Photographer's Note

The city of Lleida (Lérida in Spanish) is the second largest city of Catalonia population wise, but it doesn't attract many visitors, at least compared with the rest of Catalonia, however I am surprised that it is so poorly represented in TE.

La Seu Vella means "The Old Cathedral". Its construction began in 1203, on the place where there stood the main mosque of the city, which had been built in 832 on the place of an older Visigoth church. It is a mix of Romanesque and Gothic in style and its construction only finished in the 15th century. It stop being used as a cathedral in the early 18th century, when it began being used as a military fortress (see below), something that only ended in 1948. A new cathedral was built in the down town between 1761 and 1781.

The town had some importance in the past, having been the capital of an Iberian kingdom, the Ilergetes, who were allies of the Carthaginians during the Punic Wars that opposed the latter to the Romans in the 3rd and 2nd century BC. In 49 BC Julius Caesar fought a battle outside its city walls during the second Roman civil war. The city had some importance during the Roman period. The Visigoths ruled there from the late 4th century until the arrival of the Muslim forces in the early 8th century. Throughout the 9th to early 12th centuries, it was the capital of a Muslim kingdom that ended when the Almoravids conquered the Al-Andalus (the Muslim possessions in Iberia) in the first years of the 12th century. In 1149 it was conquered by Ramon Berenguer IV, a Christian prince who ruled much of what is now Catalonia.

The town was in great decline in the early years of the 18th century, when during the War of the Spanish Succession it aligned with the coalition that was formed against the claims of Philip V, a grandson of Louis XIV, to the Spanish throne. Following the victory of Philip in 1707, he ordered that the cathedral was completely destroyed as a punishment to the city and because it had been a key defence stronghold because of its strategic location on a hill overlooking the whole region. The order was never followed through, maybe because the whole area of the cathedral kept being used by the military until 1948. Another punitive action taken by Philip V was the shutdown and demolition of the university that had been established in 1297.

Question: Do you notice any magenta or red cast on the sky? When I use the supposedly correct colour profile of my monitor in Gimp, I notice it, but it doesn't show in other programs.

WS: a view of the door that stands near the lower right corner.

Location (latitude, longitude): 41.6179,0.62765

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