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Trujillo, Spain - attractions, pictures

 

Trujillo is a major tourist center not only of Extremadura, but of Spain in general, thanks to the fact that its historical core has remained almost intact.
The city itself is very small (about 10 thousand inhabitants). If you are going to go there by public transport, keep in mind that the bus station is on the outskirts, and go quite far - not only to the old city, but generally to the place where you can stay. The bus station, by the way, is completely new, there are free (!) automatic cells for luggage. For me, it was important, because I visited the city in transit, but, in general, this is not a very good option - for a partial day to see everything is unrealistic.

 Trujillo. View from the Alcazaba

Trujillo

 

The central square of the new city is located near the Dominican monastery, which once started to be built quite far from the city walls, in the suburbs. In the XIX century the monastery was significantly expanded.

 

 Trujillo. Dominican Monastery of the Incarnation of the Lord

 Dominican Monastery of the Incarnation of the Lord
Convento de Domingos de la Encarnacion (XVI-XIX century)

 

Near the charitable hospital and the church of St. Lorentz (built somewhat later, apparently for the needs of the hospital). The hospital building since the XVI century was used, in the same way, as a theater.

 

 Trujillo. Charitable hospital and the church of St. Lorentz

 Charitable hospital and the church of St. Lorentz
Hospital de la Caridad y iglesia de San Lorenzo (XVI-XVII century) 

 

On the same square there is another building used for theater needs. I do not know, the residents of Trujillo were such inveterate theatergoers or actors could not decide where they liked, but in the 16th century for the theater the city granary was also converted. By the way, modern city theater is located just a few steps from the same square, again in another building :), and in the former barn in the late XIX century the city government moved. Now, of course, it is difficult to see the granary here.

 

 Trujillo. Granary, then theater and city administration

 Granary, then theater and city administrationtion
Alhondiga, casa de Comedias y Ayuntamiento  (XVI century) 

 

In the suburbs there were several more monasteries.
One of them - the not-so-famous Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy (Mercenaries) is famous for the fact that in 1626-1629 his prior was Gabriel Teles Tirso de Molina - a famous playwright. Returning to the topic of the theater - apparently, it was very important for the citizens of that time, since even the abbot of the monastery wrote plays. In my opinion, quite a strange occupation for a monk. Nevertheless, he is considered the "parent" of the image of don Juan.

 

 Trujillo. Monastery of Mercenaries

Monastery of Mercenaries
Convento de la Merced (XVI-XVIII century) 

 

Another suburban monastery (now, of course, all these former suburbs are in the city) - a monastery of barefoot Franciscans. And nearby there was also a Dominican monastery (St. Michael), from which nothing remained.

 

 Trujillo. Monastery of St. Antony

Monastery of St. Antony
Convento de Franciscanas descalzas de San Antonio (XVI-XVII century) 

 

The old town of Trujillo is located on a hill.
At the very top, of course, is a fortress, traditionally called in the Arabic manner - Alcazaba, as it was built during the Umayyad period. By subsequent rulers, the fortress was strengthened and completed. Recent changes are dated to the XVIII century.
The best preserved walls and later structures, built already with the Christian kings.

 

 Trujillo. Alcazaba

Alcazaba Trujillo
Alcazaba (IX-X century) 

 

 Trujillo. Alcazaba

Alcazaba Trujillo
Alcazaba (IX-X century) 

 

 Trujillo. Reservoir with water in the fortress

 Reservoir with water in the fortress
La Alberca

 Trujillo. Reservoir with water in the fortress

 Reservoir with water in the fortress
La Alberca

 Trujillo. Walls of the fortress

 Walls of the fortress Trujillo
Alcazaba

 Trujillo. Church of the True Cross in Alcazaba

 Church of the True Cross in Alcazaba
Iglesia de Vera Cruz in Alcazaba (XII-XVII century)

 

The hill below seems not so much, but, in fact, the height is decent.

