For me it is a real gem in Tierra de Campos. Experts call it the "beautiful stranger". Most Spaniards don't know about it and when they discover its cathedral they are amazed. Among its many curiosities: El Greco's "Saint Sebastian", the curious gargoyles and finally on the side of the main altar the size of wooden statue of Doña Jimena. Legend has it that if you pull the ponytail you can make a wish which will come true. It was declared a Historic Artistic Monument.
It’s the second highest statue of Jesus Christ in the world, after Cristo de Ipanema in Brasil. It’s one of the statues that I liked best in Palencia. It’s a symbol of the city, as it works like a compass or guide when you return from any trip outside the city. It’s the first thing you seen when heading towards Palencia.
The statue was built by Victorio Macho in 1931 and stands 20 meters tall.
At the feet of Christ the Saint Mary of Otero chapel is found. The entire complex including the statue and the Otero hill is 850 meters high.
Easter in Palencia, has a special character and atomosphere, for its seriousness and concentration. The good thing is that there areb't huge masses, this is a luxury and a wonderful experience. It has nothing to envy of other cities with more popularity.
This is one of the oldest monuments in the city of Palencia that dates far back to the XIII century and was one of the most important, because it housed the monarchs and held it Cuts or Councils. The Convent of San Francisco was founded in 1219 by Franciscan monks, and the Cloister of the Convent is all that remains now a days. Today it has been refurbished and there is an access which is wonderful as it is only 10 meters from the Plaza Mayor of Palencia.
This is perhaps the second most important church in the city of Palencia second only to the cathedral, as here is where the patron saint of the city was kept who is none other than the Virgin de la Calle whose feast is celebrated on February 2. It is also worth a visit as it is located in the center which is only some steps from the Main High Street.
Calle Mayor is the main road in Palencia and is therefore the busiest. It measures approximately 1 km in length between the Plaza de León and Isabel II Hall Park. It is pedestrianised and hosts the major retailers and financial institutions of the city, plus some historic buildings such as the Casa del Junco, the College Villandrando , the Post Office building, Casino, or the Augustinian convent. One side of the street is made up of frame buildings. Along the walk you will also find some urban sculptures, such as "la Gorda", the "rope girl", or "chestnut".
This sculpture is located in the back of the City Hall and the Plaza Mayor, in a pedestrian street in front of the Church of the Soledad. Like other city urban sculptures, this sculpture is made of bronze, and it has been placed on a stone base. It is one of the most emblematic sculptures in Palencia, because it was made by the sculptor and painter Victorio Macho Palencia. It depicts a woman in a graceful position looking to the side In her left hand she is holding a pitcher of water, while her right hand is resting on her hip.
As usual, the Town Hall is located in the historic center of the city, the Plaza Mayor. It is a neoclassical building built in stone that dates back to the nineteenth century. It has two floors and it's facade is symmetrical with two bodies joined together by a central body which is then topped with a pediment on which there stands the presidential balcony and also the clock. The access is through a portico steps, in the hall where there is the "Big Picture", a painting by German Calvo which represents the history of the city.
This is one of the most important museums of the city of Palencia and it houses the most important exhibitions of the area. At the front door there are two shields and lace as rectangular frame placed which is remenicent of the Franciscan style, which is the name given to the museum. It is located in the heart of the city just a few meters from the Cathedral of Palencia, "The Unknown Beauty". I recommend taking time to visit this place.
The Casino is a landmark of the city, and it is located in the downtown area which is on Main Street. I do not know if it really works as casino, but from what I saw there is the cafe next to the entrance, via the staircase. It is a two-storey building, which after being used as municipal offices, was refurbished in the early twentieth century by James Romero to house the headquarters of the Society of the Casino de Palencia. The ground floor has a porch with a mural by Rafael Oliva. I recommend going is you happen to be in the area and can spare time.
This urban sculpture is in the Calle Mayor, the most central street in Palencia. It is pedestrianised and where the main shops in the city are found. It was made by Indalecio Lopez in 1998, and is a monument dedicated to women. It consists of a large granite pedestal circular (which acts as a bank), on which stands a statue depicting a woman of enormous proportions, obese, popularly nicknamed as "la Gorda" (the fat one). The figure is somewhat grey (I guess that is the stone). It is a little deformed and has circular shapes and features which aren't excessively marked on the crossed arms of the sculpture.
Abilio Calderon was not the uncle of Ramón Calderón, he was his great-great uncle. He was his great-grandfather and Abilio was his brother! They are therefore distant relative. Maybe I should have debunked this before, newspapers do not always reflect reality.
This place recently offers Internet access. A sign that new technologies can coexist with the traditional market. It is a system that limits speed, time and content, but that gives the Market Square a new channel of communication with its customers, thanks to the home page.
The Castanyera is another urban sculpture that can be seen in the Calle Mayor in Palencia. It was made for ONCE by Daniel Calvo Pérez (blind sculptor Palencia), and donated to the City in 1999. It is a sculpture in bronze that has been placed on a stone pedestal. The image is of an old woman with chestnut coat and headscarf, who is seated on a stool, hunched in front of a stove and she is roasting chestnuts, next to it there is a sack filled with them.
A year and during the celebration in honor of San Antolin, patron of the city, marks the traditional parade of rocks, which runs along the High Street, providing colorful distractions to Palencia residents and visitors. You can see the outdoor exhibition, ExpoAire 2010, the Booths 2010, or the Craft Fair, and the monument Tribute to Bullfighting.
Have you decided to visit Palencia? Great! The city has so much to offer travelers. Of all the things to do in Palencia, like most Castilian cities, its great historic, artistic and cultural heritage are the best attractions. If there is one place where you should start a tour in Palencia, it's City Hall Plaza. Follow Calle Mayor, the main street of the city and the commercial, administrative, and cultural heart of the city. On this street and in its vicinity are the main buildings and places to visit in Palencia. The Cathedral of San Antolín is one of the main Palencia attractions where you'll learn about its history and legacy. It happens to be the city's main monument and was built in Gothic style.
Among the other buildings and things to see in Palencia, there's the Church of San Miguel, San Francisco Church, and the Convent of San Pablo. There are other places to visit as well, such as the statue of the Christ of Otero, sculpted by Victorio Macho, at whose feet the sculptor is buried. Erected in 1931 on one of the hills surrounding the city and is 30 meters tall. There are many galleries and artistic attractions in Palencia. The city is also home to the Provincial Archaeological Museum, the Contemporary Art Museum, and the Cathedral Museum, among others. After a long day of sightseeing there's still more stuff to do in Palencia! Get to know the city's nightlife by visiting its bars and restaurants. Palencia's cuisine is authentic and home-made. Roast lamb, garlic soup, and Castilian soup are the most typical dishes. Among the many Palencia activities to do today, you can't miss trying some of these dishes.
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