Spain By : maggie churchill

The palace of Madrid is the most famous tourist attraction in Spain. The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the reigning Royal Family, even though they don’t actually live in it. Also the palace was built on a 9th century fortress.
The surrounding countries of Spain are Portugal, Andorra, and France.
Spanish is part of the Indo-European family. some of the languages in the Indo- European family are French, Portuguese, Italian, Catalan and Romanian. King Alfonso standardized the language in the 13th century.
the Constitution of Spain says freedom of religion but most of the population is catholic. some other religions practiced are Islam, Judaism, Protestantism, and Hinduism
some traditional Spanish foods are Murcia salad (that consists of several types of grilled vegetables, such as eggplants, spicy red peppers, red tomato and sweet onions.) and Canary Islands (a dish consisting of rice, a fried egg, a fried banana and tomato sauce.).
Spain's most popular sport is futbol better known as soccer. La Liga or Primera División (The Spanish League) is considered to be one of the world's best divisions . Successful teams in recent European competitions are Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Sevilla, Athletic Bilbao, Valencia and Atlético Madrid.
some types of Spanish music are bomba, plena, reggaetón.
many items of Spanish clothes are colorful. other than dresses there are the mantilla, peineta and gilet.
Mariano Rajoy Brey born March 27, 1955, Santiago de Compostela, Spain is the prime minister of Spain. in Spain the prime minister is the head of the government.
In 1811-1898 Venezuela declares its independence from Spain. Soon, other colonies claim their independence. After losing the Spanish American War to the U.S. in 1898, Spain gives up control of Cuba, the Philippines and other possessions.
The death of King Joao the 6th in 1826 created a fight over royal succession. While Dom Pedro, the Emperor of Brazil, was the king's oldest son, his younger brother Miguel delt with the fact that Pedro had reinforced his claim to the throne by declaring Brazilian independence. Pedro briefly entitled himself Dom Pedro the 5th of Portugal. Neither the Portuguese or the Brazilians wanted a unified monarchy; consequently, Pedro reclaimed the throne in favor of his daughter, Maria, a child of 7. In April 1826, to settle the dispute, Pedro revised the 1st constitution of Portugal granted in 1822 and left the throne to Maria, with his sister Isabel Maria as regent.
Despite such a bad start to his reign, Hadrian quickly proved to be a highly capable ruler. Army discipline was tightened and the border defences were strengthened. Trajan's wellfare programme for the poor, the alimenta, was further expanded. most of all though, Hadrian should beome known for his efforts to visit the imperial territories personally, where he could inspect provincial government himself. These far-ranging journeys would begin with a visit to Gaul in AD 121 and would end ten years later on his return to Rome in AD 133-134. No other emperor would ever see this much of his empire.
Pilar Bardem (born 14 March 1939) is a Spanish film and television actress. She is the mother of Academy Award-winner Javier Bardem. Born Maria del Pilar Bardem Munoz to performers Rafael Bardem and Matilde Munoz Sampedro in Seville, Bardem began her screen career in 1965.
Miguel de Cervantes was born near Madrid in 1547. He became a soldier in 1570 and was badly wounded in the Battle of Lepanto. Captured by the Turks in 1575, Cervantes spent five years in prison. before he was ransomed and returned home. After less successful earlier efforts, Cervantes finally achieved literary success in his later years, publishing the first part of Don Quixote in 1605. He died in 1616.
Albéniz has come to be considered one of the most important and influential figures in the history of Spanish music. He was a child prodigy, performing his first concert at the age of four, and publishing his first composition at eight. He travelled around the world performing concerts, visiting South America, the US and Europe. In 1880 Albéniz travelled to Prague, Vienna and Budapest, where he met Liszt. This new contact was a crucial point which consolidated his vocation. After a lengthy stay in Granada his music had become infused with new character, an oriental flavour and Andalusian colour and rhythm which would influence not only other Spanish composers but also French musicians such as Debussy and Ravel.
Madrid, Spain's central capital, is a city of elegant boulevards and expansive, manicured parks such as the Buen Retiro. It’s renowned for its rich repositories of European art, including the Prado Museum’s works by Goya, Velázquez and other Spanish masters. The heart of old Hapsburg Madrid is the portico-lined Plaza Mayor, and nearby is the baroque Royal Palace and Armory, displaying historic weaponry.

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