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    Cathedral.

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 10, 2015

    Cathedral of Our Lady of the Holy Assumption in Valladolid was designed by Juan de Herrera. Construction of this cathedral started according to orders of King Felipe II. Originally it was no the cathedral but collegiate church to replace previous one. Old Collegiate Church was mostly demolished only several chapels survive till today. Diocesan museum is situated in these old gothic chapels. Project of Herrera was accomplished only on 45 or maybe 50 percent due to simple reasons. King Felipe II moved Spanish capital from Valladolid to Madrid in 1560. Of course main funds were redirected to new capital. At the request of Philip II the collegiate church under construction received the rank of cathedral. Only on May 21, 1595 the solemn consecration took place. In 1597 Juan de Herrera died and a year later in 1598, died Felipe II. Construction stopped again and it is not accomplished even now. Several times construction was resumed but never finished. Current tower of the cathedral was built between 1880 and 1890. The dome crowning and monumental statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus were added in 1923.
    So, people destroyed very wonderful Gothic Collegiate church but failed to construct a cathedral. Alas.
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    From Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 to 13:30 and from 16:30 to 19:00 hrs.
    On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10:00 to 14:00 hrs.
    Closed on Mondays.
    Admission is free but any donation is welcome and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.

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    Cathedral. Interior.

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 10, 2015

    Although only half of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Holy Assumption was accomplished by nowadays since mid of XVI century its interior space seems really huge. Huge and empty or even hollow, let me say honestly. Its splendid baroque high altar is pretty big but even this big altar is getting lost in such big hollow space. The same time all these circumstances were not created by some special design. The reason is very simple, it is lack of funds and as the result construction of this cathedral is continuing since mid of XVI century and still hasn’t been accomplished. Try to imagine, according to original design this cathedral must become four times bigger at last.
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    From Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 to 13:30 and from 16:30 to 19:00 hrs.
    On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10:00 to 14:00 hrs.
    Closed on Mondays.
    Admission is free but any donation is welcome and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.

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    Cathedral. Pedro de Anzures’ tomb

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 9, 2015

    In the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Holy Assumption you will find splendid tomb of Count Pedro de Anzures, it is situated in Northern nave near the entrance to diocesan museum. Pedro Anzures the Count of Liebana, Carrion and Soldana and Senior of Valladolid died in 1118 but his tomb was made in second half of XVI century. That’s why his effigy represents Spanish knight typical for the times of Lepanto and Great Armada instead the knight of XII century in chainmail hauberk, Norman helmet and kite shaped shield with Romanesque sword.
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    From Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 to 13:30 and from 16:30 to 19:00 hrs.
    On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10:00 to 14:00 hrs.
    Closed on Mondays.
    Admission is free but any donation is welcome and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.

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    Diocesan and Cathedral Museum.

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 7, 2015

    Diocesan and Cathedral Museum was opened in 1965, it is billeted in the remains of restored parts of Old Cathedral and Medieval Collegiate Church built by Count de Ansúrez the founder of Valladolid. Several chapels of the Collegiate Church built in XIII century, are the exhibit halls now and displaying excellent collection of early gothic tombs of XIII century, sculpture and painting of XV-XVII centuries. I recommend visiting this museum to all people who are interested in medieval history and art.
    Entrance to museum is through the Cathedral.
    Hours:
    From Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 to 13:30 and from 16:30 to 19:00 hrs.
    On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10:00 to 14:00 hrs.
    Closed on Mondays.
    Admission three Euros. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.

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    Diocesan and Cathedral Museum. Paintings

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 7, 2015

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    Museum has good examples of Gothic fine arts in its collection. The most beautiful masterpiece of gothic art in collection is the altarpiece dedicated to Monte Gargano miracle made in XV century. At the panels of this altarpiece you can see San Miguel as typical Castilian man-at-arms of mid of XV century. Also you can find there couple archers. This altarpiece will be especially interesting to all people who are interested in medieval military history. For people who just like gothic fine arts, museum suggests many others altarpieces and icons mostly of XV-XVI centuries.
    Entrance to museum is through the Cathedral.
    Hours:
    From Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 to 13:30 and from 16:30 to 19:00 hrs.
    On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10:00 to 14:00 hrs.
    Closed on Mondays.
    Admission three Euros. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.

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    Diocesan and Cathedral Museum. Sculptures

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 7, 2015

    Museum has very good collection of medieval sculptures. You are going to see statues made mostly in XV-XVII centuries. For me personally the most interesting statues were the statue of San Miguel made in second half of XV century. San Miguel traditionally kill Devil and destroys all his servants and weighing the souls. Another very interesting statue shows San Cosme and was made in first quarter of XVI century. This statue give you the notion about Spanish fashion during first quarter of XVI century. Of course you are going to find there many others good statues. Entrance to museum is through the Cathedral.
    Hours:
    From Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 to 13:30 and from 16:30 to 19:00 hrs.
    On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10:00 to 14:00 hrs.
    Closed on Mondays.
    Admission three Euros. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.

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    Palace of Marquises of Valverde.

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 6, 2015

    Construction of this palace started in 1501 for Don Juan de Figueroa and Valverde. Building is decorated by escutcheons with coat of arms of the Marquises of Figueroa-Valverde. Today this palace is private property and it is occupied by private dwellings and shops.

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    Church of Santiago.

