Castilla y León Things to Do

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Castilla y León Things to Do

  • Catedral Nueva - New Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Salamanca Things to Do

    The New Cathedral stands beside the Old Cathedral and is considerably larger It was constructed during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, after in the beginning of the 15th century, The interior architecture and decorations of the New Cathedral are rich and elegant Three chapels that are worth mentioning are the Golden Chapel, the Chapel of the...

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  • Monastery of Miraflores

    Burgos Things to Do

    Monastery Cartuja de Santa María de Miraflores is still active and belongs to me monks of the Order of Carthusians. That order was founded by the followers of Saint Bruno of Cologne (1030-1101). These monks have very strict statute and rules and they still practice the meditation and introspection. This explains why they these monks are not eager...

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  • Universidad - University

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Salamanca Things to Do

    The facade of the Universidad de Salamanca on the Patio de las Escuelas is probably the most photographed monument of Salamanca. Indeed the portal and facade is one of the most important monuments in Spain of the plateresque style. Plateresque means "in the manner of a silversmith". It is an architectural style exclusive of Spain between the late...

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  • El Cid

    Burgos Things to Do

    I will no repeat who was Rodrigo Díaz. This is just to say that the bronze equestrian statue of El Cid was sculpted by Juan Cristóbal González Quesada who was well known friend of the Soviet Union. Monument itself was raised here in Burgos in 1955 in the presence of Caudilo of Spain General Don Francisco Franco e Bahamonde. Monument is funny...

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  • Plaza Mayor

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Salamanca Things to Do

    The main square of Salamanca is one of the most beautiful and harmonious squares in Spain, in a baroque style The building on the north side contains the town hall and is beautifully finished with images Because eating is an important aspect of Spanish culture, restaurants and cafes are prevalent in the Plaza Mayor, many of the restaurants set-up...

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  • Cathedral

    Burgos Things to Do

    La Sacristía Mayor acaba de ser restaurada Contrasta su estilo barroco rococó con el del resto de la catedral Tiene una cúpula elíptica de seis gajos y linterna así como una abigarrada decoración, y está dedicada al tema de la Coronación de la Virgen como Reina del Cielo The sacristy has just been restored The rococo-baroque style contrasts...

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  • Casa de las Conchas

    4 out of 5 stars

    Salamanca Things to Do

    Extra ordinary building, took its name because of its facade decorated with shells made ​​of stone This was constructed during the 15th century. The architecture includes Gothic, Moorish and Italian styles Between all these shells, you can enjoy a wonderful window into Isabella-style and two beautiful gothic grids In total, there are...

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  • Churches, others

    Burgos Things to Do

    The Church of San Gil is typically Gothic church built in XIV century and reconstructed in XV and XVI centuries. This church is one of the most beautiful Gothic churches of Burgos. It was dedicated to San Gil or Saint Giles who was the Greek monk (c.650 – c. 710 A.D.). This Saint is one of fourteen Holy Helpers. The church itself has three naves...

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  • Convento de San Esteban

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Salamanca Things to Do

    This monastery is located on the other side of the small bridge that leads from the plaza Concilio, inside decorated with beautiful crucifixes , paintings , reliquaries The beautiful monastery is from the 16th century. Very nice courtyard with cloister with double gallery. On the ground floor is a room where Columbus with the Dominicans...

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  • Places & Streets

    Burgos Things to Do

    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.

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  • Catedral Vieja - Old Cathedral

    5 out of 5 stars

    Salamanca Things to Do

    The chapel of St. Bartholomew also called of Anaya (capilla de San Bartolomé o de los Anaya) is the most interesting of the old cathedral. In the centre stands the monumental tomb of Diego de Anaya, Salamanca bishop and archbishop of Sevilla, famous founder of the College de San Bartolomé the oldest of the University. It is made of alabaster and...

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  • Casa del Cordon

    Burgos Things to Do

    The Palace of the Constables of Castile, popularly known as Casa del Cordón (The house of the cord), is a palace from the XV century that was built in the old part of Burgos. Its founder was the Constable of Castille, don Pedro de Velasco. A strong mansion flanked by two towers crowned by a cresting. Inside, we should highlight the courtyard with...

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  • Walking

    Salamanca Things to Do

    It's always pleasant to take a walk in a beautiful natural setting the idea is even more appealing You're sure to find the landscapes attractive for their combination of vegetation and the murmur of flowing waters Salamanca is not all about historical building, if you continue walk from the city center, passing through Roman bridge over the...

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  • Arco de Santa Maria

    5 out of 5 stars

    Burgos Things to Do

    At the near end of the Paseo, opposite the Puente de Santa María (Bridge of Saint Mary), is the Arco de Santa María. This gate tower was originally built XIV century and rebuilt in 1552. It was twice taller four hundred years ago. This massive town gate is flanked by two semicircular towers, best seen from the bridge of Santa Maria over the...

