Puente de Alcántara

The Puente de Alcántara is a Roman arch bridge in Toledo, spanning the Tagus River. The word Alcántara comes from Arabic القنطرة, which means "bridge". Located at the foot of the Castillo de San Servando, it was built by the Romans after they founded the city. In the Middle Ages it was one of the few entrances for pilgrims into the city, it has two arches. There is evidence of its construction in Roman times, at the founding of Toletum, it was damaged and rebuilt in the 10th century, at which time a third arch disappeared, reduced to a gate with a horseshoe arch. It was one of the only bridges that gave access to the city and in the Middle Ages it was the obligatory entry for all pilgrims. During the reign of Alfonso X of Castile it was rebuilt; the western tower belongs to this period decorated under the reign of the Catholic Monarchs, whose arms decorate its walls. The fruit of the pomegranate is missing from them, because the Reconquista had not finished at that time; the eastern tower was replaced by a Baroque triumphal arch in 1721, because of its ruinous state.

It was declared a national cultural monument in 1921. The bridge should not be confused with either the Alcántara Bridge in Alcántara or the Alconétar Bridge in the Extremadura region, both Roman bridges are situated further downstream. List of Roman sites in Spain Media related to Puente de Alcántara, Toledo at Wikimedia Commons

Lia van Rhijn

Lia van Rhijn is a Dutch ceramist and sculptor, who makes sculptures of human – and animal figures and architectural forms. Lia van Rhijn studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in the Free Academy in The Hague, it was Ernst Beijer who awoke her interest for special architectural lines, she received glaze lessons from Henk Trumpie. For her early work she received the Art Encouragement Prize from the city of Gouda in 1980. Travelling to Mexico, Ireland and imaginary tours to Cappadocia made her aware of the ethnic and geographic influence on art forms. In these experiences she found the themes and inspiration for all her work. In addition, she follows her own ideas; the studio of Lia van Rhijn is part of the Arts Centre Hofstede Duet in Zuidwolde, Drenthe in which her life partner, the etcher Han van Hagen, participates. In that context, they offers workshops; the raw material for Lia van Rhijn's work is clay, which produced both turned work and hand sculpture. The baking and glazing of the images is carried out according to various techniques and in various ovens, including the Raku method.

Her images include human -- and animal figures, with attention to attitudes. Part of her portraits are inspired by examples from the Renaissance. Architectural forms, as well as draperies find a place in her oeuvre. Combinations of themes occur, her pots and bowls are purely artistic, but could be named artistic formed using ceramic or ceramic applied. List of Dutch ceramists Website Han van Hagen and Lia van Rhijn

Thomas T. Riley

Thomas Thomas Riley was the United States Ambassador to Morocco for 5 years. He was sworn in on December 21, 2003, arrived at his post in January 2004. King Mohammed VI awarded Ambassador Riley the "Grand Croix du Ordre du Ouissam El Alaouite". In January 2009 following the inauguration of a new President, all Ambassadors automatically tender their resignations. Ambassador Riley was selected as the recipient of the State Department's 2009 Sue M. Cobb Award for Exemplary Diplomatic Service, the only award given by the State Department to a political-appointee Ambassador. Thomas Riley was Senior VP and Managing Director International for Savvis, Inc. until 2011. He joined BrightSource Energy, an Oakland, California-based global provider of utility scale solar technology, as senior adviser for International business development. Riley was born in California. After receiving his BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, he worked as an engineer at Boeing for one year. Riley attended Harvard Business School where he received his MBA, went on to work at TRW Mission in London and Paris.

He returned to the US after 4 years and cofounded a company selling construction equipment to East Africa. In 1984, he began an 20-year career in Silicon Valley, as Product Manager for an advanced electric utility meter at Robinton Products. Riley is the holder of United States Patent 5303767 for an energy management system. Riley is married to Nancy Vieira da Rosa Riley, a former tax attorney and author of the children's book "Moroccan Mystery". United States Patent 5303767 San Francisco Chronicle article “Our Man in Morocco” State Magazine - Sue M. Cobb Award for Exemplary Diplomatic Service