It is one of the largest castles of Castile. It was used as a fortress and in its time was a strategic military center. The artistic style of the fortress is Gothic. The fortress is known for its great keep, the chapel, the hall of honor, the lookout point, or the Queen's hairdresser. Access is to the main entrance; these are areas that you cannot miss.
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.
This sixteenth-century Renaissance palace is currently the Secondary School Gómez Pereira, but its architecture has earned it the rating of historical artistic monument. It was built as a residence for Diego Beltran (Indian counselor), and designed by Luis de Vega, who was the architect of Carlos I.
Its facade is brick, in which the tower and stone cover are particularly outstanding, and above which the imposing heraldic shield of the House of Dueñas is displayed. The palace has a square floorplan, and although I could not see inside, they say that it has a beautiful coffered ceiling and a cloister, considered the jewel of the building for its stonework in its multiple arcs of the two floors. Right next to this palace is the Convent of the Carmelitas Descalzos, and opposite, the Convent of St. Mary Magdalene of the Augustinian MM.
In addition to the important historical content of this square in which you'll never get tired of discovering incredible monuments, you'll find an inexhaustible supply of leisure. There are a good number of cafes, pastry shops, tapas and wine bars and all kinds of shops. Children can run, ride a bike, and skate safely.
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.
This palatial mansion is located in the historical center, on Calle Almirante. Although it was built in the sixteenth century, it later became the property of the Mier family, hence the name by which it is known.
It has now been restored for private homes, which are arranged around a central courtyard with arcades, I found it to be a very quiet place with pleasant surroundings. You can access the patio by going through the monumental portico of the Palace of the Admiral.
The Olympia Theatre is located at the beginning of Calle Cuenca, across from the gardens of the Paseo de Versailles. Now it is closed, because the City Council has spent several years trying to get funding for its comprehensive rehabilitation. It has a capacity for five hundred spectators, which will soon be expanded to 900, in addition to the stage for cultural performances of all kinds. They will screen films and there will be rooms for seminars, workshops, etc..
This sculpture is located in the Plaza Mayor, across from the Casa del Peso, and is one of the many monuments in Medina del Campo that are dedicated to Queen Isabella. On a granite pedestal stands the statue, made of bronze, of the Queen of Castile. This statue was made by the Mexican artist Carlos Terres, on the occasion of the fifth Centennial of the death of Queen Isabella.
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
Given the importance of Easter in Medina del Campo, which has been declared of National Tourist Interest for having the oldest processions in Spain, in 2005 the city erected a modern monument dedicated to religious festivity. It is located in the Plaza del Pan (where the old church dedicated to the Brotherhood of the Vera Cruz was found), and was made by the artist Francisco Javier Galan.
It seemed to me to be a curious monument, since the brothers are represented by a bronze pyramid in which one inserts a lantern, which is then illuminated at night. These representations are situated above a kind of fountain-pond.
This Renaissance palace is one of the most remarkable buildings of Medina and has been declared a historical monument. It was built of brick, limestone and granite in the sixteenth century by order of Philip II, and was designed by Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón.
The façade of brick arches stands out from the building, above pillars of ashlar limestone; it has three entryways made of stone, on which you can see the royal shields and arms of Philip II. The interior is rectangular and is divided into three naves, designed lengthwise, separated by two rows of eight Tuscan columns that support semicircular arches. Nowadays it houses the food market. It is open from nine to three in the afternoon every day except Thursday.
At one end of the Plaza Mayor, across from the church of San Antolin, is this monument, which was erected in memory of the famous fairs that were held in Medina during the Middle Ages.
The memorial is very simple (a slab of stone on which are erected two pillars of granite, surrounded by thick iron chains), but there is a curious meaning behind it: it was the place intended for the bankers and money changers of the area to gather in order to avoid being hit by the transit of carriages and horses.
This building is located across from the Queen Isabella Memorial and was built in the seventeenth century using brick. It is two stories high, highlighting the balconies of the second floor and the arcades on the ground floor. Now the ground floor is occupied by a restaurant which has placed its terrace under the arcades.
However, the building's importance comes not from its architecture but from its history: in it was found the "actual weight" or "official weight", which guaranteed that the measurements and weights were correct, which is important for traders and merchants of the fairs that were held in the Plaza Mayor.
Medina del Campo has always been famous for its markets and fairs, which are held in the most important square in the city, Plaza Mayor. These markets and fairs have been going on since the fifteenth century and continue to attract many tourists.
One of the other things to see in Medina del Campo is the Museum of the Fairs, which is unique to this genre in Spain. In the Plaza Mayor there are also other things to visit such as town hall, the Collegiate Church of San Antolin, and the Royal Palace. The Collegiate Church of San Antolin is one of the places to visit in Medina del Campo. It was designed by Juan Gil de Hontañón in the sixteenth century and is the flag of the Catholic monarchs.
The Castle of La Mota, which is one of the main attractions in Medina del Campo, was declared a site of cultural Interest in 1904 and was founded in the seventh century.
There are many other things to do in Medina del Campo besides visiting all the interesting historical buildings, such as horseback riding or motor circuits.
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