Valladolid Things to Do

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    Iglesia de Santa Maria de la Antigua

    by Oleg_D. Written May 24, 2015

    First church at this place was founded by Count Pedro de Anzures in beginning of XII century. Present building was mostly built in XIV century and is expressively Gothic in style. Although original Romanesque architecture style is still represented by Romanesque belfry built in XIII century. It was built is so called Lombard manner. Unfortunately we failed to get in because church was closed.
    Church has not fixed schedule, you can visit before or after worship from 8:30 to 10:00 and 18:30 to 20:00 hours.
    Approximate schedule of Masses: Monday-Friday from 9:00 to 9:30 hours and at 19:15 hours. Saturdays at 19:15 hours and Sundays at 10:15, 11:15, 12:15, 13:15 and 19:15 hours.

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    Iglesia San Benito El Real

    by Oleg_D. Written May 24, 2015

    Splendid late Gothic church and convent of San Benito el Real or Saint Benedict Royal was built between 1499 and 1515 according to plans of Juan de Arandia and Garcia de Olave. Today this is one of the oldest buildings in Valladolid, although not the oldest one. Church was built where mediaeval royal palaces known as the Reales Alcazares had previously stood.
    Portico or main portal was built by Gil de Hontañon (1569-1572). If we have a look at the pictures of the beginning of XIX century then we can easily discover that belfry over the main portal was twice higher. In the cloisters of this church is situated museum of contemporary arts. Entrance to that museum is situated from other side. Majority of masterpieces from this church are now in the National Museum of sculpture.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated.
    The church is open for all year during the following times: Monday to Sunday and holidays from 7:30 to 13:45 hrs. and from 19:15 to 21:30 hours.
    Schedule visits:
    20 minutes before each Mass
    Masses: Mon-Sat: 8:00, 10:00, 13:00, 20:00 and 21:00. Sun: 8:00, 10:00, 11: 00, 12: 00, 13: 00, 14:00, 18:30, 20:00 and 21:00

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    Church of Las Angustias

    by Oleg_D. Written May 24, 2015

    This church was built by architect Juan de Nates at the end of XVI century. This church was traditional HQ of “Penitential Confraternity”. I don’t share delights about the main façade and portal of this church. To my mind this is just another baroque church. Interior of the church is known for the image of the Virgin of Las Angustias.

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    Church of San Augustine

    by Oleg_D. Written May 24, 2015

    Church of San Agustin was constructed between 1550 and 1627 by the architect Diego de Praves. From the very beginning was church supposed to be Gothic in style but was accomplished and Classic style. Church badly suffered during the Peninsular War of 1808-1813 when French Army turned it in to barracks. After the war, in 1814 only four monks left here. After the Act of secularization of 1834, in 1835 all monks were expelled and church was expropriated by government. Ever since that date church was in decay and by XX century was almost ruined. In 2000-2002 archeological excavations were conducted around the church and in 2002 the restoration started.

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    Church of Las Francesas

    by Oleg_D. Written May 24, 2015

    This church was founded and built in 1487 by Dona Maria de Zuniga and Dona Maria de Fonseca. Church was totally reconstructed in XVII and XVIII centuries and got baroque main portal. Nowadays this church and its cloister are the Municipal Exhibition Hall. Cloister preserved its original appearance and is known as Patio de las Tabas now. Unfortunately church and cloister were closed and we failed to get in.

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    Cervantes Museum

    by Oleg_D. Written May 23, 2015

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    Don Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616) was living in Valladolid from 1604 through 1606 that means during the period when his Immortal novel “Don Quixote” was first published in 1605.
    Admission 3 Euros.
    Open:
    Tuesday – Saturday: 9:30 - 15:00
    Sundays and Public Holidays : 10:00 - 15:00

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    Monument to Christopher Columbus

    by Oleg_D. Written May 22, 2015

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    In Valladolid where Christopher Columbus spent his last days and died in 1506, stands a monument commemorating the great discoverer and his discoveries. Perhaps the most interesting feature of the memorial is a statue of a lion at the base of it, where the Spanish National Motto is engraved. The most remarkable part of this monument is the lion destroying with his paw one a letter N in a word that had been part of Spanish motto for centuries. Before Columbus accomplished his voyages Spaniards thought they had reached the outer limits of the earth and their motto was – “No Plus Ultra or No More Beyond”. Doing so, lion is removing ‘no” from the motto transforming it in – “Plus Ultra or More Beyond”. This monument was created by sculptor Antonio Susillo in 1905. You are going to find this monument while walking from rail way station to the center.

