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Sites Of The World's Cultures - The Escorial: The Dream Of A Devout Monarch

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Release Date: 10/30/2012 
Label:  Kultur Video   Catalog #: 4843  
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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It was to be a bulwark of the faith, a symbol of the greatness and power of the Spanish world empire.

In a manner virtually unparalleled by any other building, the Escorial reflects the spirit of its age, the 16th century, and of its patron, Philipp II. Philipp II, driven by a blind faith in the Catholic Church and the burning desire to emulate his father, Charles V, had the Escorial built in a bleak, deserted landscape. From this remote vantage point he wanted to rule the world.

The architecture is a perfect reflection of this spirit, externally an austere building almost entirely without ornamentation.

It is, moreover, no coincidence that the building is reminiscent of a cloister; part of which
Read more is still used today as a monastry.

And it was from this fortified cloister that Philipp sought the solution to one of the most intractable problems of his time - the schism in the church. He resorted to the means of the Inquisition.

The building, and its whole style, exudes the relentlessness with which Philipp exerted his power.

Region: 1 (US and Canada)
Running Time: 55 minutes
Color: Color
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