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Sun 25 Sep 2005

ahh, architecture....

plaza de cibeles wow, two posts in as many days. i hope i'm not going to set a precedent here, but i needed to verify the images on the disk before i formatted my camera card, and as luck would have it the locutorio has one computer with a program to edit images. so, here's one of my favorites from madrid because i just love the building!

this is the plaza de cibeles. the fountain in the foreground shows the goddess cibeles on a chariot pulled by lions. (the site linked is in spanish for lack of being able to find another site in the short time i have right now.) cibeles is the mother goddess of life, death, and rebirth. she is the personification of the fertile earth, a goddess of caves and mountains, nature and animals, especially bees and lions. she is shown on a chariot that represents the superiority of mother nature. she is the mother of the titan chronos and progenitor of the olympic gods.

the building behind the fountain is the palacio de comunicaciones (communications palace), and it almost looks like an antenna with all its spires and towers. down the street to the left in the photo (though you can't see it here) is the puerta de alcalá (the alcalá gate). it's hard to get a good vantage point without getting the traffic, and i would have had to stand in the middle of the street to get the gate in the picture, too.

eventually i'll post more pictures, but for now, this is all you get. i'm having too much fun to worry about editing all the pictures i have (over 400 so far) and posting them here. in the meantime, i'm going to continue taking pictures and posting here when i get the chance.

posted by: mock turtle on 25 Sep, 05 | 07:16

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