The 12th Iberian Congress of Archaeometry will take place in a city with a long-standing artistic heritage, including three UNESCO world heritage sites: the Cathedral of Burgos, the Route of Santiago de Compostela and the Archaeological Site of Atapuerca. The venue itself is a modern landmark: the Complejo de la Evolución Humana, designed by the prestigious architect Juan Navarro Baldeweg. This will be the perfect occasion to enjoy Burgos, a modern city unburdened by the stress of modernity; full of parks, gardens and promenades.
Complex of Human Evolution
The Complex of Human Evolution was designed by the prestigious architect Juan Navarro Baldeweg, and comprises the Museum of Human Evolution, the Forum Evolución Auditorium and Congress Hall, and the Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana (CENIEH), where the 12th Iberian Congress of Archaeometry will be held. Beyond its scientific importance, the Complex is a touristic magnet for the city.
Archaeological Sites of Atapuerca
Declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001, the Archaeological Sites of the Sierra of Atapuerca are the largest hub of knowledge on human evolution. Excavations began in 1978, but it was around 2 million years ago, that the first chapter about the origin of Europeans started to be written in this natural spot.
Declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO as one of the summits of European gothic art, its construction began in the 13th century. One may get a beautiful and changing perspective of this unique monument from anywhere in the old downtown.
Route of Santiago
The geographical location of Burgos is such that over the centuries, millions of European pilgrims have visited the city on their way to the tomb of the Apostle Santiago. In the province of Burgos, the Route of Santiago goes on for 114km from East to West, along the French Way, as described by the monk Aymeric Picaud.
The easiest way to understand the origin and urban development of Burgos is to go up the castle hill and take in the sweeping panorama. Of additional interest are the access gates to the city: the gate of St. Martin, the gate of St. Stephen – both in mudejar style – and the monumental Renaissance gate of St. Mary. Within the city walls, we may also admire a long list of churches, including St. Stephen’s, which hosts the Museum of the Altarpiece, the exquisite late-gothic St. Giles’, and that of St. Nicholas.
This monastical complex of an imposing architecture includes two cloisters, one of them built in Romanesque style; a mudejar chapel, an almohade chapel and a massive church. Now it also houses the Museum of Medieval Fabrics, where many of the fabrics and garments collected from the tombs inside the church are exhibited.
The Chartreuse is an elegant gothic piece and also one of the reference works of architecture from the 15th century. Inside the church stands an impressive altarpiece and one of the best funerary sculpture ensembles in Europe. Both were commissioned by Queen Isabel the Catholic and created by master sculptor Gil of Siloe.