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Castilla y León Things to Do

  • Catedral Vieja - Old Cathedral

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    Salamanca Things to Do

    Old Cathedral of Salamanca was built between 1140 and 1200. Sounds very strange but today you cannot see this cathedral from outside. New Cathedral built in XVI-XVIII centuries totally covered its predecessor. The only way to see the Old Cathedral from outside is to go up on the belfry. This belfry is known as Ieronimus. Visitors are allowed to...

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  • Monastery of Miraflores

    Burgos Things to Do

    I visited the Cartuja Santa María de Miraflores (Carthusian monastery) together with two friends. In fact, our main goal in Burgos was the visit of the Monasterio de las Huelgas (one of the most intimate and marvelous Christian monasteries that I have ever seen in my life), what we did, but we still had time before going to sleep to our shelter for...

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Plaza Mayor

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    Salamanca Things to Do

    Plaza Mayor or main square of Salamanca was built between 1729-1755 according to orders of King Felipe V. He was the first King of Spain from new Bourbon dynasty and he was grateful to citizens of Salamanca for their support during the War for Spanish Succession. First time this square was used for traditional bullfights but later it became one of...

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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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  • Casa de las Conchas

    4 out of 5 stars

    Salamanca Things to Do

    Casa de las Conchas or House of Cockleshells is one of the most famous architectural symbols of Salamanca. This building was built in expressive Gothic style between 1493 and 1517. It was built by Don Rodrigo Aries de Maldonado, that gentleman was the Knight of Order of Santiago and the same time he was the professor of local university. Although...

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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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  • Universidad - University

    4 out of 5 stars

    Salamanca Things to Do

    Alfonso IX the King of Leon founded the University of Salamanca in 1218 uniting several already existed educational institutions. Nowadays huge complex of University buildings is situated mostly around the Square of Escuelas Menores. At the center of that square stands a monument to Brother Luis de Leon. Main facade of the University decorated with...

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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

    Monastery of Saint Stephen existed at this place since 1256. Present complex of building was built in XVI-XVII centuries because original monastery was demolished and new construction started in 1524. That explains why this monastery was built mostly Plateresque style, typical for Spain in first half of XVI century. Since Saint Stephen was the...

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  • Arco de Santa Maria

    4.5 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

    Puente Romano or Roman Bridge over River Tormes existed here from the times of Roman Empire or I A.D. Unfortunately this bridge was partially destroyed by the flood in 1626. Thanks God, fifteen original Roman arches survived. When you enter the bridge from the northern bank of River Tormes you are going to see the column with so called Iberian Hog...

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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

    City walls of Salamanca are typical for XII-XIII century. Definitely nobody reconstructed these walls in XIV and later centuries. The reason is very simple, since mid of XIII century Moors were pushed far South and Salamanca found itself in deep rear of the Kingdom of Castile and Leon. Moors couldn’t threat this city anymore. Smart local people, as...

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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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  • Convento de las Duenas

    4 out of 5 stars

    Salamanca Things to Do

    Convento de las Dueñas was founded in 1419 by Dona Juana Rodriguez de Maldonado as the Dominican Convent for women from noble families. She donated her palace to founded convent. This palace was rebuild during first half of XVI century and now only two Mudejar doorways remained from that old palace. Church and cloister were built by 1533. All...

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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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  • Clerecia

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Salamanca Things to Do

    This church was originally known as the Church of Royal College of the Jesus Society. It was built in XVII and XVIII centuries in baroque style. First architect was Juan Gomez de Mora. Construction began in 1617 and was accomplished by 1767. Church and its cloister were the same time Jesuitical College and school. If you walk up on the tower you...

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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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  • Palacio de Monterrey

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Salamanca Things to Do

    Don Alonso de Acevedo and Zúñiga, 3-rd Count of Monterrey and his wife Dona Maria Pimentel ordered the construction of that Palace. Construction began in 1539 under supervision of Pedro de Ibarra. Construction of this palace was never finished and we can see only part of original projects of architects. Palace is private property now and belongs to...

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  • Convento de las Ursulas

    Salamanca Things to Do

    Convent de las Ursulas was founded by Archbishop Alonso de Fonseca in 1512. That’s why its church has expressively gothic architecture. Although many baroque and neo-classic element were added to its architecture as the result of many reconstructions took place in XVII and XVIII centuries. Inside of the church you will find the tomb of Archbishop...

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  • Casa Lis

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Salamanca Things to Do

    La Casa Lis is an urban mansion built in the medieval defensive wall of Salamanca. It was built for Miguel de Lis (1855-1909). Architect of this project was Joaquín de Vargas and Aguirre (1857- 1935), born in Jerez de la Frontera. Don Miguel de Lis was an owner of a tannery he had inherited from his father and adapted to new production systems in...

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  • Palacio de Anaya

    4 out of 5 stars

    Salamanca Things to Do

    Anaya Palace is named after Diego de Anaya and Maldonado the founder of the College of St. Bartholomew in 1401. Construction of the building that has reached our days was begun in 1697 and was completed in 1767. In the main staircase that starts from the cloister is the bust of Unamuno, who was the Rector and professor of Greek at the University of...

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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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  • Torre del Clavero

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Salamanca Things to Do

    Torre Del Clavero or the Tower of Castellan is medieval defensive tower belonged to Order of Alcántara. This is wonderful example of the XV century gothic fortification. The tower is square and this is about twenty eight meters high. Tower decorated with the escutcheon of Sotomayor family from South Galicia and Anaya family from Salamanca. That’s...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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