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 5, 2015

    The church was built on the place of small chapel existed here since XI century. Construction started in 1400 and new church got the status of parish church. Within XV century church became too small for local flock of merchants and bankers lived near Main Square of the City. Rich merchant and banker Luis de la Serna became the patron of the temple, agreeing with ecclesiastical authority to finance complete reconstruction in exchange for being allowed to use the Church as a family pantheon. Reconstruction was accomplished by the architect Juan de Arandia Gipuzkoa. Reconstruction was mostly over by the mid of XVI century although some additional works took place later. In 1941 the Brotherhood of the Seven Words moved its headquarters here from the church of San Miguel and San Julian.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and video without flash light and tripod.

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    Church of Santiago. Interiors

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 5, 2015

    All retables inside are baroque, high altar was made in 1729. Church decorated with traditional symbols of Santiago or Saint James the Apostle. These symbols are the red cross combined with the sword and cockleshells. Central figure of high altar is equestrian statues of Santiago Matamoros or Saint James of Moor Killer. So, he is still doing his job brilliantly executed in 844 AD during the battle of Clavijo when the fate of Iberian Peninsula was in question. Really old artifacts inside the church are the tombs of Luis de la Serna and members of his family. Effigies on these tombs are good source of information on the fashion of first years of XVI century.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated.

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    Monument to Cervantes

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 3, 2015

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    Monument to Don Miguel de Cervantes was erected near the Southern wall of Valladolid Cathedral on September 29, 1877. Statue itself was modeled by Don Nicolas Fernandez de la Oliva, professor of sculpture at the School of Fine Arts in Valladolid. Another professor from the same school, Don Pablo Berasategui created four bas-relieves for the pedestal, with the scenes from various passages of Don Quixote. Stone pedestal was made by the municipal architect Don Joaquín Ruiz Sierra. The monument was installed at a place outside the house of Cervantes at the Rastro, where he had lived for two years since 1605. This house hasn’t survived till nowadays.

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    Monument to Cazadores of Alcantara

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 3, 2015

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    This monument was created by the sculptor Mariano Benlliure and was installed in 1931 near the main entrance to cavalry Academy. Monument represents different generations of Spanish elite cavalrymen of Alcantara Cavalry Regiment starting from the mid of XVII century till 1925.

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    Cavalry Academy

    by Oleg_D. Updated Jun 3, 2015

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    Construction of main building started in 1843 and this building was supposed to become new prison. When building was ready in 1850, special commission decided that this building cannot provide adequate conditions to prevent prisoners from escapes. So, prison was organized in one of former monasteries and new building was occupied by Military School of Cavalry previously billeted in Alcala de Henares. Special order about such relocation was issued by Lieutenant General Ricardo D. Shelly Comenfoso on May 22, 1852. Ever since that date Military Cavalry school was established in Valladolid. Building badly suffered during the fire of in 1915 but was reconstructed in 1921.
    Building is decorated with the crosses of most famous Spanish military Orders of Santiago, Calatrava and Alcantara.
    Cavalry academy has good museum. Unfortunately only group tours consisting of 10-30 persons are available. These tours are available on the morning of every weekday but preliminary appointment is required. You can request your tour via e-mail acab@et.mde.es, phone or fax.

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    Museo Nacional de Escultura.

    by Oleg_D. Updated Jun 2, 2015

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    National Museum of Sculpture was founded in 1842 and it is the oldest museum of Spain. Museum was organized in the complex of building belonged to Dominican College of Saint Gregory. College itself was built in 1488-1496 by Alonso de Burgos the Bishop of Palencia and Confessor of Their Catholic Majesties. Among the famous students of that college were Bartholomew de las Casas the first man who created a theory of equality of American Indians and Europeans, Melchor Cano, Luis de Granada and Francisco de Vitoria. Since no documents survived we don’t know who made wonderful main portal of San Gregorio although we can suggest Gil de Siloe. At the tympanum of the gate we can see figure of Roman Pope Gregory also known as Saint Gregory the Great. Main gate decorated by the figures of savages, innocent babies, men-at-arms, king-of-arms in the liveries of United Spain, Coat of Arms and personal badges of King Fernando and Queen Isabel. Since we see symbol of Granada at Coat of Arms of Spain we can firmly conclude that gate was built between 1492 and 1496. Valladolid is worth a visit only to see that gate.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos.
    Open: From Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00-14:00 hrs. and from 16:00 to 19:30 hrs.
    Sundays and holidays: 10:00-14:00 hrs.
    Admission is three Euros

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    Museo Nacional de Escultura. Men-at-arms

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 1, 2015

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    Among the statues of richly decorated main portal of Saint Gregory College where billeted National Museum of Sculpture you will find six statues of men-at-arms armed and equipped typically for the period of last war against the Moors of Granada in 1482-1492. All these men-at-arms are armed with swords and poleaxes and heavily armored in the full suites of gothic armors. Some of them instead of iron cuirasses wear brigandines the armor made out of many small iron plates riveted to canvas or velvet cover. One of these men-at-arms belongs to one of two famous military orders, either to Calatrava or to Alcantara. Since statues are monochrome we cannot judge what color was the cross on his chest painted in, red (Calatrava) or green (Alcantara). These statues are invaluable source of information for all who are interested in Medieval Military history.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos.
    Open: From Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00-14:00 hrs. and from 16:00 to 19:30 hrs.
    Sundays and holidays: 10:00-14:00 hrs.
    Admission is three Euros

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    Museo Nacional de Escultura. Gothic stairs

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 1, 2015

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    When you are visiting exhibitions of National Museum of Sculpture you are going to go up from ground to upper floor along very beautiful gothic stairs. Don’t forget to have a look up and enjoy wonderful ceiling.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos and videos.
    Open: From Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00-14:00 hrs. and from 16:00 to 19:30 hrs.
    Sundays and holidays: 10:00-14:00 hrs.
    Admission is three Euros

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