Thursday, August 2, 2012

Villanueva del Arzobispo Is Theatrical, Evidently

A week ago I was browsing YouTube in hopes of finding an amateur, iPhone-recorded video of the Spanish town of Villanueva del Arzobispo, the place I’m going to be a language assistant in next school year. I was floored when I came across this video with professional, aerial cinematography and a Gustav Holst soundtrack:



Wow.

Here’s what the narrator is saying in Spanish…
     Villanueva del Arzobispo.
     Una de las llaves de la comarca de Las Villas.
     Un bello escenario entre las cuencas altas de los ríos Guadalquivir y Guadalimar.
     Cerca ya de las estribaciones de la Sierra de las Villas, y de Cazorla, Villanueva del Arzobispo fue fundada por Don Pedro Tenorio, Arzobispo de Toledo.
     Su primitivo casco urbano, al que parecen llegar los vecinos aires Manchegos, aparece dominado por la Iglesia de San Andrés, edificada sobre una antigua fortaleza.
     Villanueva del Arzobispo, una histórica encrucijada entre las tierras altas de Jaén y los campos de la Mancha.
…and in English:
     Villanueva del Arzobispo.
     One of the keys of the county of Las Villas.
     A beautiful setting between the upper valleys of the Guadalquivir and Guadalimar rivers.
     Close to the foothills of the Sierra de las Villas and the Sierra de Cazorla, Villanueva del Arzobispo was founded by Don Pedro Tenorio, Archbishop of Toledo.
     Its original town center, through which the neighboring breezes of La Mancha seem to blow, is dominated by the Church of San Andrés, built over an ancient fort.
     Villanueva del Arzobispo, a historic crossroads between the highlands of Jaén and the fields of La Mancha.
Y’all don’t know how excited I was when I saw this short video—it makes what I assumed to be the Middle of Nowhere into a somewhat famous location!

Hahaha.

But back in the real world, while I still don’t have high hopes this is going to be the hidden gem of southern Spain, I am feeling more optimistic about calling Villanueva home for nine months.
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