10 most famous Spaniards
Contribution of Spain in European and world history invaluable. From Cortes and Cervantes to El Salvador, from Amerigo Vespucci and Isabella I to Placido Domingo – Over the centuries, many great Spaniards enriched culture, changed the course of not only Spain’s history, but also the whole world. They committed great discoveries and brought fame to the native country.
You can create a list of the most famous Spaniards, but it is impossible to place them in "prize pools". How to compare the stunning works of Picasso with acting game Antonio Banderas? How to compare the amazing novel of Cervantes with the Opera Tenor of Domingo? No way. Therefore, in our ranking, all famous Spaniards go at number 1.
Miguel de Servantes (1547 – 1616)
In the biography of Miguel de Cervantes, many controversial moments and "white spots", even the date of his birth is established on indirect data. It is reliably known that the future great writer was born in the family of impoverished nobles and was not a timid. He spent about a year in the regiment of the Marine Certifications of Spain in Naples, then he participated in the defeat of the Turkish flotilla in the battle at Leganto, participated in a number of military expeditions, was located in Algerian captivity, served in Portugal.
But the main event in the life of an adventurist and romance was the writing of the famous novel about Don Kikhote, glorified by Cervantes in centuries. And now tourists can see another perpetuation of this novel on the most beautiful memorable Spanish coin.
Amerigo Vespucci (1454 – 1512)
The fame of Florentine Amerigo Vespucci on legal grounds exploit the two countries, Italy and Spain. And he became the only man in the world, whose name is called as many as two continents – North and South America. Let Veszpucci, did not have time to open a new light, giving way to the title of Christopher Columbus, but he fully used the fruits of the great discovery and first realized that Columbus was able to find a not bypass trading path to Asia, but huge unexplored continents. He also owns the name "New Light". Surprisingly, at the beginning of the XVI century, the name of Columbus was little familiar to Europeans, unlike Vespucci, a recently unlucky representative of the Medici trading house.
Isabella I Castilskaya (1451 – 1504)
Queen of Castile and Leon Isabella I made a decisive step towards the unification of Spain, concluding a dynastic marriage with King Aragon Ferdinand. At the same time, the levers of government management turned out to be completely in the hands of Isabella, and Aragon, although preserved the formal autonomy, fell into a subordinate position to Castile.
Along the way, the Queen dealt with the inner enemies and defeated the Portuguese monarchy, forcing the last refuse to claim the Castilian throne. Especially defined year during the reign of Isabella I became the 1492th, marked by the end of the reconquists (taking Granada and the Alhambra Palace), the opening of America Christofore Columbus and the expulsion of Mavrov and Jews from Spain.
Hernan Cortes (1485 – 1547)
Fernando (Hernan) Cortes – one of the creators of the greatness of the Colonial Empire of Spain, which won Cuba and Mexico for the Spanish Crown. The attitude to this historical person is ambiguous, since he not only expanded the boundaries of the empire and strengthened the influence of his homeland on the world stage, but also destroyed the unique Aztec civilization.
Famous conquistador, introduced the old light with chocolate and vanilla, was the generation of his time. In the pursuit of gold and power, he shed blood rivers and with a calm soul walked along the mountains of the corpses of Aboriginal. However, in those days of special guidelines in relation to the "lower races", the colonialists did not experience, and the aborigines were often repurchased by the aliens of the same coin.
Francisco Franco (1892 – 1975)
The personality of Franco in Spain is still ambiguous, because civil wars wounds are not treated completely. They finally disappear only after the death of carriers. Franco drowned the country in the blood of a fratricidal slaughter that lasted from 1936 to 1939. The impetus to the war was the fascist coup against the legal republican government. For a long three years, Spain has become not only a civil conflict arena, but also a landfill for testing the newest types of weapons: Soviet and German tanks and aircraft. The war has become one of the preludes of the world slaughter, having worn on September 1, 1939.
From the point of view of right conservatives, Franco saved Spain from the Communists. From the point of view of socialists – overthrowing the legal government, drowned the country in the blood and many decades detained its development. In Plus, the dictator can be written by the fact that he kept the state from a full drawing to the second world war, although he sent a blue division to the Eastern Front and helped American corporations to secretly supply Nestraulovskaya Germany.
Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973)
Name Pablo Picasso, Great Spanish Artist, Sculptor, Ceramist, Graphics and Designer, is known to all. Creativity founder cubism may like, may not like, but will leave completely indifferent except that blind or dead man. The survey among almost one and a half million readers The Times showed that people consider Picasso the greatest artist in the last hundred years.
Unfortunately, the famous Spaniard is popular and among the kidnappers of paintings. And it is not surprising, because Picasso is the most "dear" artist of the planet. So, his work "nude, green leaves and bust" was sold for $ 106.5 million, and "Algerian women (version o)" – almost 180 million.
Antonio Banderas (born in 1960 in Malaga)
The native of the sultry Spanish south Antonio Banderas became one of the most vivid examples of the implementation of the "American Dream". For the first time on the big screen, Banderas appeared in 1982 in a low-budget film "Labyrinth of Passion".
Subsequently, the Spanish actor, film director, singer and dancer became known to many dozens of millions of viewers on the film "Interview with Vampire", "Philadelphia", "Thirteenth Warrior", "Mask Zorro", "Once in Mexico", "Bay in Bone", " Deswords and others.
Placido Domingo (born in 1941 in Madrid)
Placido Domingo – one of the greatest tenors of modernity, conductor-director in Los Angeles opera and Washington opera. Enters the top three of the best tenors of our days along with Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti. For creative achievements received eleven grammy and many other prestigious international premiums and awards.
José Carreras (born in 1946 in Barcelona)
Not less known Spanish opera singer José Carreras, Native Barcelona. Especially he is famous for its own interpretations of the works of Giacomo Puccini and Giuseppe Verdi. In 1987, the doctors almost "buried" Carreras, putting him a terrible diagnosis – leukemia. Chances of recovery, according to doctors, were less than 10%. Nevertheless, a great tenor managed to cope with the deadly disease and fully show the best human qualities, founding the Fund to combat leukemia. Most of his income José Carreras gives it to give hopefully sick people.
Salvador Dali (1904 – 1989)
Dali – a legend man, one of the greatest representatives of surrealism, and at the same time sculptor, writer and director. Surrealism is permeated not only the work of the master, but also his whole life. To make sure enough to visit the theater-museum Dali in Figueres (Catalonia), in the House-Museum of the Master in Kadaques or in the castle Pubol, former in the 70s, the residence of Salvador Dali and his wife Galya.
Who else we did not mention
– We did not talk about the famous Toreador José Cubero, who was tragic in 1985. His statue is established near the Madrid Arena Las Ventas. Details in our article "Las Ventsas";
– Of course, worthy of attention Great Architect Antonio Gaudi. About him and his great creation details in the article "Church of the Holy Family";
– in some sense you can call the Spaniard of the Apostle of St. Jacob, the power of which is now in Spain. Details in our article "Santiago de Compostela".
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It would be cooler if it was written about modern celebrities. In Spain, a lot of interesting people about whom it is worth talking!
Alexander – Glavred site
To do this, you need to make a page "Famous Spaniards of modern times", This is a slightly different topic.