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- As per most of the older towns in Spain, this one has a very old centre with churches and other buildings going back centuries.
Great history and architecture and plenty of bars with free Tapas to help you enjoy your surroundings.Written June 8, 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- I guess that this is what might well be called a "palacete" - a small palace belonging to an upper-class family.
At least it used to belong to them, nowadays it is a library on the ground floor, and a venue for various cultural events on the two upper floors, having been bequeathed to the town by the last owner on her death. Her name was Soledad, hence the Casa de Solita.
In a beautiful position, just by the Parque de la Mota and with a view down to the river and fields (and Flour Mill), it was built in the early 20th century, before WW1, around a central patio and with only Juliet balconies, i.e. balconies where you cannot sit outside to enjoy the view or the fresh air.
Pity! Although it does get chilly here in winter.
The internal decoration, with ornamental ironwork and painted ceilings, is worth visiting.Written November 29, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This church can be admired easily from the outside, since it is in the middle of a square with no buildings attached to it. The word "Azogue" stems from the term for a Moorish Market, which presumably was held in this very square at one time before the Moorish invaders left Spain finally in 1492. A Double Win for Spain that year, since it was in 1492 that Columbus sailed the Ocean blue.
You can therefore walk right around it, admiring it from every angle. And there is plenty to admire.
Students of architecture will particularly find much to admire, as it is a living textbook of European architecture.
If you can actually call stones "living"!
I give it this name because it took so long to build. The Cathedral of Kingsbridge in Ken Follett's book "The Pillars of the Earth" was constructed in just an afternoon, compared to this church, I can tell you.
It was started in the 12th century, making its origins "Romanesque". That's what we often call Norman architecture in English churches, those half-circles forming archways over doors and windows.
After a roughly hundred-year pause, they started again in the late 13th century: Gothic, with pointy arches. Spot those?
After dawdling a bit, putting up a clock tower to house an enormous bell, we then got to the 1th and 16th centuries: Late Gothic, Early Renaissance then segueing into pure Renaissance.
Finally, the finishing touches (including re-building bits that had fallen down, especially after the collapse of a nearby underground wine cellar) were added in the 17th and 18th centuries, in pure flamboyant Baroque style.
Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque. A textbook!Written December 1, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This tower, the remains of the castle of Benavente, is now part of the Parador de Turismo hotel.
In pre-covid times, non-residents could ask to see it, but not currently (November 2020).
There are two main parts to visit.
Down a spooky stone spiral staircase is what, in pre-covid times, was the main bar and cafeteria. The wall hangings and ceiling are worthy of note.
Up normal stairs guarded by a Knight in Armour is a beautiful room, used for conferences, meetings, celebrations, etc.
Here you will see an amazing painted ceiling high above, with a metal balustrade all around. No, there is no access to this for visitors!
The tower was built by the Pimental family from the 16th century onwards; in its heyday it was considered magnificent enough to be called a palace. However, the French troops sacked it during the Napoleonic Wars, leaving only the tower intact.
The interior was restored in the 20th century.Written November 17, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This is a lovely example of a typical Castillian "Plaza Mayor".
No, it isn't as beautiful as Salamanca, because it isn't built all as one piece, with all the buildings exactly the same. But the imposing Ayuntamiento, Town Hall, has the style of a ground floor of columns supporting an arcade running round to offer protection from the weather - too hot, too cold, too wet - which is a pretty common signature feature.
And the other buildings around the square reflect or imitate this.
The Bank BBVA building doesn't have the arcade, but nonetheless the overall style, with wide imitation columns between the windows, follows the general style.
The Casa de las Pescaderias, the Casa Allen, the Casa Moran, the Casa Lesmes, all built or re-built in the late 19th or early 20th century - they all add to the charm of this square. When we visited in November 2020, the town's Christmas "Tree" - a high slender cone of lights, looking like no tree known to man but very well known to Spaniards as their "abeto luminoso de navidad", had just been erected. You can see a glimpse of it in one or two of my photos.Written December 1, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- A small park just opposite the front entrance of the Parador de Benavente.
It has several different sections in it. There are formal gardens laid out with straight paths bisecting. There are sections with winding paths. There is a wilder part, with trees planted apparently randomly, so looking like a natural wood, although with plenty of room to walk around.
All this might make the park seem quite large. But in fact it is very small, by the standards of parks in English towns, anyway.
At the far end, furthest from the Parador, that is, is a bandstand. One early morning stroll showed a group of women doing pre-breakfast rhythmic gymnastics there to music.
A pleasant place to stroll.Written November 30, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Typical Spanish restaurant, visited by locals. If you want "nouvelle cuisine" this is not your place. But if you want to fill your stomach with an easy and tasty meal, here you´ll be happy! The waiter is not going to smile you, but if you can speak Spanish, or make him know your desires, he is going to make everything possible to serve you. Try it.Written February 24, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.