Do you know where the largest square in Spain is?

In Medina del Campo, and it is 14,000 square metres in size

Spain’s largest town square is on our route network. Specifically, in Medina del Campo, and its extension is 14,000 square metres. There, at a simple glance, you will find the three great secular powers of Spain: the Church, the Town Hall and the Crown. We invite you to get to know it a little better.

Medina del Campo is an important part of the history of Spain. Proof of this is that one of the highlights of the so-called War of the Communities took place there in 1520; and also that its fair was internationally renowned during the Middle Ages. And that is already a major word, at a time when travel was not as simple or as safe as it is today.

© Ramón Cienfuegos Peña.

A town that can boast of many things. Amongst them, the fact that it has the largest main square in Spain – the Plaza Mayor de la Hispanidad – which is the origin of the Castilian main squares, covering nearly 14,000 square metres; which, from a town planning point of view, was born as such at the beginning of the 15th century by the hand of the Infante Don Fernando de Antequera. A place designed as a crossroads to house those fairs where the three greats of Spain have been concentrated for centuries: the Church, the municipality – in this case, its town hall – and the Crown – the Royal Testamentary Palace, where Queen Isabel signed her will and later died. You only have to take a few steps back to contemplate those three buildings and what they represent in their entirety.
Of special interest is the Collegiate Church of San Antolín, with its impressive stone date and its tower of no less interest; and its balcony of the Virgen del Pópulo, facing outwards to attend mass without having to be in the church.

©José Del Campo Bada.

By the way, the fact that the Church has and has had a physical representation in the square has its meaning: in the Middle Ages, during the time of fairs, the transactions that were carried out were worthless until the priest finished the rite. Hence the famous phrase “And that’s that, no arguments.

SOURCE: Web Medina del Campo


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