Badajoz is the capital of the Province of Badajoz in the autonomous community of Extremadura, Spain, situated close to the Portuguese border, on the left bank of the river Guadiana, and the Madrid–Lisbon railway.

Badajoz is the see of a bishopric. It occupies a slight eminence, crowned by the ruins of a Moorish castle, and overlooking the Guadiana. A strong wall and bastions, with a broad moat and outworks, and forts on the surrounding heights, give the city an appearance of great strength. The river, which flows between the castle-hill and the powerfully armed fort of San Cristobal, is crossed by a magnificent granite bridge, originally built in 1460, repaired in 1597 and rebuilt in 1833. The whole aspect of Badajoz recalls its stormy history; even the cathedral, built in 1238, resembles a fortress, with massive walls.

Main sights

    • The Alcazaba, a Moorish citadel built in the 9th century and remade by the Almohads in the 12th century.
    • Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, dating from the 13th century
    • La Giralda, a replica of the Giralda of Seville.
    • Jardines de la Galera
    • Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáne

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