Valladolid is a university city in Castile and León in western Spain. It’s associated with the epoch-defining author José Zorrilla, who was born here in 1817 and has a large monument in his honour in front of Campo Grande, the city’s park.
Vallodolid was also home to the Castilian court in the early-17th century, and there’s an array of stunning palaces and churches from the middle ages to the 1700s that underline the city’s status as a centre for culture and politics.
In the 19th century Valladolid became a powerhouse of industry, which endowed it with some majestic “historicist” architecture and a regal shopping arcade for its wealthier citizens.
Let’s explore the best things to do in Valladolid:
1. National Sculpture Museum
This attraction has a fine collection of sculpture and art from the late-middle ages to the 1800s, but the museum building is itself a work of art too.
This is the Colegio de San Gregorio, a school for theology for Dominican monks that was built in the late-1500s.
Dwell a moment beneath the facade to see the unbelievable detail of the carved tympanum above the door.
Inside are gothic, renaissance and baroque sculptures and paintings that were mostly commissioned for altarpieces at convents that were shut down by decree in the 1800s.
Every Easter more than 100 of these works are lent to the city’s Catholic brotherhoods to be paraded as “pasos” or floats during Holy Week.