19 Facts About Valladolid


Valladolid is a municipality in Spain and the primary seat of government of the autonomous community of Castile and Leon.

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One widely held etymological theory suggests that the modern name Valladolid derives from the Celtiberian language expression, meaning "valley of waters", referring to the confluence of rivers in the area.

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Valladolid is located at roughly 735 metres above sea level, at the centre of the Meseta Norte, the plateau drained by the Duero river basin covering a major part of the Northwest of the Iberian Peninsula.

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Valladolid's climate is influenced by the distance from the sea and its higher altitude.

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Valladolid is drier than Spain's northern coastal regions, although there is year-round precipitation.

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Valladolid was repopulated by people from the lands of Carrion and Saldana.

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In 1506, Christopher Columbus died in Valladolid "still convinced that he had reached the Indies" in a house that is a museum dedicated to him.

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Valladolid's favoured the Ebolist Party, one of the two leading factions of the Court of Philip II, in competition with the albistas.

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Valladolid was granted the status of city in 1596, becoming a bishopric.

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Valladolid is a municipality, the basic local administrative division in Spain.

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The Ayuntamiento de Valladolid is the body charged with the municipal government and administration.

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Valladolid renewed his spell for a second mandate following the 2019 election.

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Education management and policing in Valladolid depends on the Ministry of Education of the Government of Castile and Leon, the department responsible for the education at the regional level, both at the university and non-university level.

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Unfinished Cathedral of Valladolid, initially projected by Juan de Herrera in the 16th century experienced protracted building works owing to financial problems and its main body was not opened until 1668.

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Valladolid will become the hub for all AVE lines connecting the north and north-west of Spain with the rest of the country.

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Valladolid stands out for having been the residence of the author of Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes, as well as authors such as Jose Zorrilla or Miguel Delibes and the thrust of its University.

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Valladolid has a bread to go with every dish, like the delicious cuadros from Medina del Campo, the muffins, the pork-scratching bread and the lechuguinos, with a pattern of concentric circles that resemble a head of lettuce.

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Pastries and baked goods from the province of Valladolid are well-known, specially St Mary's ring-shaped pastries, St Claire's sponge cakes, pine nut balls and cream fritters.

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CBC Valladolid is the city's new basketball team since the dissolution of CB Valladolid in 2015.

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