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Rey Don Sancho
Come and discover our fabulous and magic city.
Easter in Zamora has been declared an international touristic festivity. It is different from the rest of Spain Easter celebrations. Their sculptures are spectacular and valuable, especially the “Cristo Gótico del Santísimo Espíritu Santo” which dates back to 15th century.
Some of the brotherhood are the eldest of Spain. “Santa Vera Cruz” is the eldest and dates back to 12th century.
Zamora also has sculptors of religious images like Mariano Benlliure, Perez Comendador, Quintín de Torreo or Hipólito Pérez Calvo, as well as the most famous sculptor Ramón Álvarez.
Zamora is well-known for its history and culture. It is also recognized as “La ciudad del Románico” (Romanesque city) because it is the eldest European city with more Romanesque churches in its town centre.
The most representative is the Zamora’s cathedral, which dates back to 12th century. It has latin-cross plan, three sheds of four stages and three apses that were substituted by a gothic heading in the 16th century. Its builders inspired themselves in the Arabic architecture to design many of its elements: pointed and bent arches, and lateral sheds with groined vaults. It is important to highlight its dome decorated with scales, which is a real symbol of the city.
In Zamora we can find the following museums:
The ethnographic museum of Castilla y León is especially dedicated to show the visitors the ethnographic richness of this autonomous region. It has a permanent exposition which is divided according its thematic. Moreover, it also holds temporary expositions regularly.
The Easter museum of Zamora was created in 1957 with the aim of showing and protecting the sculptural group of the processions. It opened its gates to the public the 9th of September of 1964. After several reforms, the museum was reopened the 25th of February of 1994. 36 sculptural groups are exposed, highlighting the ones made by Ramon Álvarez and Mariano Benlliure among other elements linked to Zamora’s Easter.
There is a cathedral museum within the cathedral which is the main diocese museum. In the museum we can find a collection of tapestry from the 15th and 16th centuries (“Guerras de Troya” and “Campañas militares de Aníbal” series), considered one of the world’s most valuable.