 

 Trujillo.View from the Alcazaba

View from the Alcazaba 

On the main square of the old city stands a monument to the local native Francisco Pissarro, conquistador, the conqueror of the Inca empire in Peru. Personality, of course, famous, but not an example for imitation, in the sense of moral qualities. However, the statue was established long ago, at the beginning of the XX century (and simultaneously with its two copies - in Lima and Buffalo)

 

 Trujillo.  Plaza Mayor

 Plaza Mayor

 

Palace Pissarro, on the same main square, stands out even among the far from poor houses of its surrounding. It was built after the death of Francisco, his brother Hernando, and probably on the gold mined in Peru.

 

 Trujillo. Palace Pissarro

 Palace Pissarro
Palacio de los Pissaro (XVI century)

 

Other palaces, however, are also quite good, especially in comparison with the nobility resembling small fortresses in the Castilian cities. By the way, in the city there is another house Pissarro, which can be considered an example of such a house-fortress. It is no longer located on the main square, but inside the walls. This, apparently, is the place where the family lived before the Francisco expedition. Feel the difference.

 

 Trujillo. Pissarro's House

 Pissarro's House
Casa de los Pizarro (XV century)

 

 Trujillo. Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor

 

 Trujillo. Palace of Orelana Toledo

 Palace of Orelana Toledo
Palacio de los Orelana Toledo (XVI century)

 

 Trujillo. Carvajal Vargas Palace

Carvajal Vargas Palace
Palacio de los Carvajal Vargas (XVI century)

 

Church of St. Marten is the natural dominant of the main square. It was also built in the 16th century, on treasures coming from the New World, on the basis of a partially destroyed church of the 14th century.

 

 Trujillo. Church of St. Marten

Church of St. Marten
Iglesia de San Martin de Tours (XIV-XVI century) 

 

 Trujillo. Church of St. Marten

Church of St. Marten
Iglesia de San Martin de Tours (XIV-XVI century) 

 

 Trujillo. Church of St. Marten

Church of St. Marten
Iglesia de San Martin de Tours (XIV-XVI century)

 

The main square with the church of St. Marten is outside the fortress wall, and all other churches are inside.
The same gate leads to the church of St. Jacob.
Its main shrine is the Savior's statue of "water". This water is a reference to the text of the Gospel, where it is described how, after the death of Jesus, "blood and water" came out of his body, which was proof of his human nature. In this case it is a widespread allegory of Christ as the source of life.
Even in the church there is a small museum, recreating the interior of the room of the priest, who lived at the church.

 

 Trujillo. Gates of St. Jacob

Gates of St. Jacob
Puerta de Santiago

 

 Trujillo. Church of St. Jacob

Church of St. Jacob
Iglesia de Santiago (XIII-XVII century) 

 

 

 Trujillo. Church of St. Jacob

Church of St. Jacob
Iglesia de Santiago (XIII-XVII century) 

 

 Trujillo. Church of St. Jacob

Church of St. Jacob
Iglesia de Santiago (XIII-XVII century) 

 

 Trujillo. Church of St. Jacob

Church of St. Jacob
Iglesia de Santiago (XIII-XVII century) 

 

 Trujillo. The Most Savior of "water"

The Most Savior of "water"
Santisimo Cristo de las Aguas (XIV century) 

 

The main church of St. Mary in Trujillo is considered the second most important in the region (after the cathedral of Palencia). From the original church built in 1270, the eastern tower (Torre Julia) was preserved. Construction continued in the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries, and the second tower was completed in the 18th century.

 

 Trujillo. The main church of St. Mary

  The main church of St. Mary
Iglesia de Santa Maria la Mayor (XIII-XVI century)

 

 Trujillo. The main church of St. Mary

 The main church of St. Mary
Iglesia de Santa Maria la Mayor (XIII-XVI century)

 

These two churches are the largest buildings inside the city walls. All other buildings are squat and unattractive.

 

 Trujillo. The monastery of Hieronymus st. Mary Magdalene

 The monastery of Hieronymus st. Mary Magdalene
Convento de Jeronimas de Santa Maria Magdalena (XV century)

 

 Street in the old Trujillo

Street in the old Trujillo 

 

 Trujillo.

 Trujillo

 

Once again I say - despite the small size of the city, one day for his inspection is extremely inadequate. And, although housing here, as in any tourist place, is quite expensive, it's better to stop for a couple of days.

 

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