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Palencia is a beautiful city in Spain, located more exactly within the province of Palencia, in the autonomous community of Castile and Leon. The history of Palencia goes back to the Celtic times, when the name of the city was mentioned for the first time. Archaeologists have also discovered traces of Roman villas. Palencia has known a major and rapid development throughout the years, becoming an important municipality in the region. According to the 2011 census, Palencia has a total population of 81,522 residents and spans on a total area of 36.57 square miles (94.71 sq km). If a trip to Palencia is coming up in the near future, you will certainly enjoy the numerous recreational and cultural opportunities that the city provides.

Top Attractions within Palencia

The Cathedral of San Antolin is one of the most important landmarks of Palencia. Its history goes back to 1321, when the construction started. The cathedral was completed in 1504 and is dedicated to San Antolin. It stands over a low vaulted Visigothic crypt and was built in an exquisite Gothic architectural style. The cathedral also features a museum where numerous works of art are put on display. Other important religious sites include the church of San Miguel, the San Francisco church, and the Benedictine monastery of San Zoilo.

The Archaeological Museum is a great cultural institution in Palencia. The museum puts on display numerous artifacts and historical items that will teach you many things about the city's history and heritage. It also contains an impressive collection of Celtiberian ceramics.

Cristo del Otero is a very tall statue of Christ located on top of a hill overlooking Palencia. The statue was created in 1931 by the talented sculptor Victorio Macho. This is actually the tallest statue of Christ in Europe. Supposedly, it is also the second tallest in the world, topped only by the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Restaurants. Palencia is a great provider of culinary opportunities. Some of the best restaurants in Palencia you could go to include La Encina, La Traserilla, Casa Damian, Paparachi, Ponte vecchio, El Trompicon, Isabel, and many others.

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