Spain is a country in the southwest of Europe, situated on the Iberian Peninsula. The country has more than 47 million inhabitants. The capital of Spain is Madrid, which is also the largest city in the country. The culture of Spain is influenced by many different peoples who have passed the country through the centuries. As a result, every region has its own culture.
Spain has a total of 45 places on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Well-known attractions include: the Alhambra in Granada, the historic center and the cathedral of Córdoba, the palm garden of Elx near Alicante, the works of Antoni Gaudí, including the Sagrada Família in Barcelona, some museums and architecture of Madrid, the historical center of Toledo, the Cathedral and the Alcázar of Seville, the historic center and the pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostela, the Cathedral of Burgos, the historic center of Salamanca, the white villages near Málaga, the historic center of Alcalá de Henares, La Lonja de la Seda in Valencia and the El Teide National Park in Tenerife.
The Spanish School is considered one of the most important in Europe. Among the most famous Spanish masters are El Greco, Juan Gris, Joan Miró, Murillo, Goya, Salvador Dalí, Juan Carreño de Miranda, Alonso Cano, Picasso, José de Ribera, Velazquez and Zurbarán. The most important art collections of the Spanish masters are located in the capital Madrid. In Barcelona, modernism flourished in the 19th century. Architect Antoni Gaudí is the most famous figure from this period.
There are 331 museums in Spain.
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