8 must-see places in Zamora

In Castilla y León and very close to the border with Portugal (only 55 kilometers), Zamora is a city with a vast history and countless attractions and monuments of interest. Would you like to meet her? Then read on, we will tour the city to show you its points of greatest interest.

What to see in Zamora

"The well fenced" (by the walls and the Duero River) has an impressive historical center. Thus It is considered the city with more Romanesque temples in Europe. Its Romanesque heritage consists of the cathedral, 23 churches, 2 palaces, 9 houses, a bridge, the castle and the wall. In your tour of Zamora do not forget to visit:

1. Zamora Cathedral

Zamora Cathedral - emei

It is located in the southwestern part and, although it is Romanesque, it has Byzantine elements (such as the dome, which served as inspiration for other temples, such as the old cathedral of Salamanca). It was built in the 12th century, has a Latin cross plan and a Gothic head. They emphasize the choir, built in 1512, and the Cathedral Museum, with its collection of Franco-Flemish tapestries from the 15th to the 17th centuries.

2. Zamora Castle

Castillo - Josep Curto

From the cathedral, take Alcañices street to reach this fortification, from which its origins are still unknown. It is believed that it was ordered to be built by Alfonso II of Asturias, but other versions indicate that the person in charge of the project was Fernando I de León.

The perimeter of the castle surrounded by a moat is preserved, a courtyard, walls and a tower. In the surroundings is the Castle Park, which contains a viewpoint to enjoy wonderful views.

3. Church of San Isidoro

Church of San Isidoro - holbox

Take the road to the castle and once in the cathedral take Postigo Street. On the left you will see the church of San Isidoro, founded in the twelfth century by the sister of Alfonso VII, Sancha, inside the walled enclosure. The level of conservation of this temple is striking.

4. Portillo of Loyalty

This is the access to the first walled enclosure of the city, between the church of San Isidoro and the cathedral. Although it does not stand out for its architecture (it is a narrow stone door), it is the link between two parts of Zamora. It is surrounded by vegetation.

5. Church of San Pedro and San Ildefonso

Church of San Pedro and San Ildefonso - KarSol

Returning to the beginning of Postigo Street you will find the Rúa de los Notarios. Follow it to a small square where it forks and turns right to reach this temple, where San Ildefonso and San Atilano are buried. Its construction dates back to the 11th century, but it was reformed several times. Therefore, from its Romanesque past, only the south wall, the north cover and some other elements remain.

6. Traffic Convent

Right in front of the church stands the convent of Corpus Christi (better known as the Transit) belonging to the order of the Barefoot Poor Clares and built in the 16th century. Previously it belonged to Don Juan de Carbajal and Ana de Osorio. The woman ordered in the will to donate the entire estate to found the monastery of Santa Clara. The two-story cloister is its most prominent element.

7. Church of the Magdalena

Magdalena Church - KarSol

Turn left, cross the arch and you will reach a square. Take the Rúa de los Francos (of medieval origin) and you will run into the beautiful facade of this church, whose construction was carried out between the twelfth and thirteenth centuries based on two styles: Romanesque and Gothic. It has a single nave and a rectangular floor plan.

8. Palace of the Cordon

To get to this part of the city you should know that there are very steep slopes. If you dare to walk them, the reward will be great. In addition to the palace, of the fifteenth century and with a facade where you can see a Franciscan cord carved in stone, You will be able to know the churches of Santa Lucía and San Cipriano.

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- Emile Zola -

Zamora has many other attractions. From the palace of the Counts of Alba and Aliste to the Hospital de la Encarnación, the Ethnographic Museum of Castilla y León, the church of Santa María la Nueva or the town halls, not forgetting fantastic examples of modernist architecture.

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