Dramatic coastlines, rolling hills, and verdant olive groves: Spain is a land of contrasts, its varied architecture and gardens a result of many influences through the centuries. Over 400 color photographs reveal the diversity and magnificence of Spain's heritage.
A patio garden with trickling fountains combines Islamic traditions and Roman design. Monumental city walls date back as far as the eleventh century, and whitewashed buildings dot the remote countryside of the central tablelands. Everywhere, the image of the bull--a national symbol--appears, in exquisitely crafted bronze fountainheads and fine iron rings decorating doors.
In Catalonia, houses with colorful facades line the waterfront, home to one of the most perfectly restored Jewish quarters in Europe; while lofty arcades rise in Gothic churches. Here, Islamic minarets adorn Christian cathedrals, and Moorish fortresses loom. From silverwork and ornate interiors to large, lush gardens: it's an unforgettable tour through a unique country. 256 pages, 400 color illus., 10 1/8 x 10.