The Museum of Zamora is in the Plaza of Santa Lucia and it is well worth visiting. We looked down into the museum complex, with its resident stork, from our room in the paradore
The museum is next to the Church of Santa Lucia which dates from the end of the 12th century. The museum complex stands next to the curtain walls and in the Puebla del Valle. Today the church stores museum property and but it is not open to the public. Visits are by appointment.
The Palace of the Cordon dates from the beginning of the 16th century and is one part of the museum. It belonged to the Counts of Punonrostro.
Inside the museum
The museum has a number of Roman items and this large mosaic from a Roman villa near Santa Cristina de la Polvorosa was stunning. The sculptures of Seneca and Neron are by a contemporary Zamora sculptor.
The Treasure of Arrabalde dates from 200-100BC and was found in the Castro Las Labradas near Arrabalde, north of Zamora. The jewellery belonged to Celtiberian people who colonised the north west of Iberia from c.600BC until the Romans dominated the country in the last century BC. We were to find more information about one of the Celtiberian cities, Numantia, in Soria later in the trip.
Under the walls
The Museum in Zamora is beautifully laid out, in an interesting site, but a visit like this leaves you wondering if there will be enough time to fill all the gaps in your knowledge!
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