Cáceres is a beautiful city located in the Spanish community of Extremadura. A city with a wonderful historical and architectural heritage, so much so that its old town was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Join us on this tour and discover some of the corners of Cáceres that you should not miss. Let’s go?
1. Co-Cathedral of Santa María
One of the most outstanding historical buildings in Cáceres is the Co-Cathedral of Santa María. In fact, it is the most important temple in the city and also the oldest, since its construction was completed between the 15th and 16th centuries, although it was originally from the 13th century.
A Romanesque style temple with a transition to Gothic, although Renaissance features can also be appreciated. Its exterior, made of granite ashlars, is sober, like so many other medieval buildings. Inside, the main altarpiece, in Plateresque style, and the sacristy stand out.
2. Palace of the Golfines de Abajo
Another must-see in Cáceres is this beautiful palace, whose name refers to the family that built it. It is a magnificent building built in the 15th century, although its Plateresque façade is from the 16th century.
From its exterior it is worth highlighting one of its two towers, in which two machicolations and lowered arches can be seen. Inside, we must mention the hall of the lineages, with beautiful polychrome coffered ceilings. This palace was the residence of the Catholic Monarchs on their visits to the city.
3. Corners of Cáceres: Bujaco tower
The Bujaco tower is one of the most recognizable buildings in the Plaza Mayor and one of the emblems of Cáceres. It was built in the Almohad period (12th century) on Roman ashlars. At 25 meters high, it is square in plan and has two central machicolations and one side.
Today, the Bujaco tower is an interpretation center that allows us to learn more about the city’s past. In addition, from its top you can enjoy fabulous views of Cáceres.
4. Palace of the Camarena
It is a beautiful construction that began to be built in the 15th century, although it was not finished until three centuries later. Its beautiful neoclassical façade stands out, although the great surprise awaits inside, where a beautiful Tuscan-style patio is discovered. After a thorough renovation carried out a few decades ago, today interesting exhibitions can be seen here.
5. Palace of the Ovando
It is a Renaissance building built in the 16th century. A palace that was built on the basis of another previous building, in fact, remains of the original tower can still be seen.
Look at the medallions on the façade, in them you can see the figures of Hernando de Ovando and his wife Mencía de Ulloa. You also have to pay attention to the bars and their semicircular doorway.
6. House of the Sánchez Paredes
This fortified house in a predominantly Gothic style is another of the corners of Cáceres that you cannot miss. It is located at the entrance of the monumental complex of the city. It was built in the 15th century, although it has undergone subsequent modifications. It hides a nice interior patio.
7. The Virgin of the Mountain
We now leave the historic center to visit the last of our essential corners of Cáceres. We speak of the sanctuary to the patron saint of the city. The sanctuary was built in the 18th century and has a beautiful Churrigueresque altar. As for the image of the Virgin of the Mountain, it is made of walnut wood and has a height of 58 centimeters .
The sanctuary rises up in the Sierra de la Mosca and it is worth visiting not only for its meaning, but because from it you can see wonderful views of Cáceres.
You have already seen, Cáceres is a city with an impressive historical heritage. A city that will take you back in time when you walk through its streets and discover its squares. Are you going to miss it?
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