Migrants, Multiculture

A journey to the heart of Spain


Journalist Christopher Howse delves into Catholic Spain and the country’s most sacred of sites.  He discusses his experiences at the Spanish Embassy in London, on Thursday 27th October 2011.


Ramón Lafée

Spain has long since been renowned for its unwavering devotion to the Catholic faith.

The country’s ardent religiosity has been reflected throughout history in its striking cathedrals, convents and places of worship alike, which draw admiring glances not only from worshippers, but from thousands of tourists from all over the world – and of course, the odd journalist.

One such journalist is the Daily Telegraph’s Christopher Howse; captivated by these buildings, his interest in them goes far beyond that of a mere sightseer.

For over twenty years he has travelled throughout the Iberian Peninsula exploring the country’s religious architectural offerings, from the humblest of chapels, to the largest of cathedrals.

His travels have seen him flit from Soria to Silos; through Yuste and Segovia, before reaching Santiago de Compostela, one of the largest pilgrimage destinations in the world, and the valleys of the Extremadura.

In an open discussion with fellow journalist and author Jimmy Burns, Howse will discuss the experience of his journalistic pilgrimage; from the humorous to the downright bizarre.

Date: 27th October 2011, 6:30pm

Venue: Luis Vives Room, Spanish Embassy in the United Kingdom, 39 Chesham Place, London, SW1X 8SB

Further Information: The Cervantes Institute.  Telephone: 07868 715 249.

(Translated by Emma Hartgen – Email: Emma.hartgen@googlemail.com)

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