Tuesday, June 04, 2013

More Archaeological Turducky

In Bohumil Hrabal's novel I Served the King of England, there's the story (I'm working from memory here) of how the Emperor of Ethiopia shows up at the Prague Palace. He brings his retainers who occupy the courtyard where they butcher a camel and stuff it with a goat, and a turkey, and a duck, yada yada.

I'm realizing that is what I am seeing in Spain: architectural Turducky.  Here (from) is the latest, this from Mérida: a Graeco-Roman temple repurposed as a Renaissance palace, lately reborn as a tourist shrine.

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