C/ de la Paloma 4, Burgos, 09003, Spain
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Casa del Cordon - The door.
Statue of El Cid Campeador
El Cid Campeador
Travel Tips for Burgos
CATHEDRAL - The main façade.
The cathedral of Burgos is worthwhile the visit as she is one of the finest examples of Spanish Gothic art. The cathedral (now an UNESCO world heritage) was built on an irregular ground what adds to the charm and the variety of the architectural aspects. She is the third largest cathedral in Spain after Sevilla and Toledo.
The main façade is on the Plaza de Santa Maria with a starred rose-window and a gallery of statues of the Castile monarchs. There are two 88-metre towers, crowned by magnificent spires with open stonework traceries. Here we can see that the construction was over a long period with two gothic styles. The lower part by local architects built on plans imported from France in the 13th and 14th c. and the upper parts in the 15th c. with architects and sculptors like Felipe Bigarny from Burgondy, Gil de Siloé from Flanders and John of Cologne.
They found in the Moresque local art "mudejar" an inspiration which allowed them to renew in the 15th century here in Castile and Leon the flamboyant Gothic which weakened then in the North of Europe.
This transformation of the gothic style is very noticeable when looking up from the three entrances to the open-carved balustrades and balconies in the towers.
Remarkable of course is the white stone used. The cathedral of Burgos looks like a lace work.
Arco de Santa Maria.
You have to pass by this gateway to enter the centre and reach the cathedral if as most tourists you parked your car at the underground parking of Plaza de Vega.
From the bridge on the river Arlanzon you will have the best view on what is in fact a monumental arch flanked by two semicircular towers (from 14th c.)
The frontage was modified in the 16th century to make a triumphal arch in the honour of the emperor Charles Quint and represents the famous persons of Burgos. In the centre of the lower row is the statue of Diego Porcelos, the town's founder, flanked by Nuno Rasura and Lain Calvo, the first judges of Castile, and in the upper row the Cid Campeador, Count Fernan Gonzalez and the Emperor Charles Quint.
Emperor Charles Quint (Charles V born in Gent, Belgium; named Carlos I in Spain) had difficulties to put down the revolt of some Castilian cities.
Charles V wanted to impose his Flemish regent and court and increase taxes.
Amusing to see that centuries ago taxes were an export product of my country together with paintings and tapestries. Nothing new under the sun with taxes since the 16th c.; Belgium is still in the EU one of the countries with highest tax level.
At the top of these historical men stand the guardian angel of Burgos and the Virgin Mary which is the patron of the city so that most monuments here are devoted to her.
It is possible to visit the inside. On the upper floor is a pharmacy museum.
Open: Tuesday - Saturday 11 - 14 h and 17 - 20.50 h. Sunday 11 - 14 h.
Closed on Monday.
Burgos is a small city but full of interesting things to visit. History is all over it and you’ll learn a lot of things. Though is a cold place (weather) you’ll find out that is very warm once you start visiting it. Enjoy it!