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Old May 10th, 2011, 11:14 AM   #1
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.: Burgos - Capital of Castile :.

Burgos, capital of Castile



Burgos is a Spanish city located at the north of the Iberian peninsula. It has 180.000 population, with another 20.000 in its metropolitan aerea. The Camino de Santiago goes throughout the city.



The city was founded during the Reconquista, in 884. Currently, it is one of the Spanish candidate cities to the 2016 European Capital of Culture.

I will upload one pic per week at least, showing its historic sites, life, urbanism and different events. Everybodye is welcome to upload or comment, of course

I strongly recommend everyone to visit Burgos during any time in the year!
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Old May 10th, 2011, 04:44 PM   #2
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Hope more photos will be added soon. The cathedral looks beautiful!
How far is it from Madrid?
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Old May 10th, 2011, 04:47 PM   #3
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Hope more photos will be added soon. The cathedral looks beautiful!
How far is it from Madrid?
Hi Nightsky, thanks for posting!

Yes, I will try to add pictures weekly and with some variety, it is a small-medium city but very nice.

The Cathedral is absolutely wonderful, it is the only cathedral in Spain that is, by itself, UNESCO World Herigate Site, you will understand why if you visit it.

It is not far from Madrid. There is a direct highway from Madrid to Burgos, called A-1, it takes 240km (kind of 2h by car)

You can also travel there by bus (2h40min), and also there is a medium high speed train (2h 20min), but in 2015 there will be high speed trains that will make Madrid-Burgos in only 1h 24minutes.
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Old May 10th, 2011, 05:12 PM   #4
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Great idea of thread for a beatiful city, I can´t wait you to post, the city is really worthy and although is a historic town there also some great modern pieces of architecture.
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Old May 10th, 2011, 05:16 PM   #5
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ARCO DE SANTA MARÍA



This arc used to be the main entrance to the city during the medieval ages. It was one of the 12 access doors. It connects Santa María bridge over Arlanzón river with San Fernando plaza, where the Cathedral is.

It was built in the XV century, but redesign durint the XVI century, because of the visit to the city of the king Carlos. The figures represents different kings and lords of Castile.

It has a little museum inside of it, the entrance is free.
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Old May 10th, 2011, 06:17 PM   #6
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Great idea of thread for a beatiful city, I can´t wait you to post, the city is really worthy and although is a historic town there also some great modern pieces of architecture.
Thanks Filandon, hope this thread gets full of pics, this city must be known all around the world (if you have time and will, a thread about León would be amazing)
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I will consider your proposition cuartango, our cities have a lot in common even though each one has its own taste, but now let´s enjoy "Caput Castelae" and make us enjoy by watching the amazing things you enjoy in your city.

I would recommend that you also post some from Atapuerca, until its known, the oldest europeans lived there and the excavations found great things there to help explain lots of our ancestors life.
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Old May 16th, 2011, 12:40 PM   #8
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A picture of some new buildings constructed with public funds.



Theses buildings go near the river Vena, reciently fixed, now it is like a lineal garden, more than 3km long.

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Old May 16th, 2011, 12:47 PM   #9
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So far, very nice photos from Burgos; i will wait to see the rest of them
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Old May 16th, 2011, 12:57 PM   #10
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So far, very nice photos from Burgos; i will wait to see the rest of them
Thanks! You haven't seen almost anything yet, hope you like the rest.

Next picture shows one of the most famous fountains in the city, called "Fuente de los delfines" ("Dolphins fountain"). When there is any sport victory, all the people in the city celebrates it here. I will post a better picture on it in other time.

Near this place the "Camino de Santiago" crosses the city.

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Burgos, capital of Castile



Burgos is a Spanish city located at the north of the Iberian peninsula. It has 180.000 population, with another 20.000 in its metropolitan aerea. The Camino de Santiago goes throughout the city.



The city was founded during the Reconquista, in 884. Currently, it is one of the Spanish candidate cities to the 2016 European Capital of Culture.

I will upload one pic per week at least, showing its historic sites, life, urbanism and different events. Everybodye is welcome to upload or comment, of course

I strongly recommend everyone to visit Burgos during any time in the year!
I like this caltle.
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Old May 16th, 2011, 01:19 PM   #12
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I like this caltle.
What do you mean by caltle? you mean the cathedral?
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Old May 16th, 2011, 01:30 PM   #13
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RÍO ARLANZÓN


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The main river of the city is called Arlanzón. It crossing all the city from east to west, along more than 20 km in its surface.

Burgos urbanism is based on this river. A lot of the old buildings and the population turn around the river, and it is pretty integrated in the city.

Also, it is the cleanest river crossing an Spanish city. This one is taken near the old area.
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sorry . i really don't know. i can't distinguish.
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Old May 16th, 2011, 01:39 PM   #15
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sorry . i really don't know. i can't distinguish.
No problem hackmanjkk

I will post more pictures about the cathedral in the future, so you can get an image of it.
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The cathedral looks so huge! Really amazing. I'm waiting for more pics.
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It is quite big, although it is not one of the biggests in Spain.

The good thing of the Cathedral of Burgos is that it has the best arquitecture and sculpture of XVI century in Europe. You will see why. In this city, we sometimes called this Cathedral the 8th World Wonder (just joking). This building is the symbol of the city all around the world, and its greatest treasure.


The Burgos Cathedral
(Catedral de Santa María de Burgos) is a Gothic-style Roman Catholic cathedral in Burgos, Spain. It is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and is famous for its vast size and unique architecture. Its construction began in 1221 following French Gothic parameters.

It had very important modifications in the 15th and 16th centuries (spires of the principal façade, Chapel of the Constable, cimborio of the transept: these elements of advanced Gothic give the cathedral its distinguished profile). Also a lot of inside chapels were added from the XIV century all along to the XVIII century, so this means that this Cathedral has almost every style in it.

Let's start with a couple of picks:

Firstly, the main facade. The total height is kind of 80 meters (taller than Notre Dame in Paris; when I look to this Paris Cathedral, I find it like uncompleted).



The second one, from an street called Fernán González (where the Camino de Santiago goes by), it like 20 meters higher than the floor. This picture was taken by me last summer.



I love Burgos beacuse it is a city with a lot and a pretty special day light.

These are only 2 views of the Cathedral, with different pics I will show that there are plenty of more amazing views to it.
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Old May 17th, 2011, 06:20 AM   #18
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seems to be a nice city.
I like that gothic cathedral.
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Thanks for the answers. Nice posts of recent pictures also.
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what a charming city.
that gothic cathedral is one of a gem.
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