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Old March 16th, 2013, 12:39 AM   #1
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BURGOS, España



BURGOS, España

Country: Spain
Region: Castile and León
Elevation: 856m (2,808 ft)
Population: 179,906

These pictures are from a trip to Burgos I made with a friend on December 7th 2012, a day after I visited Segovia. Unfortunately we were greeted with worse weather than both Segovia and Aranjuez - grey, wet and misty (hence the completely opposite banner). At least it wasn't cold though.

The city was founded in the 9th century and became the capital of the Castile and León region in the 11th century, also with the arrival of a Catholic bishop. Burgos was also a major stop for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela, as well as significant trading post between the Bay of Biscay and the south. Burgos has been the scene of many wars: with the Moors, the struggles between León and Navarre, and between Castile and Aragon. In the Peninsular War against Napoleonic France, the siege of Burgos. Again in the 19th-century Carlist civil wars of the Spanish succession Burgos was the scene of a battle. During the Spanish Civil War, Burgos was the base of Gen. Franco's rebel Nationalist government.

Nowadays, the history is reflected well in the variety of old architecture in the core of the city. Perhaps the most significant landmark is the impressive cathedral that towers above the rest of the city. Due to the city's high elevation, it receives cold winters and more moderate summers in relation to many other places in Spain with fair rainfall, perhaps similar to some inland parts of the UK. The city is famous for Burgos cheese and Morcilla and is surrounded by agricultural land.

Well, now for the pictures!

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Old March 16th, 2013, 01:04 AM   #4
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Looks nice, despite the rain. I thought it was much bigger.

I only know Burgos from my Spanish language course: "Yo vivo en Burgos"... or something like that.
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lovely city indeed.
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Not to forget that the archaeological site of Atapuerca, where the oldest European was found, its just a few km. from downtown. A visit to this site, and to the new and great 'MEH' Museum of Human Evolution, in the city centre is very much recommended. Also the Medieval Cartuja is a gem. Now the city is very green, with lots of new pedestrianised areas and freshly restored monuments and civil buildings that show the history of this city that is the capital of the historic Castille. But it is also very industrial and an important crossroad in Northern Spain.

A curiosity is that, despite the see its far away, the city had the headquarters of what we could call a state organisation to control maritime trade.

Great shots, I see that you are getting closer to León
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Looks nice, despite the rain. I thought it was much bigger.

I only know Burgos from my Spanish language course: "Yo vivo en Burgos"... or something like that.
Haha, wonderfully informative Spanish courses. Yes, it's by no means a big place but it features considerable importance as Filandon has nicely pointed out below. Thanks!

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Not to forget that the archaeological site of Atapuerca, where the oldest European was found, its just a few km. from downtown. A visit to this site, and to the new and great 'MEH' Museum of Human Evolution, in the city centre is very much recommended. Also the Medieval Cartuja is a gem. Now the city is very green, with lots of new pedestrianised areas and freshly restored monuments and civil buildings that show the history of this city that is the capital of the historic Castille. But it is also very industrial and an important crossroad in Northern Spain.

A curiosity is that, despite the see its far away, the city had the headquarters of what we could call a state organisation to control maritime trade.

Great shots, I see that you are getting closer to León
Thanks for the info Filandon! Yes, I noticed the MEH Museum but we didn't get that far and were only really there for six hours or so. It was certainly interesting to read about its maritime significance considering where it is. I am indeed nearing on León and still plan on visiting but perhaps when the weather improves a bit. Yet another rainy day here in Madrid today.
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Great, very nice photos from Burgos, Mike
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Gorgeous. And those pollarded trees look amazing - very distinctive!
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love the fabulous photos..
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at the first look it may look pretty cool and interesting, but on the other hand... these trees seem to be cripples
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That gotic cathedral is stunning!
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Thanks! They really are. This was the first place I had seen trees like these and they made for interesting photo opportunities.

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at the first look it may look pretty cool and interesting, but on the other hand... these trees seem to be cripples
True, but it was winter remember. I was in another city today that had the same sort of trees with buds all over them ready to sprout so they're not completely decrepit.

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Thanks! It certainly is stunning - a real landmark for the city.
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Spectacular views of Burgos. High quality and interesting streets.
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Thank you! Even in poor weather Burgos looks beautiful!
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It´s great, Mike. But I think you should post some more pictures of the cathedral which is soooooo nice. This if you have time, man.

Burgos is so authentic and solid...This is architecture to last.

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Charming, I love the tree archway - sort of reminds me of the "thumper" tree in Harry Potter Great pics mate.
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It´s great, Mike. But I think you should post some more pictures of the cathedral which is soooooo nice. This if you have time, man.

Burgos is so authentic and solid...This is architecture to last.

Thanks again.
Thank you! Unfortunately I did not go into the cathedral as one has to pay to enter which I don't support as it is not necessary in my country. There will be more photos with the cathedral in to come though. I agree, Burgos is a real gem and apparently relatively unknown to most foreigners. I'm glad I got talking to lots of Spanish people who pinpointed places for me to visit.

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Charming, I love the tree archway - sort of reminds me of the "thumper" tree in Harry Potter Great pics mate.
Thanks man, good to hear from you again! I can see the comparison haha. The trees are very special and distinctive.
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