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Zamora is the capital of the province of Zamora in the Castile and Leon region of Spain.
Zamora is an attractive city with a medieval past. It has 12 lovely Romanesque churches, each with attractive carved portals and a towers which are homes to some of Zamora's stork population. Zamora's cathedral is an attractive Romanesque building topped by a very attractive dome.
Visit Zamora, Spain
Zamora's Romanesque churches are very attractive. Particularly worth seeing are the Iglesia de San Ildefonso, the Iglesia de la Magdalena and the Iglesia San Juan de la Puerta Nueva.
The cathedral was built in just 23 years. An astonashing feat. It is a particularly good example of Spanish Romanesque architecture. Inside it has some attractive Mudejar pulpits. Its domed roof is tiled with tiles resembling fish scales. Surrounding the catheedral are the ruined walls of the old citadel and the remains of the Castillo. You can get good views of the surrounding countryside from here.
Zamora has several palaces. One of which is now a luxury parador, has a Renaissance courtyard and maintains a medieval feeling throughout. Definitely the place to stay if your budget stretches to it. The Casa del Cordon and the Casa de los Momos are also attractive buildings.
The Traitors Gate ( Postigo de la Traicion) is where Sancho II was betrayed and killed in 1072.
Museums in Zamora
The cathedral's museum houses a collection of 15th century Flemish Tapestries known as the 'Black Tapestries'
The Museo de la Semana Santa is in Church of Santa Maria la Nueva near the Plaza Mayour is contains statues which depict the Passion of Christ and are used in the Easter Parade as part of the Easter celebrations in Zamora.
The Museo Provincal offers an insight into Zamara and the area.
The Baltasar Lobo museum is dedicated to the works of the famous Spanish sculptor.
Places near Zamora
The beautiful city of Salamanca is only about an hour away - make sure you don't miss it.
If you are a wine buff, the town of Toro is 33km to the east and is centre of one of Central Spain's best wine regions.
Map of Zamora and places to visit
Zamora places to visit
See more places nearby in the Castile and Leon guide