A Stunning Spanish Sight

Apologies for the lack of posting recently; after my mad month in June I was lucky enough to go on holiday to Spain with my mother, for some well-earned R&R.

The street in Novelda  that houses the Casa-Museo Modernista

The street in Novelda that houses the Casa-Museo Modernista

The one active day of our holiday we went to visit a beautiful house in the town of Novelda, called Casa-Museo Modernistsica. Mum had visited before but I had never been and had heard how beautiful it was.

Casa-Museo Modernista

Casa-Museo Modernista

The house was built by Antonia Navarro Mira after she inherited a significant sum of money from her father when she was 40. She bought up six houses next to one another, knocked them down to build her mansion.

The central staircase

The Central Staircase

A close up of the Stair Case

A close up of the Stair Case

She employed the architect Pedro Cerdan Martinez Murcia to design her dream home in a modern style, with a stylish exterior and interior that had all the mod’ cons!

The Internal Balconies

The Internal Balconies

The house was finished in 1903 and held the wedding of Antonia’s youngest daughter Louise for its first big event.

The Outside Courtyard

The Outside Courtyard

The house was occupied up until the Spanish Civil War in 1936 when the family left for Madrid, taking with them their furniture which was of significant value.

The Beautiful Interior Decor

The Beautiful Interior Decor

After the war the house was used as a school for girls run by nuns, who painted the walls white. In doing this, they preserved the original decoration of the house. The house was opened as a museum in 1980.

The Ceiling in the Center of the House

The Ceiling above the Staircase

Whilst we were visiting the house and admiring its beauty a group of children came into the house and started singing in the Entrance Hall, which filled the central foyer with wonderful sounds. I think it was to do with a festival taking place and everyone stood round in a circle joining in by clapping along to the rhythm of the song.

One of the Bed Rooms

One of the Bed Rooms

This little impromptu act really brought the house to life, and it made me really want to bring more music to Hardwick. When we had a flash-mob singing the Eglantine Lamentation in the High Great Chamber it was beautiful and i would love to do some more similar thing, especially when we have our Living the History group in the Hall!

The Glass in the Center of the Ceiling

The Glass in the Center of the Ceiling

The Casa-Museo Modernista is such a stunning building, amazing interior decoration, and beautifully maintained still. Antonia’s story reminds me so much of Bess and Hardwick’s story too, I love imagining these visionary women taking their passion, going out into the world and leaving their mark on it! I would recommend it to anyone in the area! I hope I can visit it again, and that the atmosphere is just as alive the next time I go.

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One thought on “A Stunning Spanish Sight

  1. What an interesting place. Funnily enough, when we went to Harvington Hall last week, there were people in Elizabethan costume sitting outside in garden, singing and playing instruments, and although I normally don’t like that sort of thing, it seemed idyllic on a hot sunny afternoon. Maybe something delicious as a treat but not for everyday?

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