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Caceres, Spain - attractions, pictures

 

Caceres - it is the city with about 100 thousand inhabitants, attracts crowds of tourists who want to look at the medieval streets that have remained almost unchanged. The old city is not big, but it makes a very solid impression - there is not a single building that is knocked out of the general concept. If there was something built recently, they could do it in such a way that no traces of modernity are noticeable.
The bus station is quite far from the sights.

The survey is logical to start from the Main Square, because it is located on the outskirts of the old city.

 

 Caceres. Main square

Main square
Plaza Mayor

 

Before the Plaza Mayor (if you go from the side of the bus station) - Church of St. John. Previously, it was called the San Juan de los Ovejeros, because the farmers who visited the town stayed in the area.

 

 Caceres. Church of St. John

 Church of St. JohnJohn
Iglesia de San Juan Bautista (XIII-XVIII century)

 

 Caceres. Church of St. John

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

 

If you approach the main square from the opposite side, the main landmark is the church of St. Jacob. It was built in the XVI century on the basis of another church that existed since the XII century.

 

 Caceres. Church of St. Jacob

Church of St. Jacob
Iglesia de Santiago (XVI century) 

 

 Caceres. Church of St. Jacob

 Church of St. Jacob
Iglesia de Santiago (XVI century) 

 

 Caceres. Church of St. Jacob

 Church of St. Jacob
Iglesia de Santiago (XVI century) 

 

The Soledad Chapel is also outside the old city. It was built on the site of the former hospital XIII-XIV centuries and at one time was the residence of the exotic order (which existed exclusively in the Caceres) of the Royal Brotherhood of Solitude and the Holy Burial (Ilustre y Real Cofradía de la Soledad y el Santo Entierro).

 

 Caceres. The Chapel of Solitude

The Chapel of Solitude
 Ermita de la Soledad (XV century)

 

On the main square the main attraction is the chapel of the Peace with the surrounding Bukhako tower and the gate of the Star.
The chapel, according to the description, is baroque (what is baroque in it, I do not understand). It was built on top of the more ancient chapel of San Benito (XIII century), the remains of which can be seen inside.
The Tower of Bujaco is one of the symbols of Caceres. Its present form it acquired as a result of the restructuring of the XVIII century. Before that, it was called the New Tower (Torre Nueva) and was built in the XII century from the stones of Roman buildings. Bujaco is the distorted name of Caliph Abu Ya`qub, who captured the Caceres in 1173 after a six-month siege.
Arch of the Star - the main city gate. In the XVIII century. they replaced the older design of the 15th century, which could no longer provide a normal passage for the increased number of vehicles. The name of the gate was obtained from the statue of Our Lady of the Star, located on the back side of the gate, but where does the statue have such a name - history is silent. The arch is famous for the fact that in this place the Catholic kings Ferdinand and Isabella confirmed the city privileges of Caceres.

 

 Caceres. Tower of Bujaco, chapel of the Peace and the arch of the Star

 Tower of Bujaco, chapel of the Peace and the arch of the Star
Torre de Bujaco, Ermita de la Paz y Arco de la Estrella (XVIII century) 

 

 Caceres. Arch of the Star

 Arch of the Star
Arco de la Estrella (XVIII century) 

 
 Caceres. Arch of the Star

 Arch of the Star
Arco de la Estrella (XVIII century) 

 

It is clear that all this used to be an urban wall. Fragments of the wall and the off-grained towers are scattered all over the old city. The wall was built by the Romans, and then, of course, it was repeatedly rebuilt.

 

 Caceres. City Wall

 City Wall
Murallas 

 

The tower of the Pulpit, the only one built after the capture of the city by King Leon Alfonso IX (1229). Unlike other towers (adobe, or brick), it consists of stone blocks. It could be climbed from the adjoining palace - its inhabitants from the height of the tower admired what was happening on the Main Square. Well, preaching, apparently, it was said, since it is so called.

 

 Caceres. The tower of the Pulpit

 The tower of the Pulpit
Torre de los Pulpitos (XV century) 

 

Many towers coexist with houses, because the buildings were often located near the city wall, and even built into it.
Well, in general, the civil architecture of the city is represented by the remnants of the wall with towers and houses of the nobility.

 

 Caceres. The Tower and Palace of Bishop Halars

The Tower and Palace of Bishop Halars
Palacio y Torre de los Galarza (XVI century) 

 

 Caceres. Carvajal Palace

Дворец Карвахал
Palacio de Carvajal (XVI century) 

 

 Caceres. The Palace of Blaskes, the Marquis de la Isla

The Palace of Blaskes, the Marquis de la Isla
Palacio de la Isla (XVI century) 

 

 Caceres. The Palais of Francisco Godoy

The Palais of Francisco Godoy
Palacio de Francisco de Godoy (XVIcentury) 

 

The Palace of Provincial Deputies was originally part of the monastery of Santa Maria de Jesus and only in the XIX century passed into the municipal possession.

