ST. Paul's Church was built by drawing from the remnants of the old palace of Alfonso X the Wise. The Prince D. Juan Manuel constructed the current convent in the style of Gothic-Mudejar in the year 1324. In the XVI century, the great-grandson of the Prince built on Plateresque Family of Manuel Funeral Chapel. Its main emphasize is the great Gothic-Mudejar apse.
For me, this is the most beautiful church in the city of Valladolid, capital of the autonomous community of Castilla y Leon. It is a Gothic church dating from the fourteenth century, with a beautiful Romanesque tower surmounted by a pyramidal spire. Outwardly speaking, a Gothic style prevails. The altarpiece of the church of Santa María la Antigua, was made by Juan de Juni, but today is kept in the Chapel of the Cathedral of Valladolid. Worship Hours: Monday to Saturday at 9:00, 9:30 and 19:15 h. Sundays at 10:15, 11:15 and 19:15 h. Price: Free admission.
I deviated from my route on my way back home and stopped by the Church of San Benito, near the main square of Valladolid, where coincidentally a procession was also taking place. It's a beautiful church to visit, along with the surrounding buildings, a market and an exhibition hall (usually showing photography exhibitions).
This small chapel is located in front of the rear façade of the Municipal Auditorium. It belonged to the former convent of Santa Ana, but it is now part of the Colegio de los Carmelitas Descalzos. It has a brick facade, which is bare and without any decoration. It has a rectangular nave and is dedicated to the Virgen del Carmen, San Juan de la Cruz and Santa Ana, whose carvings are found inside the chapel. As a curiosity, in the chapel of Santo Cristo (which is found in the same place), San Juan de la Cruz held his first Mass in August of 1568.
The imposing building which nowadays occupies center stage in the Plaza Mayor is the successor of a primitive church whose foundation we relate with the arrival of a community of settlers from Palencia, protected by their patron saint San Antolin, in the second half of the twelfth century.
The altarpiece is undoubtedly the most important artistic work out of the few that can be found in the temple. Most of it was done at the expense of the assets of the foundation that was made by Catherine of Sedeño, by her will on January 7, 1539. Currently, the temple is going through rough times, with humidity affecting every corner and many holed canvases. It's a real shame for a continent filled with such great artwork.
As you can see in the photos, the Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz is not your typical church: the facade is a giant arch symbolizes the Order of the Capuchin Monks. The church is located in Plaza de España in Valladolid and it's popular among visitors who are struck by the giant arch and need to satisfy their curiosity. On the inside, there's a beautiful glass cross on the roof where the light filters in and, of course, the Cristo de Media, a famous statue of Jesus that's carried through the town during Semana Santa. Aside from being a popular place for visitors, it's also a nice place to meditate or simply have a moment of peace and quiet.
St. Peter's Church is a fairly large church that occupies the entire block between San Pedro Street and Plaza Rome, strangely you can go from side to side as you cross the half stone archway that's attached to the tower, on the side of the church. The church is Gothic style built in the 16th century, and it's made of stone and brick. Its interior has 3 naves that are separated by pillars and arches, and a choir loft at the bottom where there's a magnificent organ. The church's tower really stands out. It consists of a two floor steeple bell that decreases in height, and it's made of brick with slate spiers. You can visit the inside during services, but theoretically there's a Mass every day at 7 p.m., and at that time it's completely closed.
This is the largest and most important church to be found in Tordesillas, and it has been declared to be a monument of Cultural Interest. It was built in the 16th Century out of stone, but was renovated in the 17th Century in the Herrera classical style, inspired by the monastery of El Escorial, Madrid. It has a single nave with four bays with chapels in between the buttresses. On the exterior, the most notable thing is its solid stone tower, which has a Gothic style, formed by three bodies (it is the highest in the village), and topped with a spire, which houses the town clock. In its interior, there are furnishings of the sacristy, the Baroque choir stalls, organ Baroque altarpiece and the image of the Assumption of Alonso de Rozas. Mass Schedule:-Monday to Friday-Saturday 19:30 to 19h. -Sunday at 11 and 24:30.
Among the gardens of Puerta de la Villa and the former convent of San Francisco is where you'll find the ruins of the Church of Santiago. The truth is that I was sorry to see them in such a neglected state, with some graffiti on the walls, and the broken glass, bottles, plastic bags, etc. The church is made out of brick and stone and is believed to have been built in medieval times, although it was reformed in the 16th century. Only a few of its walls remain, and one of the entrances and a piece of the arches that supported the nave are still there, also.
This convent is located right next to another convent (that of St. Mary Magdalene), and an important Renaissance civil building, which has now been converted into an Institute: The Palace of Dueñas.
It is a convent belonging to the order of the Carmelitas Descalzos of St. Joseph, founded in the sixteenth century, and as such, it cannot be visited. Actually, the facade is so austere that, if not for the sign next to the door, one would pass by it, leaving it completely unnoticed. Just around the corner is the church of Santiago el Real.
This lovely chapel is 4 Km from Medina by the Ctra a Velascálvaro, in the gardens of the Hotel Balneario Palacio de las Salinas. It is in the same place in the 19th century where there stood another chapel that worshiped Nuestra Señora de Las Salinas, whom miracles were attributed to, even though they were the mineral water spa. In the year 2001 it was refurnished by FCG artist commissioned by Unesco. It was intended that within its walls should demonstrate the spirit of the Millennium Summit by the UN in the year 2000. The chapel holds its structure, with one nave with rectangular windows and stained glass, and the access door is a work of avant-garde art and the pavement outside, with colorful mosaics of strange shapes. I could not see the inside, but it has 490 m2 of wall paintings, all allegorical. On the right wall are the values that prevail in the 3rd millennium and left the mistakes of humanity in the past. The altar is presided over by a crucifix seven meters high by five wide. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10.30-13.30-16-19h Sundays: 2:30 p.m. 11