History of the Pyrenees with Alex Mostaslavski

History of Spain: Cardona – one of the main strongholds of independence of Catalonia

History of Spain: Cardona – one of the main strongholds of independence of Catalonia

For centuries, Cardona played a leading social and political role that left a legacy of monumentality and grandeur in general, which is especially valuable and attractive to current residents of the city and its tourists.

The first documented mention of Cardona …

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History of Spain: during the Catalan wars, Solsona never took the side of the Spanish crown but always lost

Solsona (cat. Solsona): in the times of the ancient Romans, this settlement was called Setelisis, then the Visigoths, like many other place names, added the suffix “- one” to it: this is how Celson appeared. The period of Saracens’ dominion, judging by the lack of historical evidence, passed unnoticed and lasted for a couple of …

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The history of Catalonia: the city of Ripoll and the Romanesque monastery of Santa Maria

The history of Catalonia: the city of Ripoll and the Romanesque monastery of Santa Maria

The first mentions of the presence of people in Ripoll belong to the Bronze Age (1500-600 BC). This information refers to small, disparate settlements near the Ter and Freser rivers, surrounded by mountains. The findings of bronze objects and tools confirm …

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History of the Pyrenees with Alex Mostaslavski

History of France: the city of Foix and Henry IV (Navarre) – the future king of France and the founder of the Bourbon dynasty

History of France: the city of Foix and Henry IV (Navarre) – the future king of France and the founder of the Bourbon dynasty

849: Submission of the Abbey of Foix by Charles “Bald” (Charles le Chauve) to Abbey of Saint-Tiberius

Around 1002: the first mention of the Chateau de Foix

1167: All new inhabitants of …

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