In the center of the original city center is Plaza Mayor, with stone houses surrounding a bandstand. From Plaza Mayor you can take the road leading to the pools to go up to Los Pinos overlook, where you can enjoy the best panoramic view of Briviesca.
On the eastern side of the plaza is the tower of the Soto de Guzmán palace (from the 17th century) which has been the seat of the town hall since 1856. To the right you’ll find San Martín Church, a Gothic building refurbished in the 16th century. Its plateresque façade is very deteriorated. The three interior naves are covered with a Gothic-style dome. It houses various tombs and a 17th-century Baroque altarpiece presided over by the figure of San Martín, bishop of Tours. The Capilla de las Viejas, which precedes the sacristy, has a Hispanic-Flemish altarpiece created between 1490 and 1515; the tomb of don Pedro and his wife Teresa Ruíz are found there. The Capilla del Carmen possesses a 16th-century figure of Christ that is highly venerated in Briviesca.
At the beginning of Calle de Medina you’ll find the Casona de los Martínez de España, doubly emblazoned as it also includes the wife’s family crest. This 1718 building is presided over by a façade with a balcony with paintings of angels in the corners and a rococo mythological figure placed above the entrance.
To the right you’ll find the Torre palace with its magnificent crest from the 17th century. The building consists of a rectangular tower divided into four parts and an attached building with a row of balconies from which you can see the arms of the Torre and Ortiz-Vela families.
Interior of San Martín Church
By way of Calle Mayor you will arrive at Santa María Church, the first collegiate church in the diocese of Burgos until the 19th century. Its construction was finished in 1794 with a simple neoclassical façade and two towers. Inside there are three naves and baroque décor, baroque altarpieces, and Renaissance chapels such as Santa Casilda which is distinguished for its altarpiece of 11,000 Virgins, made out of walnut wood. It also houses two Gothic tombs with a pointed arcosolium. In 1983 it was declared a national historical-artistic monument, and it can only be visited on Good Friday.
Santa Clara Convent is the most important monument in Briviesca. Founded by Mencía de Velasco in 1517, it is in the Renaissance style, and its monastery, church, hospital, and ancestral mansion extend along Calle del Duque de Frías. The 16th-century convent church, the work of Pedro de Rasines and Gil de Hontañón, stands out. Its 1547 altarpiece was carved from walnut wood by Pedro López de Gámiz.
Along Calle Juan de Ayolas is the renovated Paseo de la Taconera, and from Parque de la Florida and its monument to the Courts and the Prince of Asturias, you can begin the trail that follows the course of the Oca River.
Santa Casilda Sanctuary, 11 km to the northeast, was consecrated in the 11th century in honor of the saint, the daughter of the Moorish king Al-Mamún of Toledo who converted to Christianity and retired here to lead an eremitical life. The current building is from the 16th century, as well as the statue of the saint, the work of Diego de Siloé installed in a baroque altarpiece. Many votive offerings hang from its walls.
Twenty-two kilometers to the southeast is the furrier town of Belorado, which is home to San Pedro Church (17th century), distinguished for its baroque altarpiece, as well as Santa María Church (16thcentury), with a beautiful Renaissance chapel. A short distance away there are the caves of San Caprasio.