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Dome of the douro

From north to south, the tour called "Domes Douro" begins in the beautiful city of Toro, then you go to Zamora, which is also worthy of a visit, then you get to Salamanca, which really is a gem, and finally, perhaps the most humble of all the stops on the journey, but no less important, is the city of Plasencia. Along with Salamanca, it has 2 cathedrals and a beautiful dome called Torre del Melon. It's a cultural and gastronomic tour that's worth a try.
Charo Parras
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At only 33 miles from zamora, located...

At only 33 miles from Zamora, located in a watchtower, the plateau rises above the small town of Toro. At his feet, the Douro gives life to a fertile plain with outstanding excellent garden products and of course, magnificent vineyards producing Tinta de Toro a noble grape that yields the wine increasingly appreciated designation of origin of Toro. The passage of time and the weight of history has left the city with a vast cultural and artistic heritage that offers visitors since this sets foot in the city and so to the entrance of it, under the arch of Santa Catalina, We are a small sample of the treasures Toro, is a stone boar vacceos attributed to, people who inhabited these latitudes in pre-Roman times. We get lost in the streets of the city and watched old palaces adorned with coats of arms of noble origin who speak of their residents, Romanesque churches clearly influenced by Moorish, monasteries, remains of ancient defenses tea, stone buildings and stone in the pavement . Stunned by so much art and continued on our way we stopped at a point spur ride from where we have a magnificent view of the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Maggiore. This collegiate Romanesque (twelfth century) and Gothic evolution, debtor in its traces of the Cathedral of Zamora, is part of the group called "domes del Duero" to which also belong Zamora Cathedral, the Old Cathedral of Salamanca and the Cathedral of Plasencia. But undoubtedly, the jewel of the collegiate is its western portal or "Home of the Majesty" Gothic (thirteenth century) and is accessed from inside the temple since the set is protected from the weather in order to preserve the colors of the carvings. The wealth of polychrome originates must be put on the debit of master painter Domingo Perez and was discovered during a routine restoration work. We can spend hours contemplating this wonder, if you pass by Toro, please do not miss it.

A tan sólo 33 kilómetros de Zamora, ubicada en una atalaya, se eleva sobre la meseta la pequeña localidad de Toro. A sus pies, el Duero da vida a una fértil vega en la que destacan unos excelentes productos de huerta y como no, unos magníficos viñedos que producen la variedad Tinta de Toro, una uva noble de la cual se obtiene el cada vez más apreciado vino con denominación de origen de Toro.

El paso del tiempo y el peso de la historia han legado a la ciudad un vasto patrimonio artístico y cultural que se ofrece al visitante desde que este pone pie en la ciudad y así a la entrada de la misma, bajo el arco de Santa Catalina, nos encontramos una pequeña muestra de los tesoros que esconde Toro, se trata de un verraco de piedra atribuido a los vacceos, pueblo que habitaba estas latitudes en época prerromana.

Nos perdemos por las calles de la ciudad y contemplamos viejos palacios engalanados con escudos heráldicos que hablan del origen noble de sus moradores, iglesias románicas de clara influencia mudéjar, monasterios, restos de paños de antiguas defensas, piedra en los edificios y piedra en el pavimento.

Aturdidos ante tanto arte continuamos nuestro camino y nos paramos en un punto del Paseo del Espolón desde el cual tenemos una magnífica vista de la Colegiata de Santa María la Mayor.
Esta colegiata, de origen románico (siglo XII) y evolución gótica, deudora en sus trazas de la catedral de Zamora, se enmarca dentro del llamado Grupo de “Cimborrios del Duero” al que pertenecen también la Catedral de Zamora, la Catedral Vieja de Salamanca y la Catedral de Plasencia.

Pero sin duda, la joya de la colegiata es su portada occidental o “Portada de la Majestad” de estilo gótico (s. XIII) y a cual se accede desde el interior del templo ya que el conjunto está protegido de la intemperie con objeto de preservar la policromía de las tallas.

La riqueza de la policromía origina hay que ponerla en el débito del maestro pintor Domingo Pérez y fue descubierta durante unos trabajos de restauración rutinarios.

Nos podemos pasar horas contemplando esta maravilla, si pasáis por Toro, por favor, no os la perdáis.
Alfonso Navarro Táppero
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