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Badajoz, Spain - attractions, pictures

Badajoz - the largest city of Extremadura, the number of inhabitants is close to 150 thousand people. It is located practically on the border with Portugal (up to 10 km.).
There is no compact old city, the sights are scattered in different places.

 

 Badajoz.

 Badajoz

 

 Badajoz. Центральная улица

Badajoz

 

The Church of Our Lady of Solitude was built in the middle of the 17th century specially for placing there at the same time the manufactured image of St. Mary. The building was badly damaged during the War of Independence, and at the beginning of the 20th century was finally dismantled for the sake of building a new church that opened in 1935. Despite its relative youth, it is one of Badajoz symbols, in large part because of the revered image that is considered the saint patron of the city.

 

 Badajoz. Church of Our Lady of Solitude

Church of Our Lady of Solitude
Ermita de la Soledad (XX century)

 

 Badajoz. Church of Our Lady of Solitude

 Church of Our Lady of Solitude
Ermita de la Soledad (XX century)

 

In Badajoz there is a fortress called the Arab Alcazaba. It appeared in the 9th century, simultaneously with the city. Strictly speaking, Badajoz was founded as a fortress at the confluence of the rivers of the Guadiana and the Riviglia, in order to control the way to Portugal and protect it from other Arabs - Maghreb nomads. We are now seeing the result of the reconstruction by the Almohads (XII century).
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 Badajoz. Arab Alcazaba

Arab Alcazaba
La Alcazaba Arabe (IX-XII century)

 

 Badajoz. Arab Alcazaba

 Arab Alcazaba
La Alcazaba Arabe (IX-XII century)

 

 Badajoz. Arab Alcazaba

 Arab Alcazaba
La Alcazaba Arabe (IX-XII century)

 

After the conquest of Badajoz by Christians, another building appeared in the fortress - the palace of the Dukes of La Rocca, also called the palace of Feria. Now here is the Archaeological Museum.

 

 Badajoz. Palace of the Dukes of La Rocca in Alcazaba

 Palace of the Dukes of La Rocca in Alcazaba
Palacio de los Condes de la Roca (XV-XVII century)

 

In the San Jose square, just in front of Alcazaba, there are two interesting buildings - the Mudejar house and the monastery of St. Joseph.
Mudejars in Christian Spain called the descendants of the Arabs, or even Muslims. In this house parts of the earlier structures were preserved - inside the house of the Almohad era (XII century), and outside even Visigothic capitals (VI-VII century). In the Middle Ages, the whole area was surrounded by similar houses.
Now here is the tourist information center, apparently, visitors are not spoiled. The woman working there was very pleased with me, gave me a bunch of booklets, talked about local attractions for a long time and was interested in my plans. :)

 

 Badajoz. Mudejar house

Mudejar house
La Casa Mudejar (XIV-XV century)

 

The monastery of St. Joseph, inside which there is a chapel of the XII century, was built in 1917. Despite the youth, the building is very beautiful.

 

 Badajoz. The monastery of St. Joseph

 The monastery of St. Joseph
Convento de San Jose (XX century)

 

To the square of St. Joseph adjoins picturesque Old Square. Once these two squares were one whole, then Old Square was allocated for the market, and later they tried to turn it into a traditional Castilian plaza Major.

 

 Badajoz. Old Square

 Old Square
Plaza Alta (XVII century)

 

As the city grew, it was surrounded by new walls, which were built until the XVIII century. In the wall, of course, made gates and bastions, called baluarte. It was the gates with the bastions that were mostly preserved.

 

 Badajoz. City Wall

 City Wall
Muralles

 

The palm gates were opened at the same time as the bridge on the road leading to Portugal. In them, in addition to the garrison, there were duty collection services. At the top is a chapel with the image of Our Lady of the Angels.

 

 Badajoz.  The palm gates

 The palm gates
Puerta de Palmas (XV century)

 

 Badajoz.  The palm gates

 The palm gates
Puerta de Palmas (XV century)

 

 Badajoz. Pillar gate

Pillar gate
La Puerta del Pilar (XVII century)

 

Monastery of St. Anna, who has snow-white walls on all sites describing Badajoz sights, met me with a cheerful orange glow. :)

 

 Badajoz. The Royal Monastery of St. Anna

 The Royal Monastery of St. Anna
El Real Monasterio de Santa Ana (XVI century)

 

The monastery of the Virgin of Mercy used to be much larger, but in the process of secularization of the XIX century part of the monastery buildings sold at auction, so, now it's actually just a church.

 

 Badajoz. The monastery of the Virgin of Mercy

 The monastery of the Virgin of Mercy
Convento de Nuestra Senora de la Merced de las Descalzas (XIV-XVIII century)

 

New Cathedral of St. John the Baptist began to build two years after the conquest of Badajoz by Christian kings (1232) and built the next four hundred years. Although, the main part of the building was ready already in the XIII century - the Cathedral was consecrated in 1276. Initially, two belfries were planned, but in the process of construction we decided to manage one.

 

 Badajoz. New Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

 Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Catedral de San Juan Bautista (XIII-XVII century)

 

As it is strange, but in addition to the Cathedral, in Badajoz there is also a church of St. John. The church belonged to the Franciscan monastery, which is no longer there. The monastery existed from the XIII century, but the church building much later.

 

 Badajoz. Church of St. John

 Church of St. John
Iglesia de San Juan Bautista (XVIII century)

 

Church of St. Andrew originally belonged to the monastery of Our Lady of Valverde. Now this monastery is no more, and the church is the result of a large-scale reconstruction of the XIX century.

 

 Badajoz. Church of St. Andrew

 Church of St. Andrew
Iglesia de San Andres (XVI-XIX century)

 

 Badajoz.  Church of St. Andrew

Church of St. Andrew
Iglesia de San Andres (XVI-XIX century)

 

Church of St. Resurrection, perhaps, should simply be called the Franciscan church, for it was also part of the monastery.

 

 Badajoz. Church of St. Resurrection

 Church of St. Resurrection
Iglesia de Santo Domingo (XVI century) 

 

One of the most important events in the recent history of the city is the Battle of Badajoz (1936). This was one of the first victories of the Franks in the Civil War. Badajoz was taken by storm, as a result, two nationalist armies joined, and the Republic was cut off from Portugal.

For sightseeing Badajoz, in principle, and one day is enough. But, the city is convenient, as a base from which you can visit small surrounding towns, including and Portuguese. Since this is the largest local city, there are quite a lot of housing offers and rare tourists come here - the prices for this dwelling are quite moderate.

 

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Tourist map of Badajoz attractions
Tourist map of Badajoz attractions

Map of the center of Badajoz
Map of the center of Badajoz

 

Spanish coins

 

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