Country: Spain Language: Spanish Currency: Euro (€)
Palencia is a small city in Castile and Leon, Spain. The beautiful Gothic Cathedral and architecture, the quaint pedestrian laneways, and relaxed Spanish atmosphere makes for a great stopover on your Spanish holiday!
CTW Must See
Convento de San Pablo
The Convent of San Pablo is linked to the Dominicans, or the Order of Preachers. The building was built in the 14th century and was consecrated in 1534. In 1835, the convent was destroyed but reconstructed soon after.
The Palencia Cathedral is a Gothic building that was built between 1172 and 1504. The cathedral is one of the largest in Europe! It features a simple exterior, and holds over 20 chapels inside! Visiting the interior requires a ticket and guided tours are available.
Museum of Palencia
The Palencia Museum is tucked into a small corner of Palencia. It opened in 1997 and is accessible to the public 5 days a week. The museum holds a range of archaeological artifacts from the prehistoric, Roman and Medieval times. The building that houses the museum was once a Noble House.
Iglesia de San Miguel
The Church of San Miguel is a Romanesque and Gothic style building built between the 11th and 13th centuries. The church has a unique tower that was restored after damage caused by the Lisbon earthquake in 1755. In 1931, this church was declared a National Monument. Entry to the interior is free, however it is closed in the afternoon.
Palacio de la Diputación de Palencia
The Palace of Provincial Government is a modernist early 20th century building. The palace resembles Monterrey Palace in Salamanca. The central facade of the building features perfectly carved stone, surrounded by rich, red walls. The building is the main headquarters of the Provincial Council of Palencia.
Iglesia de San Lazaro
This small church was built in the 16th century and displays a Gothic architectural style. However, in the 1950s, a fire destroyed the central part of the building and during the reconstruction, its Gothic style was changed slightly. The Plateresque Major Altarpeice inside the church is the main feature, displaying many beautiful paintings adorned with gold.
Cristo del Otero
The Christ of Knoll is a large monument to Christ located just outside of the city. Built in 1931, it is one of the tallest statues of Christ in the world, standing 20 meters high.
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