Monday, March 25, 2013

This is a castle in Sucre of an old, wealthy, mining family.  Both families were very well to do.  The grounds were in disrepair, but would have been beautiful in the days that they were taken care of.  The family didn't have any children and used a lot of their money to sponsor orphanages and a home for old people in the area.  The rooms were all very different.  The floors were parque and the ceilings were all inlaid wood with lots of carvings.
The right side of the home was a stable for horses and carriages.  The tall tower in the middle is where we climbed to view the valley.  We were amazed at all the doors in each room.  Many had at least 4 or 5 and some had more.  The doors opened to the outside as well as to the next room and the hallway.

The house included a chapel on the one side of the structure.  That side of the house represented the heavens and the religious part and the other side of the house represented the underworld or of Satan.  This division of the mansions was not uncommon in the 1800's and early 1900's.

This is from that tall tower in the middle of the castle.  There is a military base on the other side of the river.

Looking down from the tower to "Big Ben" in front of the chapel.

These are the stairs going down from the tower.  They were really steep and "skinny".

Because the wife didn't have any children, she collected dolls.  This is the house on the grounds where she would keep her dolls and play house. 

This is how you buy cakes at the market.  There were lots of flies, but the cakes looked pretty good.

In the park. We decided to each take a picture on the lion. 

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Love all your wonderful experiences!