Rumbo al Norte – Day 7: Universitad Laboral

The biggest building in Spain, after Gijon we visited just a small part of the 270,000 m2 Universitad Laboral, built between 1946 and 1956.

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Is there another word for magnificent? Because this was it. Grand. Awesome (in the real sense of the word)!

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The Asturian coat of arms

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The tower is somewhere between 177m (English and Italian wikipedia), 130m (Spanish wikipedia) and 137m high (Asturian wikipedia). It was inspired by the bell tower in the Cathedral of Seville (la Giralda).

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Hand prints take you to the little red fountain in which you can wash your hands or drink.

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Each half circle around the large, elliptical church under the tower has a mosaic and, in the dome part, the constellations.

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It’s the largest elliptical church in the world (807m2!) but there’s a hitch: it’s never been blessed and so doesn’t really count as a church.

This, also, is not on any guide that we read. Boyfriend found it on the 50 things to do in Gijon which we found to be very useful! We didn’t go up the tower though, because in winter it’s only open at specific times and….the time we were there was not the time it was open.

It was really great though, and highly recommended!

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I am permanently in love. Things I like: purple, pasta, silk, autumn, the smell of mould, candles, cachi, having friends, water, new things, rice, eggs (all eggs!), fresh grass, olive trees, shiny things, glitter, hanging objects, windcatchers, wind, couscous, wasabi, carnivores, presents, snow, leaves, orchids, feathers, cappelletti, meat, fruit (all fruit), more del gelso (Morus alba L.), pigs, candles, christmas, polenta fritta!, separating egg whites from yokes in my hands, cartoons, dragons, the ocean, nudibranchi, cows, mercury (the metal), cosmos (the flowers), thunderstorms, Mika, turtles, acquariums, green and blue (mixed), siccamores, spring, snails, 24, porc with a sweet sauce (apple, cranberry, tomatoes jam), looking at a swimming pool upsidedown and underwater, english accent, open-minded people, driving, blue skies, checkered tablecloths, butterflies, books and cartoons in rhyme, painting eggs, the star-shadows that football players have, silver, laughing, Vivaldi, bells and chimes, white and purple, creating. Complete Happiness: Early morning. Sun, with a breeze; a pond with water lilies. A house, with a garden, full of plants. A vegetable patch, lemon, orange and mandarin trees. Cosmos everywhere. Birds in the trees; a tortoise eating the salad from the vegetable patch; a mammal (I couldn’t decide which one would make me happier) close by. No houses for as far as the eye can see. Me, a man that loves me and that I love. Friends coming over for a lunch that I have to prepare, and have all the ingredients for all ready in the kitchen.

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