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Cathedral Basilica of San Antolín
Gothic temple with high artistic and heritage wealth and granted the label of "The recognized beauty"
The façade of this main monument is just a glimpse of what awaits for us inside, hence its name "The recognized beauty", a well-deserved recognition of the wealth of heritage and art it hides behind its doors, such as surprising works by Alonso Berruguete, El Greco or Zurbarán. Gothic, later renovated with Baroque and Renaissance details, the temple was declared a National Historic Monument in 1929 and is, thanks to its volume and important height, the third largest cathedral in our country.
Under its subsoil, it shelters an extraordinary secret that never leaves the visitor unmoved: the Crypt of San Antolín, a primitive construction with roots in the 7th century. Tradition says it was King Wamba who brought the relics of the French martyr Antolin from Narbonne to Palencia and, considering this historical reference true, some features of the architecture that define the building would be explained, since it would be a part of an ancient martyrium of the same kind of the Asturian or early Christian art. Even today, a deep-rooted tradition lives on among the people of Palencia: on the festivity of San Antolín, many Palentinos approach the crypt to drink the waters of the well it holds inside, with alleged miraculous and healing properties.
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Plaza de la Inmaculada, Sta. Iglesia Catedral, 34001 Palencia