International Studies Abroad ®est. 1987



Location: Spain


The city of Burgos, is a vibrant yet orderly medium-sized city with enormous historical significance as the historic capital of the Crown of Castile. Founded in the year 884 by Diego Porcelos, the medieval city showed its splendor from the 10th to the 16th centuries when it was a commercial as well as a political hub. Christopher Columbus met the Catholic Monarchs, Isabella and Ferdinand, here in the palace of the Condestables to discuss his second voyage to the New World.

The Gothic Cathedral, World Heritage Site and one of Europe's best and purest examples, speaks volumes about the religious, political and economic power of Burgos at the time of its building (S.XIII-XV). It has always been the emblem and centerpiece of the city, as well as an important stop for religious pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago or Way of Saint James. During the 19th century, some of the medieval architectural heritage was destroyed as private homes were erected to accommodate the middle and upper classes' hunger for modernization. Students gain a sense of this and other historical shifts while visiting Burgos' Museum of Human Evolution: here they can appreciate, with help from archaeological remains, how a prehistoric settlement of Atapuerca would emerge as an important trading center and eventually an important political capital.

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