Finca Santa Eufemia
This accommodation located in Olmos de Ojeda is one of the best Roman resources of the province of Palencia. The Finca Santa Eufemia offers accommodation with access to the garden, Wi-Fi and private parking free of charge. The accommodations have fully equipped kitchens including dishwasher and oven. Take the opportunity to visit the Church of Santa Eufemia located on the same farm.
First, it is the capital of the province, located to its south. Palencia also is a city that welcomes the visitor, who will be pleasantly surprised. In addition, the Cristo del Otero and the Cathedral of Palencia await you. La Bella desconocida is perhaps one of the most beautiful cathedral in Spain. It has spectacular interior dimensions and fantastic gargoyles with the “photographer” at the head. It is possibly the visited place in palencia, especially for the curiosities that it keeps inside. The Cathedral has a guided tour at 12.30 from Monday to Saturday from 5 visitors. However, you can also visit it freely and audioguides are available. We recommend booking in advance.
Cathedral of Palencia, also called Cathedral of San Antolin has an interior of great beauty contrasting with the sobriety of its exterior.
The Gothic style Temple
The Gothic style Temple has a Latin cross plan with three naves and two cruisers. The primitive part corresponds to the Crypt with a barrel vault reinforced with transverse arches. This edifice was made in two periods, one Visigoth and the other Romanesque. Sculptures of Felipe Bigarny and paintings of Juan de Flandes surround its altarpiece of great proportions and of Renaissance style in the Main Chapel.
It houses other important artistic pieces such as a painting of San Sebastian by El Greco or a curious anamorphic portrait of Emperor Charles V of Cranach. The most important points of the visit are the Papamoscas, a curious automaton. It is connected to the bells of the temple which allows us to keep track of time inside the Cathedral.
Cathedral of Palencia Visiting hours: Froñ the 1st of May to the 31 of Octobre 2018
Monday to Friday from 10am to 1pm, from 4pm to 6 pm and from 6.35pm to 7.30pm.
Saturday from 10am to 1.30pm, from 4pm to 5.3pm and from 6.45pm to 7.30pm.
Sunday and holidays from 4.30pm to 8pm.
The Triforium is currently the most important element of the guided tours. It is a narrow passageway in the shape of a cross on a higher floor of the Cathedral of Palencia. It was never designed for this purpose but it is of great interest and admiration for the visitor.
Looking up, you will appreciate the dimensions and structure of this level of the Cathedral. From another point of view you can see the Stained Glass, the Nerves and the Vaults.
The Tower is fifty meters of height. The Crypt is the oldest point of the Cathedral of Palencia. Located in the most underground point of the whole building, it is a Visigothic remnant of the second half of the 7th century.
Originally the Cathedral had two other plants as well. Only what we can observe today remains, and it is only partial. On the day of the city’s patron saint, San Antolín, September 2, the tradition is to drink the fountain’s water.
The cathedral comprises some work of El Greco with the Martyrdom of San Sebastian and several other renowned artistic works. The Main Altarpiece stands out as the largest Renaissance altarpiece in all of Castile and León. The Cathedral underwent several changes and additions throughout history by artists of importance. Among them are the sculptor Felipe Bigarny, the painter Juan de Flandes, the sculptor Juan de Valmaseda. Also the sculptor Barroco Castellano Gregorio Fernández, the sculptors Alejo de Vahia and Juan de Tejerina.
The Chapel of the Magi: Chapel of the 14th century located at the head of the Cathedral of Palencia. It was made by the brothers Juan and Jerónimo Corral de Villalpando.
The Chapel of the Tabernacle is often considered the best work of the Cathedral of Palencia. It has a large Renaissance altarpiece made by Juan Ortiz El Viejo and Juan de Valmaseda. At the center of the Chapel of the Tabernacle, The Gothic Virgin dates of the year 1300. Looking straight to the Virgin, you will have on your left and in a high place the sarcophagus of Urraca. She was Queen of Navarre, daughter of the Emperor Alfonso VII and wife of King Navarro Garcia Ramirez. The Cathedral Museum is located in the anteroom. The Chapter Room in the northwest corner of the Cloister that houses the diptych work The Passion of Pedro Berruguete.
It also has a wonderful bas-relief by Felipe Bigarny and a triple sculpture of the one settled in Becerril de Campos, by Alejo de Vahia.
The Sepulcher of Lady Inés de Osorio houses the famous ponytail that one has to pull, according the tradition. It allows one to make a wish, although it is confused to say that it is Doña Urraca’s ponytail. It actually belongs to the servant of Doña Ines. She is the one who is represented there and to whom the ponytail of the legend truly corresponds.
The curious Gargoyles. We can highlight the famous image of the photographer, gargoyle that is possibly the most photographed image of the Cathedral of Palencia. It was made by the Architect Jerónimo Arroyo in homage to the photographer who made the photographs of all his works.
In the Door of the Kings, a reproduction of the Alien by Ridley Scott can be seen.
These modern images within a construction like the Cathedral of Palencia were made during the rehabilitation of 1996. These images are rather frequent when the Architect does not know the original state of the piece to reform. In order to communicate this circumstance to future generations and not wanting to “lie” about the originality of the sculpted image, it is completed with an anachronistic image. It is something that makes people know years later that the image is not original.
The use of these images usually respond to the hobby or preferences of the Architect. For the Cathedral of Palencia, the liking for the cinema is clear. Specifically to movies directed by Ridley Scott who began the saga Alien in 1979.
The curiosities of the Cathedral of Palencia are numerous and located both inside and outside. Also notable, inside the Museum is an image of an Anamorphosis about Carlos V. It is a curious pictorial image, which, when seen from the front, shows us a shapeless stain. But when looking the frame on its side, through a small hole made in its left side, it clearly shows the portrait of Charles V. Outside the Cathedral, one of the gargoyles is the image of a skeleton in homage to the Cathedral of Paris.
Many different styles and periods are represented throughout the monuments to visit around the city of Palencia. From the simplicity of the Visigoth or Romanesque, the slenderness of the Gothic, correct measure of the Renaissance or the grandeur of the Baroque, many architectural styles form the monuments of our city. They all together are present at the same time in the Unknown Beauty (Good of Cultural Interest). After contemplating its exterior, you can access the interior through 4 different doors. They are called door of the barefoot, the majestic door of the Kings and the door of Santa María. There is also the door of the Savior, also known as the door of the Bride and Groom.
Finally, the province counts several Cathedral Churches, the largest concentration of Romanesque in Europe, lagoons with biodiversity. In addition, the largest extensions of plains and mountains that exceed approximately 2000 meters high, making this a province of contrasts.
The city that housed the first University in Spain also hides surprising corners. Its Main Street with its arcades, the Plaza Mayor, the facade of Villandrando, the Dársena del Canal, the Cristo del Otero and its main lung, El Monte El Viejo.
With this and much more, we wait for you in Palencia, because Palencia es Esencia.
- Baño en la habitación
- Cocina pequeña
- Parking gratuito
- Ubicado fuera de casco urbano
Olmos de OjedaOlmos de Ojeda Located in the region of Boedo-Ojeda in the north of the Palencia province, it houses a population of 50 inhabitants. In the municipality is located the famous Church of Santa Eufemia de Cozollos o de Collozos. This jewel of the Romanesque is one of the purest buildings one can find throughout the