granada with its enormous Moorish, Christian and Jewish cultural heritage. A walk through the medieval Moorish Albaicín neighborhood leads to the River Darro with great views of the Alhambra across the banks and a maze of tiny streets filled with little Arab shops, restaurants and tea houses. You will have time for lunch and you can also explore on your own if you wish. Overnight in Granada at Hotel Macia Real de la Alhambra. Breakfast • Medina Azahara Ruins • Alhambra Palace • Palace of Charles the 5th • Alcazaba fortress • Generalife • Historical city center • Albaicín

Day 11 Wednesday

Depart Granada, for Madrid around 09:00 AM.

05 Jan


On arrival enjoy King’s Parade in Madrid at 05:00 PM. Overnight at Hotel Senator Madrid. Breakfast /


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Day 12 Thursday

Full day Madrid and Toledo WHS: Historic Center of Toledo

06 Jan


This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Madrid. Drive along the Grand Via through the Opera District, Plaza de Colon and view the Royal Palace. Pass through Puerto del Sol Plaza and Plaza España with its monument to the author Cervantes. During a locally guided tour of Madrid’s historic center, see the Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor, where events have been held since the 17th century. A guided tour of the Prado Museum, open since 1819, provides you with an historical and cultural perspective of this magnificent museum that boasts the world's finest collection of art by masters such as Velazquez and Goya. In the afternoon visit Toledo is famous for its Arab and Jewish origins, spectacular architecture, historic buildings, churches, narrow cobblestone alleyways, shops, restaurants, and generally for its atmospheric streets. Toledo is located 70km (46 miles) away from Madrid. It is one of the oldest towns in Europe, called the “city of three cultures”, since Christians, Muslims and Jews lived here in harmony for many years. It has genuine Spanish architecture that includes almost every period in Spain's history (Arab, Gothic, Mudejar, Renaissance and Baroque). The great painter El Greco has made Toledo is home in the 16th century and you can see his work on this tour. Some of the famous sights we will see on this tour include the famous Cathedral, Church of St Tomé (with its famous masterpiece by El Greco); the Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca; the Museum of Victorio Macho; the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, and much more. Toledo is sometimes referred to as an 'openair museum' because it is such a wonderful city to explore. Transfer back to Madrid, overnight at Hotel Senator Espana. Breakfast • • • • • • Prado Museum / Madrid Cathedral de Toledo Church of St Tomé Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca Museum of Victorio Macho Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes

Day 13 Friday

El Escorial, Segovia, Avila, then on to Salamanca WHS: Monastery and Site of Escorial / Madrid WHS: Old Town of Ávila with its Extra-Muros Churches, Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct

07 Jan

Segovia, Avila, Salamanca

La Granja de San Ildefonso - located approximately 11 km / 7 miles south-east of Segovia, 90 km / 56 miles north of Madrid. Bourbon King Felipe V ordered a royal palace to be built in this small town in the likeness of Versailles, the residence of his French grandfather Louis XIV, the sun king, and the place where he had spent his formative years. The 300-room palace is notable for its French Imperial style decoration and fixtures, which were manufactured mainly in Spain. The palace had to be renovated, after it was severely damaged by fire in 1918. Visitors are able to view approximately half the property together with the Museo de Tapices (tapestry museum) which features 16th-to 18th-century works of art collected by Spanish royalty. The palace is situated in decorative formal gardens, which were laid out in 1720 by French architects and gardeners, with some Italian assistance. Particularly noteworthy are the remarkable fountains. Of the twenty-eight fountains featured in the gardens one is 80 metres / 262 feet high. Some fountains are operated on a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 05:00 although this may alter from time to time. Cross the rugged Sierra de Guadarrama to Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage site, most famous for its incredible Aqueduct, a relic of the Roman Empire. We will have time for lunch in one of the many restaurants in the city after which we will explore the Alcazar, a stunning 11th century medieval castle set on a rocky outcrop. Continue to the walled and turreted city of Avila, where St. Theresa founded the order of the Carmelites. From here it is on to the hilltop panoramic view point of Los Cuatro Postes (the four posts) to admire the spectacular view outside the walled city of Avila. The preserved walled city presents a great photo opportunity from this elevated point. Onto Avila and time to discover the 88 towers, 9 gates, Romanesque-style churches, gothic palaces, and one fortified cathedral. Avila has a perimeter of more than 2.5 kilometers (approx 1.6 miles) of the best preserved medieval walls in the world,. Drive to Salamanca for an orientation tour and visit to the Baroque Plaza Mayor. Overnight in Salamanca at Hotel Artheus Carmelitas. Breakfast / • Puerto del Sol / Plaza Mayor • Plaza España


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La Granja de San Ildefonso Segovia Roman Aqueduct Alcazar Avila Los Cuatro Postes

Day 14 Saturday

WHS: Old City of Salamanca Walking/ driving tour of Salamanca

08 Jan

Salamanca, Madrid

See major architectural landmarks in Salamanca, including the Plaza Mayor, Universidad, Cathedrals, Convents, and Puente Romano. Palacio Real de El Prado On the way back to Madrid, visit El Prado. The original palace on this site was built in the 15th century as a summer retreat and was a relatively unpretentious. Due to a fire in 1604, Felipe III had the palace remodeled. Much of the palace that can be seen today is the influence of Fernando VI, Carlos III and Carlos IV, although the design is predominantly that of Francisco Sabatini. Visitors may view numerous tapestries, which are housed at the palace, notably some are centered on cartoons by Goya. Probably of more note to Spaniard's than the tapestries is the fact that the palace became the official abode of General Franco for 35 years after the Civil War ended in 1939. Its modern-day use is as a residence for state visitors. Overnight at the Hotel Senator Espana Breakfast • Salamanca / Plaza Mayor • Universidad • Cathedrals • Convents • Puente Romano • Palacio Real de El Prado

Day 15 Sunday

Transfer to airport for flight back to US. Breakfast

09 Jan

Travel Day / Madrid to N.O.


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