Palencia is dominated by the imposing statue of Cristo del Otero. With a height of 20 meters, the statue dominates the entire region from one of the hills surrounding the city.
There are a number of important buildings and shops along Palencia's main street. The arcaded Main Square is located at one end of the street, in which the 19th century Town Hall and the 13th century Franciscan church of San Francisco are situated.
The surrounding pedestrian streets lead to the 14th century Palencia Cathedral. The Cathedral has a Gothic facade and there is a museum inside the cloister which exhibits works by painters such as El Greco and Zurbar├ín. Another building worth visiting is the Romanesque and Gothic style church of San Miguel with its distinctive 13th century tower.
The banks of the Carri├│n river form one of the most important leisure areas in Palencia, incorporating large green zones such as Sotillo de los Can├│nigos.
The province of Palencia
From the capital of Palencia, visitors can follow the famous Romanesque Palencia route and discover the province's rich medieval heritage that has developed around the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. Over fifty buildings are preserved almost intact, including the Santa Mar├şa monastery in Aguilar de Campo.
The town of Carri├│n de los Condes is home to some beautiful buildings such as the 13th century Convent of Santa Clara and the churches of Santa Mar├şa del Camino and Santiago.
Other Romanesque buildings that can be visited along this route include the church of San Mart├şn (Fr├│mista), the San Pelayo hermitage (Perazancas), the church of Santa Eufemia (Olmos de Ojeda) and the Monastery of Santa Mar├şa de Mave.