Places & Streets, Burgos
If you go along San Francisco Street you will unavoidably pass by the ruins of San Francisco Monastery. Unfortunately only main facade survived. All other parts are adds built in XX century where the Diocesan Benevolent service is situated. Anyway you will be able to enjoy excellent gothic architecture.
If go further along San Francisco Street till the intersection with Azorin Street then you will find the ruins of the church of San Francisco Monastery. Only one wall survived but even this wall is the monument of gothic architecture.
Diego Rodríguez Porcelos was the son and successor of Rodrigo, Count of Castile, and he reigned from 873 through 885 A.D. In fact he was the repopulator of Burgos that’s why this monument was erected in Burgos on thousand years anniversary in 1983. He confronted a large Arab army trying to annex the valley of the Ebro from his base in Pancorbo and he created a defensive line along the river Arlanzón flowing through Burgos. It also appears he restored the Episcopal See of Oca (ancient Auca).
After his death, Castile was divided into many counties until 932 A.D.
En el centro de Burgos está la antigua plaza del Mercado , que ahora es conocida como la Plaza Mayor
Podemos dar un paseo por los soportales , ver el ayuntamiento , la estatua de Carlos III , ver el conjunto de los edificios con su colorido y las influencias del art deco .
Es el sitio perfecto para tomar unas tapas , sin olvidar la morcilla de Burgos
In the center of Burgos is the old market square, which is now known as the Plaza Mayor
It is nice stroll through the arcades, see the town hall, the statue of Carlos III, all the colourful buildings with their art deco influences.
It is the perfect place to eat some "tapas", not forgetting the morcilla de Burgos
Perhaps it's a given that every town and city in Spain seems to have one. Naturally, it was the central gathering place of the community. Perhaps, it still is. However, they're all worth checking out. Each and every last one of 'em!
Burgos's is lovely as you can see.
On the plaza at the principal façade of the cathedral stands the fountain of Santa Maria.
The fountain is composed of two parts, the inferior is made of human figures on strange aquatic animals, and the superior who contains the source, shows Mary supporting in her arms Jesus child.
The centre of the town, where everybody relaxes, has a drink, has a chat, meets friends. It is the same all over Spain, whenever the sun starts to lose its intensity, hop out come the people. This is where the real centre of communications is.
In Burgos there are some places nice to roam and this one along the river is one of them. Pay atention to the sculptures in both sides. They portray some Spanish Kings. These sculptures were brought from the Royal Palace in Madrid and placed in this place.
In this square you can see some interesting buildings. San Lesmes church (pay atention to the entrance gate), San Juan’s monastery, Bernarda’s convent and the interesting façade of the Culture House wich used to be in the old times an hospital. From this square you can start the Santiago’s path wich goes acrosss Burgos. From here you see also another old entrance to the old city, San Juan’s arch.
It was surprising how open the river area was with much greenery. Alongside the river is the park where the locals take their daily Paseo. The park on the west bank is endowed with statues, fountains and an ornate bandstand.
The River Arlanza separates the older part of the city from the much more modern section on the east bank.
The main square of Burgos located near the cathedral. An underground car park has recently been built under the Plaza, but when we were there in Dec 2004 work was just about complete and they were just finishing the paving. In fact we found the location of the new car park central and useful as there was not much parking in the city.
A number of architectural styles can be seen in its surrounding building, the most notable being the Casa Consistorial in neoclassical style of the 18th century. The square also has a statue of King Carlos III erected in 1774.
the paseo el espolon is a pedestrain street that runs from the arco de santa maria to plaza el cid. this pleasant tree lined street has numerous shops, restaurants, and cafes.
It's a great green area along the right bank of the Arlanzón river. You can find there a big variety of plants and trees.
From this belvedere you have a beautiful view of the city. Of course the cathedral is the thing that stands out the most.