Introduction to Madrid with Clara Nchama - Context Travel

Introduction to Madrid with Clara Nchama


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Madrid, capital of Spain, is one of the most vibrant cities in Europe. Curiously, it is also one of the “youngest” capital cities on the continent. This conversation serves as a well-rounded introduction to the Spanish capital to understand its origins, its development, and its standing in modern Europe today.

We will begin by studying the origins of the Muslim town, founded in the ninth century, long after other European capitals such as Lisbon, Paris, or London. We’ll discuss the city’s original hilltop fortress, chosen by Moorish troops to protect cities as important as Toledo. We’ll learn about the Medina Mayrit and its essential role in the development of the city as we discuss the walls, defensive towers, and the remains of a possible mosque.

We’ll explore life in the city after the Christian Reconquest when the city underwent its first transformation as we learn about the construction of Alcazar de los Castilian Kings, and the first urbanizations of the medieval town. We’ll learn about the reconfiguration after Madrid achieved capital status in the sixteenth century, the Hapsburg dynasty, as well as some major monuments still visible today, such as Plaza Mayor. We’ll finish with a discussion of the Bourbon dynasty, highlighting the Royal Palace, and the first urban project of the city, the Paseo del Prado. We’ll explore its symbolism as the start of modernity in the country, and influencing other aspects of Madrid, such as the opening of street ‘Gran Via’.

Led by an expert in Spanish history, Clara Nchama, this interactive seminar will explore Madrid’s colorful past from its Moorish roots, through the Middle Ages, famous dynasties (Hapsburg and Bourbon), up until the present day. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the city’s culture, traditions, and history.

Originally from Equatorial Guinea, Clara moved to Spain when she was 2 years old. She holds degrees in geography and history and a Master’s in art history from Sorbonne University in Paris. With more than fifteen years experience in museum education and and management of cultural projects and as a history and art history teacher. Clara has worked at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice (Italy), the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C, and a number of institutions within the cultural department of the Ministry of Culture in Spain. She also has designed art and cultural tours for groups for more than 10 years. Since 2006, Clara is Assistant Curator of the Museums of the Ministry of Culture of Spain. And at the present, Works on her PHD on the culture of Spain after the Franquism, while working as Public Programmes and Communication Coordinator at the Museo del Traje (Costume Museum) of Madrid, organising events, lectures, group visits and educational programmes. Clara has been leading Context tours since 2012.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Not very helpful to me

I had difficulty understanding much of the time. The names of people/places were spoken so quickly that it was difficult to grasp them. Hard to follow.

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S.J.
Learned a lot!

The content of this presentation was excellent although we had difficulty with the sound and the speed of the presenter's speech

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A.M.
Interesting, but tepid

While the topic was interesting, the presentation was somewhat tepid. The audio was wobbly at times, leading to some frustation. I would have appreciated some text to go along with the visuals so as to better understand what Clara was teaching.

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Customer Reviews

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T.
Not very helpful to me

I had difficulty understanding much of the time. The names of people/places were spoken so quickly that it was difficult to grasp them. Hard to follow.

J
J.N.
Excellent

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S.J.
Learned a lot!

The content of this presentation was excellent although we had difficulty with the sound and the speed of the presenter's speech

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A.M.
Interesting, but tepid

While the topic was interesting, the presentation was somewhat tepid. The audio was wobbly at times, leading to some frustation. I would have appreciated some text to go along with the visuals so as to better understand what Clara was teaching.

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