In this class, students will learn how Spain in the late 1400'a and all of the 1500's century grew both politically and economically making it viable to construct remarkable buildings. Explored will be the details of the different styles that evolved as well as the motivations and philosophies, even secrets and scandals, behind their developments.

MEET THE ARTIST EVENT * Robert E Sapsford *

THANK YOU TO ALL who came along to the MEET THE ARTIST EVENT * with guest artist ROBERT E SAPSFORD on Friday 10TH at Darocas Studio.

Robert shared his humble journey as a youth with desires to be an artist but he faced many challenges. His presentation slideshow was very impressive with a vast array of complex paintings in oils and acrylics.
We all mingled, drank coffee and ate sponge cake too.

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Report About Robert E Sapsford by Karla Darocas for SpainLifestyle.com

The Medieval Gothic Glory Of Xàbia / Jávea - About Book



Xàbia (Valencian language) or Jávea (Castilian language) is a Valencian coastal town in the Marina Alta region (Alicante). 

Historically, it is a town that has always been in a privileged and strategic eastern Mediterranean location. 

Many diverse cultures have populated and enjoyed this exclusive spot including the Stone and Bronze-age peoples, Romans, Greeks, Phoenicians, Visigoths, Germanic, Carthaginians, North African Muslims, and of course Roman Catholics. 

This book shares the growth of Jávea from the early Muslim settlers, who brought their farming and building techniques, through to the Medieval Catholic era with the major emphasis on the importance of its Gothic architecture. 


Karla Ingleton Darocas is Canadian married to a Spaniard and based in Benitachell on Spain's Costa Blanca. She is an educator with a passion to inspire and facilitate a lust to learn. Her love of Spanish art, architecture, and history is infectious, and she attracts art lovers to her lectures. 

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Muslim Era 4
The Muslim Model 5
Garden Of Plenty 6
Jaime I - The Conquistador 9
Conquest Of Denia 11
Alfonso I 13
Alfonso Ii 14
Juan Ii 15
Diego Gómez De Sandoval Y Rojas 16
Fernando De Sandoval Y Rojas 16
Diego Gómez De Sandoval Y Rojas 17
Bernardo De Sandoval 17
Fortified Parish Church Of San Bartolomé 19
Enlarging And Designing 20
Architectural Features 22
Fortifications 22
Tower 23
The Portals 24
The Portal Of San Bartolomé 25
Patron Shields 27
Gargoyles 28
Portal Of San Gill 29
Church Interior 30
Star Vaults / Pillars / Keystones 31
Complex Star Vaults 32
Windows 32
Hospital Chapel Of Santa Anna 34
Palau De La Sapena (Sapena Palace) 36
Architectural Details 37
Carpanel Loggia Arches 39
Window * Ajimez (Arabic) Or Biforada (Catalan) 40
Window * Ogee Or Conopial (Catalan) 41
Interior Window & Entrance 42
A Touch Of Italy 43
Mercado Municipal De Abastos  
(Municipal Supplies Market) 45
Overall Plan 46
Interior 47
Exterior 48
Conclusion 50


“I have been here almost 30 years and was absolutely delighted to have more in-depth information on the history of Javea. A great presentation and written in a style very clear and precise! Thank you, Karla, for such a very interesting book! Congratulations loved it!!!” 
 - Diana Santiago, Javea 

 “I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Karla's first book on the history and architecture of Jávea. It reads as Karla lectures, with enthusiasm, knowledge, and fun. This is a must for anyone interested in knowing more about how Jávea has changed over time. I have ordered more to give as Christmas presents and what a fabulous addition to being put into rental properties. I love the knowledge I have gained from reading this book. A great read.” 
 - Lizzie Clayton, Benitachell