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Peñafiel, Spain - attractions, pictures

 

Peñafiel is a small town 55 km away from Valladolid.
Peña is a rock, a fjell is a faithful one, i.e. True Rock. According to legend, when in 1008 Sancho Castilian reconquered the castle from the Arabs, he stuck a spear on top and promised that this rock (which was then called Falcon Rock - Pena falcon) will forever remain Castilian.
Public transport to Peñafiel is easiest to get from Valladolid, but buses run infrequently and you need to think in advance about when to return.

 

 Peñafiel.
Peñafiel

 Peñafiel.

Peñafiel

 

 Peñafiel.

Peñafiel

 

The main attraction is the castle Peñafiel, but the town itself deserves attention.

Peñafiel is one of the few cities where the traditional Spanish square for bullfighting and other festivities has survived. Here it is called Plaza del Coso. In large cities, these squares later transformed into no less traditional Placa Mayor, but initially everything looked exactly like this - a sandy arena surrounded by houses, in which there is a tavern on the first floor, and on the next floor there are balconies, where you can easily observe the events.

 

 Peñafiel. Plaza del Coso

Plaza del Coso
La Plaza del Coso (XVIII-XIX century)

 

 Peñafiel. Plaza del Coso

 Plaza del Coso
La Plaza del Coso (XVIII-XIX century)

 

In the center of the village there is the church of St. Maria Central (and how else to say? :) A literal translation - "in the middle of the village"), which, in addition to religious purposes, served as a gathering point for the city council. Now there is a museum of sacred art, in which I could not visit, because of the restoration.
The architectural style is very uncharacteristic for the XVII century. In the description it is declared as a transition from the Romanesque to the Baroque (where the Gothic lost? :).

 

 Peñafiel. Church of St. Maria Mediaville

 Church of St. Maria Mediaville
Iglesia de Santa Maria de Mediavilla (XVII вcentury)

 

The tower, which for almost five centuries serves local residents as an alarm clock :), was originally a bell tower of the Romanesque church of St. Stefan (XI century), destroyed in 1613. The first clock was installed in 1532, now the mechanism of 1884, driven by a system of goods. The plant suffices for 8 days, which is determined by the length of the rope (or, more precisely, the height of the tower).
The present bell was installed in 1664.
In general, it's amazing how many details are stored in the provincial archives. It would seem that nothing special, and the centuries-old life of the city as in the palm of your hand. Imagine how many people lived and died in this little-known area under the dimensional bell of the hour-bell. They have not existed for a long time, but the tower is standing and the clock still goes on ...

 

 Peñafiel. Clock tower

Clock tower
Torre del Reloj (XV century)

 

Monastery of St. Paul was founded in the XIV century on the site of the former castle Alfonso X. From Alcazar remained the base of the tower (converted into a bell tower) and a courtyard. The style of Gothic-Mudejar.

 

 Peñafiel. Monastery of St. Paul

 Monastery of St. Paul
Convento de San Pablo (XIII-XV century)

 

 Peñafiel. Monastery of St. Paul

 Monastery of St. Paul
Convento de San Pablo (XIII-XV century)

 

In Penafiel there was another monastery - St. Clarissa. Now he is partly occupied by the hotel, but a baroque church with an unusual facade acting.

 

 Peñafiel. Church of St. Clara

 Church of St. Clara
Iglesia de Santa Clara (XVII century)

 

Parish Church of St. Michael, as it often happens, was built on the remains of the preceding Romanesque church of the 12th century, from which even some fragments remained.

 

 Peñafiel. Church of St. Mikhail

 Church of St. Mikhail
La parroquia de San Miquel de Reoyo (XVI century)

 

 Peñafiel. Church of St. Mikhail

Church of St. Mikhail
La parroquia de San Miquel de Reoyo (XVI century)

 

The main thing is why there are not so many tourists getting here - the castle Peñafiel. To him, to the top of the hill (884 m.), leads a serpentine road and to climb there hard.
The castle, though dated to the XI-XIV century, in the main, of course, the XIV century. It looks, amazing.
Inside, too can go in and even it is not very expensive, but it opens late (at 11), but I did not aspire there, knowing from experience that the most beautiful in castles is the appearance. In this castle, too, nothing interesting was left inside. Now there is a museum of wine in the province of Valladolid. By the way, the surrounding area is included in the wine region of the Duero River, where "Vinos con Denominaciones de Origen, DO" is produced. In order not to become tired of analyzing the classification of Spanish wines - this is considered the third category of quality, but for the ordinary consumer, it is the second category after the Rioja region (DOC), since the first category is Vinos de Pagos - mostly elite wines with a small scale of production.

 

 Castle Peñafiel

 Castle Peñafiel
Castillo de Penafiel (XI-XIV century)

 

 Castle Peñafiel

  Castle Peñafiel
Castillo de Penafiel (XI-XIV century)

 

 Peñafiel.View from the mountain

View from the mountain

 

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