 

 Caceres. Palace of Provincial Deputies

 Palace of Provincial Deputiesties
Palacio de la Deputacion Provincial (XV century)

 

The palace of the Golphines family - the largest in the city, consisted of twenty buildings. In this palace in 1480 the Catholic Kings Ferdinand and Isabella stayed.

 

 Caceres. Palais Golphines de Abajo

 Palais Golphines de Abajo
Palacio de los Golfines de Abajo (XV century)

 

The house of the Solis family is also called the house of the Sun, since the coat of arms above the gate contains the image of the sun with snakes instead of rays. According to legend, the ancestor of the family received the title of grandee for having delivered the letter of the Queen from Caceres to the capital (then it was Valladolid) in one day.

 

 Caceres. House of the Sol

House of the Sol
Casa del Sol (XVI century) 

 

 Caceres. The family house of Sande

The family house of Sande
Casa del Aguila (XVI century) 

 

The palace of the Storks was built by captain Diego de Ovando on the ruins of the Arab palace. As for the storks. In Caceres there are a lot of them, so that these birds are considered one of the symbols of the city. A very high tower, apparently they were especially attracted as a place for nesting - hence the name. By the way, the tower is higher than allowed by the then rules and permission for its construction was given to Diego, as a member of the Royal Council, directly to Queen Isabella.

 

 Caceres. Palace of the Storks

Palace of the Storks
Palacio de las Giguenas (XV century)

 

The house of Diego Garcia de Uoya is distinguished by Gothic turrets on the facade. The owner of the house was a notable figure in the Caceres. He founded the monastery of St. Francis, and during a Queen's visit to the Caceres (1477) he was chosen to offer Isabella the keys to the city.

 

 Caceres. The house of Diego Garcia de Uoya

The house of Diego Garcia de Uoya
Casa de Diego Garcia de Ulloa "El Rico" (XV century)

 

 Caceres. Palace of the Marquis of Torreorgas

  Palace of the Marquis of Torreorgas
Palacio de los marqueses de Torreorgaz (XIV-XVI century)

 

The main church of Caceres is the Concathedral. of St. Maria. The status of the place where the second chair of the diocese is located (in this case, the main Episcopal chair is in Soria Cathedral), the church received not so long ago (in 1957), but in general the cathedral is quite old. Construction began in the late fifteenth century, but, as was then accepted, not from scratch, but over the existing church of the 13th century.

 

 Caceres. Concathedral. of St. Maria

 Concathedral. of St. Maria
Concatedral de Santa Maria (XV-XVI century)

 

The fact that the bishop was often in the Caceres before, is evidenced by the presence of the Episcopal palace near the Cathedral of St. Mary.

 

 Caceres. Episcopal palace

 Episcopal palace
Palasio Episcopal (XV-XVI century)

 

Complex the church of St. Francis and the adjacent college - one of the youngest in the old town. It was built by the Jesuits in the 18th century in the style of local baroque. There is no white stone facade characteric of the Jesuit churches, but there are two completely Extremadura-type bell towers.

 

 Caceres. Церковь св. Франциска

 Church of St. Francis
Iglesia de San Francisco Javier (XVIII century)

 

 Caceres. Church of St. Francis

 Church of St. Francis
Iglesia de San Francisco Javier (XVIII century)

 

 Caceres. Jesuit College

 Jesuit College
Colegio de la Compania de Jesus (XVIII century)

 

Church of St. Matthew was built over three centuries, because of which in its appearance you can find signs and Gothic, and Renaissance, and Baroque. Under the Arabs, a mosque stood on this site, and the neighborhood surrounding this mosque was the place where the Muslim noblemen lived.

 

 Caceres. Church of St. Matthew

Church of St. Matthew
Iglesia de San Mateo (XIV-XVI century) 

 

Monastery of St. Paul survived quite well - as a complex of buildings, and not just a church. He is still active, there are several clerics living here.

 

 

 Caceres. Monastery of St. Paul

Monastery of St. Paul
Convento de San Pablo (XV century) 

 

 Caceres. Monastery of St. Paul

Monastery of St. Paul
Convento de San Pablo (XV century) 

 

In the city there is another monastery of Clarissa, also active - St. Clara.

 

 Caceres. Monastery of St. Clara

 Monastery of St. Clara
Convento de de Santa Clara (XVII century)

 

Caceres is a very interesting city, it is very desirable to visit it, and one day it is not enough to visit all the sights.

 

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