The Seven Wonders of Spain, Spanish Architecture History

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Seven Wonders of Spain, Spanish Architecture History

  • Host University

    Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Architecture, Art History, European Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    This program has been designed to teach students about the cultural diversity and richness of the Spanish Heritage. They will study the most representative buildings of each period that have been included in the Unesco?s World Heritage List for having outstanding universal value. Along the course, students will be also able to recognize the most important masterpieces of the Spanish architecture, know the reasons that account for their unanimous positive appraisal, and analyze their artistic characteristics and their social and historical implications. The methods of instruction will include
    lectures and field visits.


         - Fluent in English
         - Interest in the Humanities, and more particularly in art, architecture and history


    1. UNESCO and its Word Heritage Site list.

    2. The Sistine Chapel of the Paleolithic.
         2.1. Archaeological Site of Atapuerca
         2.2.Cave of Altamira and Paleolithic Cave Art of Northern Spain
         2.3. Rock Art of the Mediterranean Basin on the Iberian Peninsula

    3. Roman Hispania.
         3.1. Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida
         3.2. Archaeological Ensemble of Tarraco (Tarragona)
         3.3. Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct
         3.4 Roman Walls of Lugo

    4. Al-Targ-Lulà, the Iberian Peninsula under the muslim.
         4.1. Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín of Granada
         4.2. Historic centre of Cordoba

    5. Christianity in the borders.
         5.1. Catalan Romanesque Churches of the Vall de Boí
         5.2. Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of Asturias
         5.3. Santiago de Compostela
         5.3. Route of Santiago de Compostela
         5.4. Mudéjar Architecture of Aragon
         5.6. San Millán Yuso and Suso Monasteries

    6. God is light. The stained glass windows of Gothic Cathedrals. The power of the sea, commerce in the Mediterranean
         6.1. Burgos Cathedral
         6.2. Poblet Monastery
         6.3. La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia

    7. Is there Renaissance in Spain?
         7.1. Monastery and Site of the Escurial, Madrid.
         7.2. Historic City of Toledo.
         7.3. Old town of Cáceres
         7.4. University of Alcalá de Henares
         7.5. Renaissance Monumental Ensamble of Úbeda and Baeza

    8. The imperial Spain. Lights and Shadows of the golden century
          8.1. Cathedral, Alcázar and Archivo de Indias in Seville
          8.2. Old city of Salamanca
          8.3. Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe

    9. A new image for a new city. Modern architecture and the Modernisme
          9.1. Vizcaya Bridge
          9.2. Work of Antoni Gaudí
          9.3. Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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