Cities in Spain: Valladolid
The capital and largest city of the region, Valladolid (Valladolid) lies in the center of the site, in the confluence of the Pueuerg and Esegy. Founded in the XII century, the city left a noticeable footprint in Spanish history – in the Middle Ages there was a residence of Castilian monarchs, Ferdinand Aragon was crown, here was his marriage with Isabella Castilskaya, Columbus died here, lived and worked by Cervantes. However, from the XVI century, Valladolid is experiencing a period of decline, and many of its old buildings are replaced by tasteless mansions. Numerous fires, Napoleonic invasion and industrialization of the mid-20th century significantly changed the appearance of the city, turning it into a major industrial center with an abundance of standard quarters of glass and concrete. However, there are several magnificent examples of gothic architecture and many first-class museums, as well as many characteristic green areas.
Valladolid’s heart – Spacious Plaza Major Square, surrounded by arcades and numerous buildings of banks and hotels. Planned and built up in the XVI century, Plaza Major became the first sample of such a design of urban areas, which was an example of countless imitation throughout the country – in Spain, and in many countries of South America it is difficult to find a city in which the central square would not be called no Plasa Major and its design would be very different from Valladolid. The statue of the founder of the city is towers here – Count Ansure, as well as the Kasa-Consistorial Municipality Buildings (XX.) And theater "Surrilla" (1884 G.). In the western edge of the square, you can find a lot of the best restaurants in the city, and behind them, just a few minutes walk, is the Museum of Religious Art of San Hoakin and Santa Ana. North of the square, in the complex of a carefully restored monastery of San Benito (San Benito El Real, XIV.) with his famous church of the same name (XV in.) It is located the newest Museum of the city – Patio-Erririano (dedicated to the modern Spanish art). Nearby is also the old city market Mercado del Val, several palaces (XVI-XVII centuries.), Calderon Theater, Archbishop Palace, San Miguel Church (XVI in.), Nourera Senora de la Vera Cruz, Penitately de las-Angustias (XVI in.), Santa Maria La Antigua (XII-XIV BB.) and San Julian (XVI in.), and the north of Cali-San Ignacio can be found complex Musseo del Valladolid (a great archaeological museum and art galleries).
500 meters east of Plaza Major can be seen and not a complete Cathedral of Nourera-Senora de la Asuncion (XVI-XIX centuries.) With his Museum of Diosoano (a collection of religious medieval art and a musical archive, here you can see the model of the cathedral in the form of how he wondered by Juan de Errero). The north of the cathedral is one of the most colorful squares of the city – Plaza de San Pablo with the Palace of Los Pimentel located on it (XV., repeatedly rebuilt), the Royal Palace of El Palacio Real de Valladolid (XVI in.), Church of San Pablo (XIII-XV centuries.) with an amazing beauty facade and adjacent to her richest national sculpture museum (ranked College San Gregorio, D-Villena Palace and Del Sol). Slightly in depth are house-museum of writer José Zorrilla and Church of San Martin.
The most famous monuments of Valladolid also include the Delightful Museum of Eastern Art (Musseo-Oriental) in the former College de Agustinos Complex, the House Museum of Cervantes (it was here that was completed "Don Quixote"), Welgas Reales Monastery (XVII-XX centuries.), Church of Santa Maria Magdalena (XVI in.), A house-museum of Christopher Columbus, Santa Cruz College (XV in., The first structure in the style of Renaissance in Spain) with his richest library, university complex (XV-XVI centuries.) With an amazingly beautiful baroque facade (1715 g.), Santissimo Salvador Church (XIV-XVII centuries.) and San Juan de Letrant (XVIII in.), as well as the monastery of De Los Padres-Filipinos (XVIII in.).
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