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Sightseeing in Ourense - what to see. Complete travel guide

2975-Ponte do Milenio (Ourense) This city is surrounded by majestic mountain ranges; Orense is a major center of wine-making and a widely famous resort area. Orense is rich in iconic places, and the number of tours is not poor even if compared to the capital. The first mentions of the city refer to the 5th century. For many centuries these fertile lands have been the cause of the wars, and so the territory changed its owners several times. The first settlers were the Romans. Later the territory was conquered by the Visigoths, then by the Suevi, Moors and Normans.
Nowadays the old part of city is the location of one of the most important architectural monument preserved from the Roman times - the old bridge. Another major attraction is the Romanesque Cathedral, which western portal is considered the most beautiful one. It is decorated with magnificent sculptures, which beauty can by exceed only by the interior of the cathedral. Here you can see unusual lights, gilded statues, and carved sarcophagi.
Not far away from the cathedral begins the so-called "street of bars", by walking on which you will reach the largest gallery of the city - Klaustro de San Francisco. Here regularly take place numerous exhibitions, and so you can see works by contemporary painters and photographers. One of the most beautiful squares of the city called Plaza do Ferro is located just nearby. Around the square you will see small wooden houses built during the medieval period. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Your tour program should certainly include excursions to the Archaeological Museum, the most valuable collections of which are considered Roman and Gallic sculptures. The most beautiful nature reserve of this place is Rio Sil Canyon. Here you can walk in pine forests and oak groves, enjoy boat rides on the river and see several old churches.
A lot of interesting architectural sights are concentrated near the Plaza Mayor. Here, a spectacular Art Nouveau-style building dating back to the late 20th century stands out. The structure is notable for the fact that it was erected on the ruins of ancient Roman buildings. Near the square, you can see the beautiful 19th-century Town Hall building. Next to it is an architectural monument of a much earlier period - the 12th-century Episcopal Palace.
Ourense has several beautiful ancient churches, and the Church of Santa Eufemia is among the most picturesque ones. The construction of this chic Baroque temple began in the 17th century and lasted almost 150 years. Today, one of the main features of the church is its original facade skilfully adorned with a stone carving. Looking at the church, you can notice some asymmetry. The thing is that one of the building's side towers remained unfinished.
No less interesting Baroque-style monument is the Church of St. Mary built in the 18th century. It is notable for its magnificent old altar depicting the image of Saint Mary. This altar has been within the walls of the church since its foundation. The beautiful Baroque church was built on the site of an earlier one. Its interior still features some elements of the old temple.
A popular tourist attraction is Claustro de San Francisco founded in the 14th century. Today, the monastery's cloister is of great architectural value. Its building consists of 76 twin columns, as well as 63 arches. In the ancient convent, there is also a charming patio, which is now currently the most picturesque in Galicia.
Away from the historic district of Ourense is the ancient Ponte Mayor bridge. This bridge over the river Minho was built during the reign of the Roman Emperor Augustus. The first major reconstruction of the bridge took place in the 13th century when it was supplemented by a new watchtower. Today, this tower is missing, because in the 18th century it was decided to restore the bridge's original look. Since the ancient bridge is away from many popular historic streets, unfortunately, it is often left without attention.

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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Ourense
♥   Castle 'Alcázar of Milmanda' , 26.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Monforte de Lemos' , 35 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Castro Caldelas' , 36 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Sobroso' , 52.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Monterrei' , 54.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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National and city parks around Ourense
♥   Natural Park 'O Invernadeiro' , 49.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Peneda-Gerês' , 63.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Natural Park 'Monte Aloia' , 74.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Natural Park 'Serra da Enciña da Lastra' , 82.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Park 'Montesinho' , 95.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sightseeing in Spain: things to see

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