Valladolid in Castile and León

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City Hall at the Plaza Mayor © xavi lópez/cc-by-sa-3.0-es

City Hall at the Plaza Mayor © xavi lópez/cc-by-sa-3.0-es

Valladolid is a municipality in Spain and the primary seat of government and de facto capital of the autonomous community of Castile and León. It is also the capital of the province of the same name. It has a population around 300,000 people (2021 est.).

The city is located roughly in the centre of the northern half of the Iberian Peninsula’s Meseta Central, at the confluence of the Pisuerga and Esgueva rivers 15 km (9.3 mi) before they join the Duero, surrounded by winegrowing areas. The area was settled in pre-Roman times by the Celtic Vaccaei people, and then by Romans themselves. The settlement was purportedly founded after 1072, growing in prominence within the context of the Crown of Castile, being endowed with fairs and different institutions such as a collegiate church, University (1241), Royal Court and Chancellery and a royal mint.

© MiguelAlanCS/cc-by-sa-4.0 Palacio de SantaCruz houses the UVA's rectorate © Luis Fernández García/cc-by-sa-3.0 Cervantes' House © Lourdes Cardenal/cc-by-sa-3.0 City Hall at the Plaza Mayor © xavi lópez/cc-by-sa-3.0-es Colegio de San Gregorio © Zarateman/cc-by-sa-3.0-es Holy Week procession © Lourdes Cardenal/cc-by-sa-4.0
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Palacio de SantaCruz houses the UVA's rectorate © Luis Fernández García/cc-by-sa-3.0
Valladolid was the location of Europe’s first moral debate on the treatment of indigenous people and is the city in which Christopher Columbus died. It was briefly the capital of Habsburg Spain between 1601 and 1606. The city then declined until the arrival of the railway in the 19th century, and with its industrialisation into the 20th century.

The old town is made up of a variety of historic houses, palaces, churches, plazas, avenues and parks, and includes the National Museum of Sculpture as well as the houses of Zorrilla and Cervantes which are open as museums. Among the events that are held each year in the city are the famous Holy Week, the Festival of Theatre and Street Arts (TAC), and the Valladolid International Film Festival (Seminci). In 2019, Valladolid was recognised as a City of Film as part of UNESCO‘s Creative Cities Network. Together with another 15 surrounding municipalities, it belongs to an urban community of around 404,000 inhabitants.

Read more on spain.info – Valladolid, Wikivoyage Valladolid and Wikipedia Valladolid (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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