Pesquera de Duero is the town in Ribera del Duero that has the most emblematic wine labels. If you already know this town, its porticoed main square; the Church of San Juan Bautista from the 16th century; the Hermitage of Cristo del Humilladero with a curious bas-relief of the Descent on the façade; the Hermitage of the Virgen de los Rubialejos from the 18th century and of course, some of its wineries, very close, we recommend another visit that will not leave you indifferent, Valbuena de Duero.
From Pesquera de Duero to Valbuena de Duero there are just 12 kilometers that you can do hiking, cycling or driving; a trip that, without a doubt, you will love.
Its roots as Valbuena de Duero (Valle Bueno) date back to the Middle Ages, although there are remains of previous occupations, both Vaccean and Roman. During the Middle Ages, its security was based on the natural defenses provided by the Duero River and the walls that surrounded it, of which today only a few vestiges remain, such as the Access Arch attached to the west wall of the Church of Santa María. the Mayor of the Castle, as well as some remains inside the Town Hall.
An unavoidable landmark in Valbuena de Duero is the Monastery of Santa María de Valbuena, which dates back to the 12th century. This monastery, located in the district of San Bernardo, is an asset of cultural interest, which was inaugurated by Estefanía Armengol, in 1143. Since its beginnings, this monastery played a central role in the founding of other Cistercian monasteries, such as Rioseco or Palazuelos.
The architectural complex of the monastery is a true jewel dating back to the 12th century. Its façade is characterized by its imposing solidity, following the architectural standards of the time. Inside, you can admire the typical characteristics of Benedictine architecture, present in the church, the cloister, the chapter house, the refectory or the bedrooms, essential parts of this magnificent architectural complex. Along its corridors and corners, you can see valuable samples of medieval art, as well as its evolution over the centuries.
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In Valbuena, the Parish Church of Santa María la Mayor del Castillo also stands out, which was built in a neoclassical style in the 18th century. Inside, you can admire valuable Franco-Gothic paintings from the 13th century.
The Ribera del Duero is surrounded by towns with a lot of history, rich in historical, gastronomic and wine-growing heritage, which is very much worth discovering.