If there is but one reason to visit Burgos it is to see its cathedral. It is one of the most beautiful examples of Spanish Gothic art and is the only Spanish cathedral to be a World Heritage site.

 Burgos Cathedral is special. It soars high above the city – its elaborately crafted spires are especially eye-catching The best view of the cathedral’s exterior is by approaching the westerly Puerta Real entrance that faces the Plaza de Santa María but every façade has been exquisitely sculpted in painstaking detail. No wonder it took more than 500 years to build the complete article as it stands today.

Burgos Cathedral puerta de la coroneria

 The cathedral, which, incidentally, is the third largest in Spain became a UNESCO heritage site in 1984 and is certainly spectacular enough to put Burgos on the map on its own. However, the city does have other sights worth seeing.

Across the Plaza del Rey Ferdinand from the Puerta del Sarmental entrance of the cathedral is the Arco de Santa María. Best viewed from the Santa María bridge that crosses the Río Arlanzon, the monument is one of the most beautiful of all the city’s gateways. It looks like a castle with its multi-turreted exterior. Statues of Castilian heroes and kings stand guard above the archway. It leads onto the Paseo del Espolón, a tree-lined promenade that runs alongside the riverbank.

Arco de Santa_Maria

Paseo de Epsolón

statue of El Cid

At the end of the paseo is an impressive statue situated in the Plaza del Mío Cid. It is the Monumento del Cid, a sculpture of El Cid Campeador. He was a legendary figure who fought alongside the Moors who then occupied most of Spain. Later, he switched camps and conquered Valencia on behalf of the Christians and became a governor of the city until his death.

The city of Burgos is crammed with many fascinating buildings and time is well spent just meandering the streets of the old town between the Casa del Cordón and the Cathedral.

Casa del Cordón

Other blogs by Robert Bovington:

“Photographs of Spain”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“bits and bobs”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books AboutSpain”

About Robert Bovington

Robert Bovington is an English writer of travel books. These include “Spanish Matters” and “Spanish Impressions” Robert Bovington was born in Brighton, East Sussex, the son of Leonard and Audrey Bovington. He is the first-born and has eight siblings – six brothers and two sisters. Having worked for many years in both the telecommunications industry and the teaching profession, Robert wanted to take on new challenges. He and Diane decided to relocate to Spain and, in 2003, the couple moved to Roquetas de Mar in sunny Andalucía. However, lazing on the beach was not Robert's idea of fun - he wanted to explore his new homeland. It didn't stop there! He was so impressed with Spain, its countryside, its historic cities and its culture that it inspired him to write about his experiences. Robert Bovington has been married to Diane for over thirty years. They have no children. However, Robert’s short marriage to Helene resulted in twin daughters Carole and Sheila. The author is also a grandfather and great grandfather. Robert met Diane when both belonged to the Crescent Operatic Society. Music is one of the author’s great passions. At primary school he sang in a choir in a concert of Bach and Handel. Another of his interests is football and for many years he supported Brighton & Hove Albion home and away. His favourite premiership team is Arsenal. Other interests include information technology, writing and ten-pin bowling.
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