Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion, Valladolid

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Begun in the beginning of the 16th Century, Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion, was originally planned to be one of the largest cathedrals in Spain. At the time, Valladolid was the de facto capital of the nation, but with the subsequent move of the capital to Madrid, funding was lost and construction temporarily halted. From outside, note the mixture of styles; the lower part of the facade is part of the original plan of Juan de Herrera, while the more decorative upper part was constructed in the 18th century by Alberto Churriguera in the style of El Escorial. Inside, check out the scale model of what had been the original plan for the cathedral, trace your way through the stone labyrinth laid in the floor, or wander though the three naves to the four side chapels. Though much of the art it used to contain has been lost or sold, visit the next-door Diocesan Museum to see many important religious artworks. The cathedral also holds an impressive musical archive and is home to the Cathedral Museum. Entrance is free, but opening hours are limited, so be sure to check ahead of time. To visit Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion and get the most from your holiday in Valladolid, create itinerary details personal to you using our Valladolid holiday maker tool .
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  • We stop to visit the historical centre and also the Cathedral and we were greatly surprised of all the architectural and historical value that has this Castilian city. No doubt a big city where Miss a day!
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  • It is not of the cathedrals that have drawn more attention. I recommend visiting it during mass to avoid having to pay.
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  • Julian was destined to have the Renaissance Cathedral of Spain, ambitious project that Felipe II embarked to give city category and request papal permission to start its construction, whose design went to Juan de Herrera (which at the time worked in el Escorial) and the direction of Diego de Práve works. However, the death of Felipe II and the economic debacle of the 17TH century did halt the works, having completed only 40% of the original Herrera project and in successive attempts to continue it his design was altered. What remains now allows us to get an idea of the impressive thing which would have been able to become. The Cathedral also houses an interesting Museum of sacred art which includes outstanding works by Gregorio Fernández (its magnificent Ecce Homo, a realism that hurts just see it), Alejo de Bahía, Juan de Juni, Juan Picardo and master of Portillo, among others.
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