Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain

Cáceres is the capital of the same name province, in the autonomous community of Extremadura, Spain. As of 2009, its population was 91,131 inhabitants. The municipio has a land area of 1,750.33 km², and is the largest in geographical extension in Spain. There have been settlements near Cáceres since prehistoric times. Evidence of this can be found in the caves of Maltravieso and El Conejar. The city was founded by the Romans in 25 BC. The old town (Ciudad Monumental) still has its ancient walls; this part of town is also well known for its multitude of storks’ nests. The walls contain a medieval town setting with no outward signs of modernity, which is why many films have been shot there. The Universidad de Extremadura, and two astronomical observatories are situated in Cáceres. The city is also a seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Coria-Cáceres. Cáceres was declared a World Heritage City by UNESCO in 1986 because of the city’s blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. Thirty towers from the Muslim period still stand in Cáceres, of which the Torre del Bujaco is the most famous.

Cathedrals and churches

  • Church and convent of San Pablo (15th century)
  • Convent of la Compañía de Jesus, in Baroque style, today used for art exhibitions
  • Church of Santa María, cathedral built in the 13th century, in Gothic style
  • Iglesia de San Mateo, a 15th century church built on the site of a former mosque
  • Iglesia de San Francisco Javier (18th century), in Baroque style
  • Iglesia de San Juan, large majestic church built between the 13th and 15th century
  • Hermitage of San Antonio Iglesia de Santo Domingo
  • Hermitage de la Paz
  • Church of Santiago

Wall

  • Torre de Bujaco (12th century)
  • Arco de la Estrella (18th century)
  • Torre de Sande (14th-15th centuries)
  • Torre de los Púlpitos
  • Torre de la Hierba
  • Arco de Santa Ana
  • Torre del Horno
  • Torre del Postigo
  • Torre Redonda
  • Torre Desmochada
  • Arco del Cristo
  • Arco del Socorro

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