Must see attractions in Burgos

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    This Unesco World Heritage–listed cathedral, once a former modest Romanesque church, is a masterpiece. Work began on a grander scale in 1221; remarkably,…

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    Museo de la Evolución Humana

    This exceptional museum just across the river from the old quarter is a marvellously told story of human evolution. The basement exhibitions on Atapuerca …

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    Monasterio de las Huelgas

    A 30-minute walk west of the city centre on the southern river bank, this monastery was once among the most prominent in Spain. Founded in 1187 by Eleanor…

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    Cartuja de Miraflores

    Located in peaceful woodlands 4km east of the city centre, this monastery contains a trio of 15th-century masterworks by Gil de Siloé, the man responsible…

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    Arco de Santa María

    The splendid Arco de Santa María was once the main gate to the old city and part of the 14th-century walls. It now hosts temporary exhibitions, but its…

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    Iglesia de San Esteban

    Located just west of the cathedral, this is a solid 14th-century Gothic structure with an unusual porch and a Museo del Retablo with a display of some 18…

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    Museo del Retablo

    Just west of the cathedral, in the Iglesia de San Esteban, the Museo del Retablo has a display of some 18 altars dating from the 15th to 18th centuries.

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    Just south of the car park in Burgos' Parque de Castillo is a mirador (lookout) offering great views of the cathedral and across the city.

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    Castillo de Burgos

    Crowning the leafy hilltop Parque de Castillo are the fortifications of the rebuilt Castillo de Burgos. Dating from the 9th century, the castle has…

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    Casa del Cordón

    Built in the 15th century in a harmonious Gothic style, this fine structure is notable especially for the fact that it was here, on 23 April 1497, that…

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    Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos

    With a lovely perch up behind the cathedral, this private art gallery hosts temporary exhibitions of contemporary art. Apart from the art, it's a pleasant…

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    Statue of El Cid

    On the north side of the Puente de San Pablo looms a romanticised statue of El Cid, the 11th-century mercenary whose tomb lies in the town's cathedral.

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    Museo de Burgos

    This museum, housed in the 16th-century Casa de Miranda, contains some fine Gothic tombs and other archaeological artefacts covering a wide period.

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    Iglesia de San Nicolás

    Close to the cathedral, this church boasts an enormous stone-carved altar by Francisco de Colonia that features scenes from the life of St Nicolas.

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    Parque de Castillo

    This steep park, with the castle as its centerpiece, overlooks the cathedral and the rest of the city centre from the west.