Church of San Francisco 

 

The Church of San Francisco is located at Plaza de San Francisco. It was constructed in 1219 by the Franciscan friars. Two large fires in 1580 and 1659 destroyed the archives and library and the building has to be reconstructed in 1664. This had four large cloisters. In 1808 it was occupied by the troops of Napoleon and these troops damaged the church and convent very much. In 1836 when the government nationalized all convents and churches, the Franciscan friars had to leave the convent. Since 1951 the convent has been assigned to the Jesuits by the Bishop of Palencia. The church has been declared a Monument of Cultural Interest. The main nave is 39 meters long and 13 meters wide. The apse contains the coat of arms of the Mendoza Family. The choir was constructed in 1510 and is decorated with the coat of arms of Bishop Juan de Castilla, and there is a Baroque organ. The façade has a rose window that imitates the Gothic style but was built at the end of the 19th century.