Cádiz, “the Ancient” in the West. (Spain)


Cádiz is known to be one of the most ancient inhabited cities from Western Europe, it was for several centuries an important port for trade and military affairs. Established near the southern edge of the Iberia Peninsula by the shores of the Atlantic Ocean it is located in the strategic proximity of North Africa and the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea. Founded by the Phoenicians around 1100 BC from where they planned and launch expansion campaigns to the nearest continent; it was first given the name of “Gadir”, meaning Walled City, which tuner “Agadir” during the followed Berbers conquer. In Greek was called was “Gadeira” – according to Greek legend, Hercules founded the city after his tenth labor. In Roman times, “Gades” was an important upper-class Augustine city and the Moors ruled for 500 years under the name “Qadis”. The inhabitants of Cádiz are today called of “Gaditano” tracing the importance of the Roman influence in the past.

Cádiz is nowadays known by its charm and also fascinating history which is an impossible task to summarize in a short manner. Its beauty, well preserved monuments and the legendary Carnival are the major attractions to those heading to this traditional Andalusian town. The city is today divided in two parts by the main entrance Puertas de Tierra: first in what was a former island and inside the city walls is “el Casco Antiguo” almost completely surrounded by sea, where the most traditional neighborhoods are found, such as La Viña, el Pópulo and Santa Maria; characterized by complex organization of narrow winding streets and alleys connecting the main squares and important spots. Secondly them most modern part of the city is built upon a narrow sand isthmus that connects the island to mainland, where modern architecture and wider streets dominate completely the available space.

To try illustrating in my humble approach some of the most noticeable areas of the city, I hereby present and republish a short set of HDRI images and long-exposure photography’s which I had the chance to produce from September 2011 to August 2012, while I enjoyed the living of the warm weather and people Cádiz have to offer.

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