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Monte Urgull

Monte Urgull

Enjoying the view
Urgull is a hill by the ocean sitting at the heart of the Basque city of San Sebastián. The hill (123 m at its highest point) shapes along with Mount Ulia and Igeldo the city's coastline relief, standing at the northern end of a peninsula formerly linked to mainland by a spit of sand between the river Urumea and the Bay of La Concha (nowadays a built-up area making up the city centre).
The hill became a defence point since the early ages of the city foundation in the 12th century, but the walls and the military structure were reinforced especially after the modern state boundaries took shape in the 16th century. The hill is topped by a stronghold (headquarters, barracks and warehouses), the Mota Castle, but it had a chapel and a conspicuous 12 metre-long sculpture of Jesus Christ added in 1950, now towering over the bay

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Greeney25-Feb-2013 18:26
The gull@urgull has a splendid view, V!
John G Reed25-Feb-2013 13:57
Nicely done. Best J
Tom LeRoy25-Feb-2013 10:21
An excellent presentation with the gull in the foreground of a wonderful scenery!V!
Frank Tran25-Feb-2013 05:18
Superb! V+
beingme25-Feb-2013 04:04
Lovely view. I love that you include the history. Thank you. V
Dennis Hoyne25-Feb-2013 04:01
This is so neat! Great shot.
Mike H.25-Feb-2013 02:00
What an opportune shot; love the depth -- great view, José!
Carol Rollins25-Feb-2013 00:18
This is a great shot! Love the subject up front and the depth of the photo beyond.
woody3424-Feb-2013 23:36
A great find with the gull focusing in the foreground...even though it looks close to the "island rock",looking at the size of the buildings ,I guess that is an illusion and they are quite some distance away....fantastic view and composition...V
Mildred Alpern24-Feb-2013 23:07
Lovely with the gull inviting us into this beautiful scene.
Walter O. Koenig24-Feb-2013 21:55
The gull is perched perfectly. What a great background. "V"
Ceya24-Feb-2013 21:14
Great shot of this fantastic view! The bird is a bonus. V
Linda Johansson24-Feb-2013 21:09
Fantastic view! V
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