This fantastic Romanesque Cathedral was built between 1.151 and 1.174. Elements were added to the cathedral over the years and include Gothic features (apses and sanctuary) and Herrera style features (cloister). The building has three naves, a transept and three semicircular apses.
For more pics, see next two tips.
Nice square with some interesting spots to be considered:
- Main pic: General view of the square.
- Second pic: Statue dedicated to Viriato and made by Eduardo Barón.
Viriato was a Lusitanian (portuguese) leader who fought against the Roman expansion.
- Third pic: Tourism office.
- Fourth pic: Palacio de los Condes de Alba y Aliste (see the Things to Do tip) and Parador (see the Accommodation tip).
- Main pic again, and "behind" the trees: Diputación Provincial/Hospital de la Encarnación.
Romanesque style and built during the 11th century, The Iglesia (Church) de Santa María la Nueva was destroyed during the Motín de la Trucha and it needed to be rebuilt. The apse and some parts of the wall from the XI century are preserved.
Many interesting buildings here:
- Main: General view of the square.
- Second: Ayuntamiento Nuevo (New City Hall).
- Third: Ayuntamiento Vijo (Old City Hall).
- Fourth and fifth: Iglesia (Church) de San Juan de Puerta Nueva.
Romanesque style and built in the 12th century, only one nave remains.
In the historic centre of Zamora, right now is the Parador (luxury Spanish hotel chain). It is inside a palace built over the remains of a Roman fortress in the mid 15th century.
- Fax: (+34) 980 53 00 63
The park is set around the old castillo, which is surrounded by a deep moat. It is reached from the cathedral buildings through a Plateresque style gate. It's a nice place for a stroll and from the ramparts you get nice views over the Duero river.
This time no masterpiece from the 12th century, but from the 16th! The Palacio de los Momos was built in the 16th century in Gothic style and has beatifully carved facade.
It's the seat of the court these days.
Zamora has lots of Romanesque churches, all built around the same time as the cathredral (12th century). Some have been restored and other styles have been added later on. But they're all very simple without much decoration. The churches usually are open for visits in the mornings and the late afternoons.
The most prominent landmark of Zamora is the Romanesque cathedral from the 12th century. It has two different towers, one square Romanesque, the other with a cuppola is built in Byzantine style. You can visit the cathedral for a few hours in the morning and in late afternoon.
Next to it is a museum showing Flemish tapestries
This Romanesque Bridge (puente means bridge whilst piedra means stone) was built in the 12th century. It has 16 ogyval arches and crosses one of the widest part of the Río Duero (Duero river).
- Main: Main nave.
- Second_ High Altar.
- Third: Choir.
- Fourth: Organ.
- Fifth: Another altar.
The Bishop's Gate is one of the gates of the old walls of Zamora. The name is becuase the Episcopla Palace was there.
Portillo de la Traición (Betrayal Gate) is where Bellido Dolfos, under attack of El Cid Campeador, entered the city after killing King Sancho II The Strong" during the city siege.
This was the city's greatest and largest church after the cathedral. Built in the 11th century on the remains of the old Santa Leocadia Church, the building has different architectural styles.
The Ethnographic Museum of Castilla y León tries the visitor to think about all the aspects of life that matter the human being.
It also offers temporary exhibitions.