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Monuments

Carthusian de Miraflores

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 10:15 to 15:00 and from 16:00 to 18:00. Sundays and bank holidays: 11:20 to 12:30. 13:00 to 15:00. 16:00 to 18:00.

Prior to be passed into the hands of the Carthusian monks, the building was the retreat of King Enrique III. It was a hunting reserve for the Monarchy when the former decided to built a palace that was later restored when his son, King Juan II, succeeded to the throne.The design was by Juan de Colonia. It was not until the reign of Isabel la Católica that building began.To carry out this task the best architects, sculptors, and painters were hired.Amongst them, Simón de Colonia, Gil de Siloé and Pedro Berruguete. The Carthusian monastery became one of the Gothic jewels of the end of the 15th century.

Casa del Cordón (House of the Cord)

Opening hours:
Open during the opening times of Caja Burgos, only the outside and the Renaissance courtyard can be visited.

Commissioned by the High Constable during the 15th century.Its creator was Simón de Colonia. It served as meeting point between the Catholic Monarchs and Christopher Columbus on his return from his second journey to America.The Courts in 1515 were also held here, in which the union between Navarre and Castile was approved.It was an emblematic building for the Monarchs of this period.All the Hapsburgs stayed in this house at some point in time.Its name refers to the cord of a Franciscan monk that frames the main entrance.

Monastery Santa María Real de las Huelgas

Opening hours:
Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 to 13:15 and from 15:45 to 17:45. Sundays and public holidays from 10:30 to 14:15. Closed on Mondays.

The convent was founded by Alfonso VIII and his wife Leonor, as Royal Pantheon and spiritual retreat for ladies in high society and royalty.

There is a church, monastery, and the cloistered buildings of the Cistercian nuns with a crenellated fence that served as protection for them. The church has five apses, a transept and three naves. The cloister choir is located in the centre nave alongside the Royal Pantheon and spouses, the gospel nave was for the Pantheon for the Princes and Princesses, and the epistle for the nuns. The door of the vestry is worth a mention for its decorative Arab design. In the chapter house, austere (similar to the Cistercian order), is exhibited the Pendón de las Navas.

Admission:
General: € 5.00. Reduced: € 4.00. Minimum: € 2.50.

Services:
Cafeteria, Own publications, Guided tour, Specialist shop, Hostelry.

Church of San Nicolas

Opening hours:
Monday open all day.July, August, and September: Week days from 09:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 20:00. Rest of the year from Tuesday to Friday: 18:30 to 19:00. Saturday: 09:30 to 14:00 and from 17:00 to 19:00.

A Gothic church whose greatest treasure is the High Reredos by the Colonia workshop (16th century). It is a reredos-sculpture made by a merchant that wanted to leave his mark as evidence of his status and economic power.The reredos images depict the life and miracles of San Nicolás and also make reference to Biblical passages.

Arch of Santa Maria

It was the most noble entrance out of those providing access to the city of Burgos.In the 16th century it was remodelled by Juan de Vallejo and Francisco de Colonia. It looks like a castle with two big towers.The triumphal arch presides, built in honour of Emperor Carlos V, the image of Santa María la Mayor.

Source: Web server of Instituto de Turismo de España, TURESPAÑA.

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