Another event that marks life in Valladolid and awakes the passions of its inhabitants is Easter. Its processions, declared of International Tourist Interest, are real parades of works of religious art.
Valladolid began to become important from the 11th century, when Count Ansúrez came to govern the city in the name of Alfonso VI. It reached its peak during the reign of the Catholic Monarchs (15th C.), when the university became one of the most important in the country. And, as well as playing a leading role in key episodes in Spanish history, Valladolid has twice been the capital, firstly with Carlos I (16th C.) and later when Felipe III came to the throne (17th C.).
The capital of Castella-León preserves an important heritage of monuments in its old quarter, especially aristocratic houses and religious buildings. Outstanding among them is the unfinished Cathedral. The architect Juan de Herrera was commissioned by King Felipe II to design the original Cathedral. The architect Juan de Herrera was commissioned by King Felipe II to design the original scheme in the 16th century. The death of both left the church unfinished and its central body was not opened until 1668. Years later, in 1730, Master Churriguera finished the work on the main front. Inside the cathedral, the great chapel houses a magnificent reredos made by Juan de Juni in 1562. From the complex you can get into the Diocesan Museum, in which the outstanding 1562. From the complex you can get into the Diocesan Museum, in which the outstanding features are various carvings attributed to Gregorio Fernández and to Juni himself, as well as a silver monstrance by Juan de Arfe.
Other interesting churches are the Gothic church of Santiago, with an important reredos depicting the Adoration of the Magi created by Berruguete in 1537 and the church of Santa María la the Adoration of the Magi, created by Berruguete in 1537, and the church of Santa María la Antigua, with its unusual pyramid-shaped Romanesque tower.

The 16th-century Plaza Mayor, presided over by a statue of Count Ansúrez, is right in the heart of the city. On one side of it stands the City Hall, a building from the beginning of the century crowned by the clock tower. In the nearby streets are many large houses and palaces. The Palace of Los Pimentel, today the seat of the Provincial Council, is one of the most important, as King Philip II was born in it on 21 May 1527. The 16th-century Palace of the Marquises of Valverde, and that of the banker Fabio Nelli -a building with a Classicist stamp built in 1576 -should also be pointed out. The Museum of Valladolid occupies this complex, exhibiting a collection of furniture, sculptures, paintings and ceramic pieces.
The University, whose Baroque façade is decorated with various academic symbols, and the Santa Cruz College, which as well as housing a valuable library forms one of the first examples of the Spanish Renaissance, say much about the cultural importance of Valladolid.

The city preserves houses where great historical characters once lived, like the Casa de Cervantes, where the author of Quijote lived with his family between 1603 and 1606. As a curiosity, it was in this house where the writer gave his masterpiece the finishing touches A visit to the house- this house where the writer gave his masterpiece the finishing touches. A visit to the house-museum enables you to get to know the way of life of a noble family in the 17th century through possessions and furniture from the time. You can also visit the Christopher Columbus House-Museum, where the navigator spend the last years of his life. Nowadays the palace exhibits various pieces and documents related to the discovery of America.
From nineteenth century Valladolid the house where one of the provincial capital's most illustrious From nineteenth century Valladolid, the house where one of the provincial capital's most illustrious characters - José Zorrilla - was born is preserved. The house, which is open to the public, brings together various personal possessions, furniture and documents that belonged to the Romantic writer.
As a city that has experienced notable urban growth in the last few decades, Valladolid offers a wide range of leisure and cultural opportunities: cinemas, theatres and museums, like the National Sculpture Museum, at its site in San Gregorio College. This splendid Flemish Gothic style building - one of the most outstanding buildings in the provincial capital - is important for its exhibition of polychrome carvings made by artists like Alonso Berruguete or Gregorio Fernández. The Museum of Contemporary Spanish Art, located in the Herreriano Courtyard, one of the cloisters of the former Monastery of San Benito, preserves more than 800 paintings and sculptures from the 20th century.


Valladolid's province is revealed through different tours like those along the Red Wine Route and the Knight's Route, which lead to the "Alma de Castilla" and the "Tierra de Campos". The first of these routes leads to the wine-growing country of Quintanilla de Onésimo, Vega Sicilia, Pesquera de Duero and Pe?afiel. Here you can visit the castle and Wine Museum as well as interesting cellars.
The Knight's Route unfolds to the south of the provincial capital and here you can get to know the cellars of Boecillo, the Mudejar architecture of Mojados and Olmedo and the medieval wealth of Iscar and Portillo. Historic towns like Simancas, where the General Archive of the Kingdom can be found; Tordesillas, of great historical and artistic importance; and Medina del Campo, famous for its markets, fairs and spa, lie in the so-called “Soul of Castile”. Meanwhile, the Tierra de Campos brings you to medieval towns like Medina de Rioseco and beautiful examples of popular Vallodolid architecture like Villalón de los Campos or Castromonte, known for its medicinal water.
To tour this whole area you can stay in the excellent facilities of the Parador de Turismo at Tordesillas. It is also a good place for trying Valladolid cuisine, where the roast lamb and suckling pig are famous. Castilian soup (made with bread, garlic and ham), cod with garlic and game dishes are also famous. To accompany these recipes there is nothing better than the wines with Denomination of Origin from the province: Ribera del Duero, Cigales, Rueda and Toro.

Patio Herreriano. Museum of Contemporary Spanish Art.

The Herrerian Patio contains a collection of contemporary Spanish art from 1918 to the present day. Its main functions are to show and study contemporary art through specific projects and temporary exhibition programmes, and to become a reference point and exceptional tool for the study and diffusion of a given area of art at international level.

The museum is located in one of the cloisters of the monastery of San Benito, a work by Juan de Ribero Rada and built during the Renaissance. The architects of the museum have refurbished it to perfection, equipping the building with features that furnish the enclosure with austerity and clarity compatible with its necessary functionality.

So far, the collection of contemporary art has brought together 851 sculptures, painting and works on paper, showing most of Spain’s artists from the 20th and 21st centuries, in particular, the Ángel Ferrant collection, comprising sculptures, drawings and the documentary archive of this important artist from the first half of last century. The collection has fulfilled its role of the diffusion of art with over 900 loans to around 150 institutions and museums all over the world, and it has held 22 exhibitions of its own collections both in and beyond Spain’s borders, thus fulfilling one of its main objectives: to place the collection at the service of society.

Science Museum

The Science Museum of Valladolid is located between the right bank of the River Pisuerga and Avda. de Salamanca. It was the result of a municipal initiative and designed by architects of international prestige such as Rafael Moneo and Enrique de Teresa, with the collaboration of Francisco Romero and Juan José Echevarria. Its express purpose is for visitors to enjoy the exciting world of science.

The museum’s exhibits include the planetarium, which has a dome with a diameter of eleven metres and is one of the largest and most modern installations in the world thanks to its projection system.

The museum contains the following:
Basement: forces that have taken into account.
Ground floor: The neuron.
Interactive pyramid, Alpha project.
Televisual observatory of the river islands.
Interactive library.
First floor: Brain room.
Second floor: Space 41? 4?.
Cartography and virtual journey around the region.
Temporary exhibitions room: Please consult the museum.
Children’s room: The river of science (area for the younger members of the family – up to 7 years of age).





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