Friday, August 22, 2014


 In April 1937, at the behest of General Francisco Franco, the German Luftwaffe bombed the Basque city of Guernica with great devastation and loss of life.

So incensed was the artist Pablo Picasso at this episode in the Spanish Civil War, that he painted his famous mural 'Guernica' in protest. The picture hangs in the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid.

Guernica is a city in the province of Biscay. It is regarded as the spiritual centre of the traditional Basque Country, which is probably the reason for its 'not-so-special' treatment during the Civil War - Biscay had supported the Republican side against the army of Francisco Franco. The actual capital of the province is Bilbao.

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