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    Plaza Mayor and Casa Consistorial

    by Oleg_D. Written May 22, 2015

    As any Spanish city Valladolid traditionally has its own Main Square or Plaza Mayor. It situated at the place of market square totally destroyed by the Great Fire of 1561. It the center of this square you can see a monument to Count Pedro de Anzures. It the galleries around the square you are going to find shops, drug stores and restaurants. Under the square is a parking lot. And of course here you are going to find Casa Consistorial or City Council building built in 1908. This Plaza Mayor is neither biggest nor the most beautiful in Spain but quite nice place and definitely is local architectural monument.

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    Monument to Pedro Anzures

    by Oleg_D. Written May 22, 2015

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    Pedro Anzures (1037-1118) was Count of Liebana, Carrion and Soldana and Senior of Valladolid. He was well known because according to the orders of Alfonso VI the King of Castile he repopulated Valladolid. Before his repopulation program Valladolid had only two perishes. Monument to him you can see at the center of Main Square of Valladolid.

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    Market

    by alectrevor Updated May 10, 2014

    Fruit, Vegetables and Flowers,,and the World. Valladolid has some impressive buildings from the times when Valladolid was the capital of Spain.Ferdinand was crowned king of Castille here and married Isabel here. Columbus died here in 1506. Philip 11 was born here, but he moved court to Madrid in 1560.

    Globe in Market Market Church

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    Plaza Circular

    by bonio Written May 17, 2011

    As the name suggests a "round square"! Although there is traffic about we never saw it very busy, at the centre is a playground and plenty of seats to watch the world, around the outside are many bars and cafes a good place to spend an evening.

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    Museo de arte contemporaneo Espanol

    by belgianchocolate Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Most definitely a highlight for me was a visit
    to the 'patio Herreriano'
    The museum for modern art.
    At first I was a little dissapointed-
    it is a beautifull building.
    (the fact that they reuse old buildings and
    give them a new destination , fantastic)

    Disapointed because the first 3 'salas' are
    the permanent collection. I don't like those
    paintings with 3 stripes and 5 colored
    rectangles.

    But it soon became better and showed the
    true spirit of the new Spanish creative
    generation.


    -Javier Velasco : I write this story with tears.
    'an installation with light reflecting all the
    chrystal drops and a video with a swimming
    baby'
    -Cristina Garcia Rodero
    'a whole room with fantastic pictures made
    at mystic rituals in or outside Spain'
    -Ana Laura Ala?z
    'A facinating videoclib , shown in a pink
    soft room. She even sings it herself'

    What you need to know is that all of these
    works are temporary. But it is sure a good
    break from all that religious old art.

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    National Sculpture Museum

    by zindara Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Not only the building (Colegio de San Gregorio) is beautiful (great façade and nice patio), but also the paintings and specially the religious sculptures on display in the museum.
    Weekdays 10:00 – 14:00 and 16:00 – 18:00. Sundays: 10:00 – 14:00. Closed on Mondays. Price: 2,40€. Free for everybody on Saturday afternoon and Sundays.

    Sculpture Museum Valladolid
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    Visiting castles

    by -deja.Ismael Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The area around Valladolid includes one of the highest concentrations of medieval castles of Spain, and probably, of the world. There is even a local style, known as 'School of Valladolid'.

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    Castle of Torrelobaton

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  • Same Ol' Same Ol'

    by jardoz Written Mar 22, 2011

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    You'd do the same ol' things in Valladolid that you'd do in most other Spanish cities: Plaza Mayor, Catedral, some museum, tapas bars... but corte ingles??? I don't know about that one, pretty lame place to visit if you ask me.

    By the way, smcl "not much to do": the "customer treatment" you received in Corte Ingles is a Spanish custom. Most employees just couldn't care less about the customer, in fact, customers are an inconvenience for them. It's normal for Spaniards, but visitors find it offensive. You'd think they'd want to help their economy by trying to make sales...

    You can find something fun to do anywhere you go, especially if you've never been there before.

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