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  • Roman Bridge

    Salamanca Things to Do

    This bridge offers pleasant strolling and some of the best views of the old city and the cathedrals You It was originally constructed in the year 89, but was reconstructed in the 17th century after it was damaged due to flooding. There is not much life around the bridge to tell the truth, and there is no traffic passing over the bridge as it is...

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  • Castle, Walls & Gates

    Burgos Things to Do

    If you walk Sant Estaban street (this is the street you take to go to the castle) to the right you get to Arco de San Esteban (S. Estaban’s arch) , another old entrance to the city. And also will see some part of the old wall wich surrended the city.

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  • Palacio de Monterrey

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Salamanca Things to Do

    If from the Plaza Mayor you walk to the west you will find what is considered as one of the best plateresque or Spanish Renaissance buildings in Spain. The palace was built in 1539 for the Count of Monterrey. The towers with the sumptuous decoration, the façade with the gallery led to what was called the Monterrey style in the 19th c. Hontañón...

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  • Monastery of Las Huelgas

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Burgos Things to Do

    The name "Monasterio de las Huelgas" sounded somewhat odd to me as "huelga" in modern Spanish means strike (I had experienced a national huelga = general strike on a previous trip to Spain!). In the middle ages "huelgas" was meaning rest, leisure; before the monastery there was here a royal leisure residence from where the name. The monastery was...

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  • Palacio de Anaya

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Salamanca Things to Do

    I liked this plaza as much as the Plaza Mayor. Looking south one can admire the Catedral Nueva and opposite the Palace of Anaya in neoclassical style. The main façade has a large doorway with stairs and four columns topped with a pediment. This is the old College of St. Bartholomew, founded in 1401 by Don Diego de Anaya and now Faculty of...

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  • Museums

    Burgos Things to Do

    French Monk Lesmes born in Loudun near Poitiers in France founded the Monastery of San Juan in Burgos in the XI century. This foundation was approved by the King of Castile Alfonso VI (1040-1101) and wife Queen Constanza of Burgundy. In XIX century during the times of secularization monks were expelled from this monastery and the process of neglect...

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  • Clerecia

    4 out of 5 stars

    Salamanca Things to Do

    Facing the Casa de la Conchas one finds the Clerecia another highlight of architecture in Salamanca. It is not surprising that Salamanca was European Capital of the Culture in 2002 when you look at this building among many others in the city. The construction of this historic building began in the early seventeenth on the orders of Queen Margaret...

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  • Casa de las Muertes

    Salamanca Things to Do

    A fine mansion from XV century. According the legend during construction were found bodies of brothers Manzano killed by a rival family of Monroy. РУССКИЙ Элегантные палаты XV века....

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  • Convento de las Duenas

    4 out of 5 stars

    Salamanca Things to Do

    The monastery called Convento de las Dueñas meaning monastery of the Mistresses is a nickname because it was intended as a religious retreat for aristocrats. The outside is sober but inside the cloister is one of the highlights of Renaissance art in Salamanca. Built in 1533 on a unique irregular pentagonal plan adapted to the primitive...

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  • Casa Lis

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Salamanca Things to Do

    Just south of the cathedrals, with view on the river Tormes, one can't miss the Casa Lis the first modernist building (1905) in Salamanca. Lighted at night it looks enchanting. I liked the collections with about 2500 pieces of decorative arts dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries including glassware, a huge collection of porcelain...

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  • Convento de las Ursulas

    Salamanca Things to Do

    The convent of the Ursulines was founded by archbishop Fonseca in 1512. Its most interesting feature is the Gothic apsis you see here. Inside there is a baroque retable. In front of the apsis stands the statue of Fray Luís de Granada, a theologian, writer and preacher who lived in the 16th century (third pic).

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  • Torre del Clavero

    3 out of 5 stars

    Salamanca Things to Do

    The Tower of the Keeper of the Keys was once the sole defensive structure in the palace of Don Francisco de Sotomayor, who was the Keeper of Keys of the Order of Alcántara. The octagonal tower was built in the 15th century and stands about 28 meters (around 85 feet) high and is topped by eight sentry boxes each with the shield of Anaya and...

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  • La Gran Via

    Salamanca Things to Do

    This is the main avenue of the city, just North of the old city. Many hotels and government buildings are here, as well as stores serving the residents. It is not even close in grandeur to the street of the same name in Madrid, but it preserves the style of old town in its buildings.

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  • Iglesia de San Marcos

    Salamanca Things to Do

    I was walking down Zamora on my way to Calle Van Dyck where there are some great bars and restaurants, when I came across this uniquely round, Romanesque church. It is the Church of San Marcos, which is one of the oldest in the city dating to the 12th century. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to visit the inside . . . just another thing to do the next...

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  • Zamora

    Salamanca Things to Do

    ZAMORA See some of the lovely little romanesque churches which are common here. Also see the Plaza Mayor and the rather gracious looking shops near it. The photographed chapel, seen outside the old walls from near the Cathedral is much plainer than any of those within the walls but it does have some historical interest. El Cid is supposed to have...

