The capital of the province is located in the triangle of sand formed by the confluence of the rivers Tinto and Odiel , on the banks of the river of its name , in an area of great natural interest, as in the surrounding area are The Natural Place Odiel Marshes , the Natural Park of Punta Umbria and Enebrales the Natural Park of the Lagunas de Palos and Las Madres , the Natural Reserve Lagoon Islantilla and the Natural Park of Estero de Domingo Rubio , all spaces great ecological interest, its faunal and botanical diversity .
The city has always been linked to the events related to the discovery and conquest of America , and still remains the largest Hispanic Andalusian city of vocation , as evidenced by the annual celebration of Latin American Film Festival and all kinds of related events that continent , not in vain in the vicinity is the Monastery of La Rabida and the Port of Palos , where Columbus departed .
The interior houses a multitude of architectural and urban samples that bear witness to its history and evolution, according to some studies , it was the birthplace of the legendary Tartessos : the Cathedral, the Church of the Conception , the Church of San Pedro the Convent of Sorrows , Shrine of Our Lady of the Ribbon, the Columbus Monument, the Grand Theatre and the Victoria Quarter , example of English architecture implemented as a result of the exploitation of the mines in the province by companies nationality. This activity is also mineral pier , interesting piece of engineering .
The history of this province , unequivocally seafaring tradition , dating back to the first millennium AD. Tartessos and Phoenicians exploit the mines of the interior, the people become prosperous mercantile coastal enclaves and create a sea route to transport minerals from Tharsis and Rio Tinto to the cities of the eastern Mediterranean .
At the end of the Middle Ages, Huelva Atlantic ports are experiencing a period of great splendor. Dock Palos de la Frontera , in 1492 , part the first voyage of Columbus to the New World . The Columbian feat marks a before and after in the history of Huelva.
Province rich in tradition and possessing a landscape and cultural heritage dating back to the Tartessian civilization. Its footprint is traceable by Andévalo and the mining . The shady forest of the mountain , the meadows of the ancient oaks and mining permit dilated and enjoy peaceful landscapes .
The County countryside large agricultural towns and peculiar architecture extends to the coast , with a mild climate and vast beaches covered with a vegetable mantle of pine and juniper . The coastline reaches the limits of the Doñana National Park , where the Guadalquivir flows into the sea.
Cuisines of the sea and mountain cuisine , two peculiarities of the Huelva cuisine.
Seafood products such as mackerel , sea bass , turbot , tuna, white prawn , shrimp and clams, allow travelers to savor exquisite dishes such as cuttlefish in all its culinary varieties stripe with paprika, swordfish vinagrillo or tuna belly and a wide assortment of preserves.
Inside, the pork products and exquisite mushrooms give fair fame saw this wonderful cuisine .
The Odiel Marshes Natural Park , which is located southwest of Andalusia , was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO and is a Special Protection Area for Birds. At the mouth of the Odiel river, is integrated into the estuary complex that form it and the Tinto, leading to a wide variety of landscapes, twisted arms , lagoons and salt marshes ( Bacuta , Aragonese , Batan ) , islands (Enmedio , Saltes , Bacuta ) , beaches ( Breakwater ) , forests (El Almendral , Acebuchal o Cascajera ) .
They are considered the most important tidal marshes of the Iberian Peninsula and high on the flyways of waders some interest . Inside the Nature Reserves are Wadden El Burro , with 597 hectares, and the Isle of Enmedio , with 480 acres , noted for the excellent state of preservation of its ecosystems .
The mild climate and salinity of the medium give rise to an abundant , continuous and specialist plant presence , which include plants such as cordgrass and saltwort plant , the latter species characteristic scenery of the natural landscape which at the time referred to as " sea espartinas . " In sandy wetland ecosystems grow tamarisk , juniper negral , Kermes oak , mastic, cistus , jara and rosemary , while in the headwaters of streams and estuaries one peripheral marsh vegetation consists of reeds, cattails and tamarisk develops.
The botanical richness , the fluctuating nature of these marshes and geographical location , give rise to space is a must step for thousands of birds from all over Europe migrate to Africa , mainly waterfowl : spatula, the most important in these marshes , which form colonies on the Isle of Enmedio , heron that nests directly on the ground vegetation , heron , egret , mallard, marsh harrier and Sardinian Warbler . Also particularly important populations of flamingos and osprey wintering population . Occasionally black stork , glossy ibis and cranes are observed. It is also common chameleon ( on sandy islands Saltes hooks ) and Lynx ( Common in the forest area field) .
A nice way to meet the Odiel Marshes is to make a nice boat ride . During the tour you can enjoy the horizontality of the landscape and the spectacle of sound and color that gives the presence of a multitude of birds that live and feed in these shallow waters.
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Huelva Cathedral is a parish church of La Merced was chosen as the site of the diocesan cathedral chapter and when the diocese was created in 1953.
It was built as part of the Convent of Mercy , founded in 1605 by D. Alonso Perez de Guzman , lord of the Huelva village for years. Begun in 1606 , the major work was completed in 1615.
In 1969 , Huelva Cathedral was severely damaged by the earthquake of February 28 , so again it was closed for restoration under the direction of architect D. Rafael Manzano , to be completed in 1977. By then it had been declared a National Monument in 1970 by decree of 12 March .
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Source : Andalucia.ong