Spain

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Culture

Culture

  • The culture of Spain is based on a variety of influences like Jewish, Muslim and others.
  • Spanish literature has known a great number of influences and is very diverse. Some of the most popular spanish authors are Miguel de Servantes, Gabriel García Márquez, Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer and others.
  • Some popular and well known artists have come from Spain like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, Francisco de Goya. Also one of the greatest architects of the 20th century Antonio Gaudi comes from Spain.
  • Flamenco is not just a dance, but an art form that includes guitar, singing, dancing and 'palmas' (handclaps).
  • Bullfighting is also considered an art in Spain. It is one of the popular attractions and the biggest and most controversial sports in Spain. It is actually a part of the Spain’s history, art and culture. There are bull rings in all major cities and outlying areas.
  • Sport in Spain in the second half of 20th century has always dominated by football. Other popular sport activities include basketball, tennis, cycling, motorcycling, Formula One, water sports, golf, and skiing. Spain has also hosted a number of international events such as the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and the 1982 FIFA World Cup.
  • A significant portion of Spanish cuisine derives from the Roman, Jewish, and Arab traditions (however, pork is popular). It is heavily influenced by seafood available from the waters that surround the country, and reflects the country's deep maritime roots. A modern Spanish cook could not do without potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, and beans.
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    Source: www.wikipedia.org