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  • Ayuntamiento

    Salamanca Things to Do

    The Town Hall in the Plaza Mayor is a beautiful architectural achievement by Andres Garcia de Quinones. The bells on the top give the otherwise bold and solid structure a slight delicacy that I thought was interesting.

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  • The castles ...

    "Castilla" is "the land of castles" .... evidently, visiting the medieval castles of the place is one of the "must see" activities. The highest concentrations of castles are perhaps placed alomg the Duero river, in the provinces of Valladolid and Soria. The first one is predominant of 15th century castles (there is a local style, known as "school...

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  • Salamanca

    In spite of being off the most beaten tourist routes and too far from Madrid as to keep day-trippers away, Salamanca has a surprising international and jovial atmosphere that coexists with a conservative Castilian society. This unique combination is due to its renowned University, one of the oldest in Europe, which has turned Salamanca into a city...

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  • Valladolid

    Valladolid, the capital of Castile and Leon, is along with Madrid and Saragossa, the only relatively big city in the central plains of Spain (over 300.000 inhabitants).Valladolid held the honour to be the main seat of the Spanish Court for many years until it was definitely moved to Madrid in the XVI century. There are many jewels left from that...

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  • Understand the Geography of Castile and...

    The first to take into account when planning a trip to Castile and Leon is its huge size. This is, by far, the largest national subdivision within the EU. As a matter of fact, Castile and Leon is about the same size as countries like Portugal or Hungary or more than three times bigger than Belgium, although it has only one fourth of its population....

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  • Segovia

    No matter which road you choose to approach Segovia (pop. 55.000), the perspective you will have in front of you will be fairy-tale-like. Its wealth in monuments deserves way more time than a simple day-trip, but for those on a tight schedule, even a short encounter with the Beautiful Lady will be more than rewarding. Despite its small size,...

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  • Check out the Roman Aqueduct

    Absolutely amazing! This aqueduct is considered as Segovia's leading monument and it is one of the greatest surviving examples of Roman engineering. This is also considered as the largest and most preserved aqueduct of all time!

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  • Visit the Alcazar

    Truly magical, this majestic castle is said to be the inspiration behind Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle.People can visit the castle which now serves as a museum from 10:00 a.m. to 19:00 p.m.. in summer ((April-September) and 10:00 a.m. to 18:00 p.m in winter (October-March). Entrance tickets: GENERAL 3.50EURREDUCE TICKET 2.50EURTOWER OF JUAN...

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  • Loyal Rock

    The hilltop castle at Peñafiel is still impressive after so many years of forsake and neglect. From the distance, it looks like a vessel anchored in the Duero bank. The castle has been recently renovated and now hides a modern construction in its core that hosts the Wine Museum of the town.The area is indeed rich in wine cellars, many of them...

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  • Medina of Dryriver

    Medina de Rioseco is the capital of the Western part of the Land of Fields. In spite of the fact that the sea is hundreds of kilometres away, it is dubbed the town of the Admirals, as it got its biggest splendour under the Enríquez family, which held the title of the Admirals of Castille.The city lost its castle and the palace of the Admirals...

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  • Medina of the Field

    Medina del Campo is the second largest town in the province of Valladolid. During the Middle Ages it hosted the most important trade fair in the Kingdom of Castille.Not far away from the city limits stands the Castle of La Mota, one of the largest and best preserved fortresses in Spain. This one is untypically build with bricks in the Mudejar...

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  • Tordesillas

    Under the auspices of the Holy See, the mighty crowns of Castille and Portugal reached an agreement in Tordesillas as how to divide the new lands that were been explored among themselves. That was in 1494. A few years later, the castle of Tordesillas was the place where the Queen Jane the Insane was secluded until the day of her death, as she was...

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  • 6. PROVINCE OF VALLADOLID

    The province of Valladolid occupies a central position in Castille and Lion. It is the flattest area in Castille, crossed by the river Duero and several of its tributaries. Apart from a stunning number of Castles and historical towns, this province is home to some of the most celebrated wineries in the Ribera del Duero region.

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  • 5. PROVINCE OF LION

    When the Christians who had found refuge in the mountains felt that the plains were safe enough, King Ordoño I moved his capital to Lion, a former Roman military garnison. It was then that the Kingdom of Lion was born.The current province of Lion covers the Northern part thereof. A number of natural regions, like the Bierzo, the Maragatería, Babia,...

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  • Aguilar of Campoo

    the Northern part of the province of Palence claims to host the highest concentration in the world of Romanesque art. Almost every little village and hamlet in the area hosts proudly a small rural church built in this style. Aguilar de Campoo is the most monumental towns in this area. The town is home to several convents, Medieval wall gates, the...

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  • Local historic technical achievments in...

    Make a visit at the forge mechanics at Compludo. This old forge-hammer is driven by water force and water is also pushing in air to the forge bed. Hmmm, quite interesting!Look at my Compludo page.

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