Among European cities, Zamora has one of the greatest concentrations of Romanesque churches in its urban centre. For this reason it is known as the ‘ciudad del románico’.
The old walls testify most to Zamora's medieval character. The wonderful doors that welcome the tourist to Zamora: the Puerta de Olivares and Doña Urraca. The first door which is 13th century Romanesque, is encountered after crossing the Puente de Piedra over the river Duero. It is one of the best snapshots of Zamora that the city has to offer: The Cathedral with its dome base, characteristic of Spanish medieval art.
Its name is embellished by some 20 Romanesque buildings which are crammed into its streets and plazas, many of which are cobbled.