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A tour of Astorga

Gaudí's palace and chocolate

A tour of Astorga
Inserted: 09.09.2017
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Historic city in the middle of the Spanish provinces of Castile and Leon. The history of the city dates back to prehistoric Paleolithic times more than 200,000 years BC. It was originally a strategic point on the Silver Road (Via de la Plata) connecting Andalusia and northwestern Spain. It is now one of the larger cities on the Way of St. James pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

Cathedral
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Cathedral

Three-nave cathedral with 2 towers dedicated to St. Maria was originally built in the Gothic style, later rebuilt with elements of the Renaissance and Baroque. Originally a Romanesque church stood on the site of the cathedral.

Palacio Episcopal (Gaudí's Palace)

The construction of the bishop's palace was commissioned by the builder Antoni Gaudí in 1889, but despite his original intention, the palace never functioned as the bishop's residence. The palace is built of granite in the neo-Gothic style and the intention was to combine elements of the palace and the castle during the construction. There are also typical Gaudí building elements (columns, arches, spiral staircases, …)

Palacio Episcopal (Gaudí's Palace)
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Palacio Episcopal (Gaudí's Palace)
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Palacio Episcopal (Gaudí's Palace)

The interior of the bishop's palace, specifically the chapel.

Plaza Mayor with City Hall

The construction of the 3-storey town hall was completed in 1703. The entire main square is the social center of the city with many restaurants and shops, where the inhabitants of the city and pilgrims meet in the early evening.

Plaza Mayor with City Hall
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Chocolate Museum (or a sweet dot at the end)

The museum was founded in 1994 and shows the entire history of chocolate production, along with unique items used in its production. It focuses especially on the production of chocolate in Astorza, the tour also includes a video projection and tasting :)

Chocolate Museum (or a sweet dot at the end)
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