Seeing Palencia from the eyes of the Cristo del Otero

The Victorio Macho interpretation centre is a cultural space located at the foot of the Cristo del Otero in the capital of Palencia. A place that has been transformed to house and commemorate the work of the sculptor Victorio Macho, through a large collection of his sculptures and drawings.

Its attractions also include an exciting virtual reality experience that allows visitors to enjoy 3D views from the 21-metre high Cristo del Otero. This initiative, launched by the Department of Tourism of the City Council of Palencia, has been designed and programmed with an application that combines 3D scenarios with aerial filming in 360 degrees for VR glasses Oculus Quest 2/meta.

The experience offers a journey through the interior of the sculpture that allows you to enjoy spectacular views of the city, the Cathedral, the historic centre and the Canal de Castilla.

On the other hand, the permanent exhibition of the artist Victorio Macho, has four thematic episodes. These show plans, explanatory panels, photographs, sketches, busts and moulds of sculptures that the author created throughout his career. Visitors can also find anecdotes and curiosities about the construction of the famous Cristo del Otero. It should be noted that admission to this exhibition is free to the public.

In June 2021, as part of the celebrations for the 90th anniversary of the Cristo del Otero, the permanent exhibition of the artist was extended. This extension includes the exhibition of 24 unpublished drawings by the author, painted in pencil and ink. The documentary “Victorio Macho. Universal Palencia-born sculptor” was shown in the museum’s audiovisual room. This documentary tells the story of the artist’s life and work, which makes the experience at the interpretation centre even more exciting.

The opening hours of the Victorio Macho interpretation centre are as follows:

  • Timetable May
    • Friday, from 4.30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Saturdays, from 10.30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Sundays, from 10.30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • On 1 and 2 May, open in the morning and afternoon.
  • Timetables June, July, August and September
    • Open daily from 10.30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8.30 p.m., except Mondays.

You can also take a virtual tour here

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