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Zafra, Spain - attractions, pictures

 

Zafra is a small town 80 km. away south-east of Badajoz and 60 km. south of Mérida. The settlement was founded by the Arabs under the name of Kafra, but, the history of Zafra, as a city, began in 1349, when Enrique III transferred these lands to the son of the great master of the of St. James Order Gomez Suárez de Figueroa. He began construction of the castle, which was then completed by his son - Lorenzo Suarez. In addition, the second Figueroa founded the hospital of St. Jacob and completed the monastery of Santa Maria del Valle, which became a family pantheon. Further, the Figueroa family ascended the aristocratic staircase and, together with them, the city grew as the center of their possessions. In 1460 the next Suárez de Figueroa became Count of Feria, in 1567 the fifth Earl achieved the ducal title and was already called Gomez III Suárez de Figueroa and Cordoba.
Accordingly, most of Zafra's historical attractions are connected with the Feria family.
The main attraction of Zafra, of course, is the castle, which, like in many southern regions of Spain, is called, in the Arabic manner, the Alcazar.

 

 Alcázar Zafra

  Zafra Alcázar
Alcazar (XV century)

 

Zafra Castle looks impressive. It is well preserved and, despite the fact that each successive duke considered it his duty to improve something, the original design - a powerful fortress in the Gothic style with Moorish motives, can be seen very well.

 

 Zafra Alcázar

 Zafra Alcázar
Alcazar (XV century)

 

 Zafra Alcázar

 Zafra Alcázar
Alcazar (XV century)

 

 Zafra Alcázar

Zafra Alcázar
Alcazar (XV century)

 

 Zafra Alcázar

 Zafra Alcázar
Alcazar (XV century)

 

Some of the surviving city gates are called Asebuche - this is a variety of olives. Apparently, once they were here a lot, even if the gate is so called.

 

 Zafra. Asebuche Gate

 Asebuche Gate
Puerta del Acebuche (XVII century)

 

The gate of Jerez is the only ones left from the original fortress. The etymology of the name is clear - the road leads to the town of Jerez de los Caballeros, located 40 km. west.

 

 Zafra. Gate of Jerez

Gate of Jerez
Puerta de Jerez (XV century)

 

 Zafra. Cubic arch

Cubic arch
Arco del Cubo (XVII century)

 

 Zafra. Cube Arch and Chapel of Christ on Pose Street

 Cube Arch and Chapel of Christ on Pose Street
Arco del Cubo y Capilla del Cristo del Pozo (XVII century)

 

 Zafra. Palace of the Dukes of Feria

 Palace of the Dukes of Feria
Palacio de los Duqes de Feria (XV-XVII century)

 

Church of St. Mariny - atypical-brick. It was built on the site of the eponymous chapel.

 

 Zafra. Church of St. Marina

Church of St. Marina
Iglesia de Santa Marina (XVII century)

 

The monastery of the Poor Clares began to be built at the same time as the castle and was modernized within the next two hundred years. It is a church and a complex of buildings in a classical style with an admixture of Mudejar style.
Inside the museum (free!), interesting not by the presence of rare exhibits, which are not there, but by the atmosphere of the reproduced life of the monastery.

 

 Zafra. Monastery of St. Clara (Our Lady of the Valley)
Monastery of St. Clara (Our Lady of the Valley)
Convento de Santa Clara (Santa Maria del Valle) (XV-XVII century)

 Zafra. Monastery of St. Clara (Our Lady of the Valley)
Monastery of St. Clara (Our Lady of the Valley)
Convento de Santa Clara (Santa Maria del Valle) (XV-XVII century)

 Zafra. Monastery of St. Clara (Our Lady of the Valley)

Monastery of St. Clara (Our Lady of the Valley)
Convento de Santa Clara (Santa Maria del Valle) (XV-XVII century)

 

 Zafra. Monastery of St. Clara (Our Lady of the Valley)

 Monastery of St. Clara (Our Lady of the Valley)
Convento de Santa Clara (Santa Maria del Valle) (XV-XVII century)

 

 Zafra. Monastery of St. Clara (Our Lady of the Valley)

 Монастырь св. Клары (Богоматери в долине)
Convento de Santa Clara (Santa Maria del Valle) (XV-XVII century)

 

 Zafra. Monastery of St. Clara (Our Lady of the Valley)

Монастырь св. Клары (Богоматери в долине)
Convento de Santa Clara (Santa Maria del Valle) (XV-XVII century)

 

With the Dominican monastery of Our Lady of the Incarnation, more precisely with the image that is stored in it, a special legend is associated. Allegedly, a statue of Christ was ordered for the monastery, and when it was received, one hand was broken. While they agreed to return or repair, the hand miraculously turned out to be whole.
Incomprehensible words in the title mean "Mina" - mine (apparently, somewhere nearby it was), "Rosario" - rosary.
As for the monastery itself. He built for a long time, and it's perfectly visible on the building, but at the same time, the different-sized buildings are not bad combined. In general, it turned out a very original design.

 

 Zafra. Monastery of Our Lady of the Incarnation

 Monastery of Our Lady of the Incarnation
Convento de la Encarnacion y Mina "del Rosario" (XVI-XVII century)

 

 Zafra. Monastery of Our Lady of the Incarnation

 Monastery of Our Lady of the Incarnation
Convento de la Encarnacion y Mina "del Rosario" (XVI-XVII century)

 

Chapel of St. Joseph was rebuilt from the synagogue. Here, before the expulsion of the Jews from Spain, there was a Jewish quarter, but nothing that reminded of its inhabitants was left, although the Jewish population was a contented significant part of the city.

 

 Zafra. Chapel of St. Joseph (the old synagogue)

Chapel of St. Joseph (the old synagogue)
Capilla de San Jose (Antigua Sinagoga) (XV-XVII century)

 

 Zafra. Chapel of St. Joseph (the old synagogue)

 Часовня св. Иосифа (старая синагога)
Capilla de San Jose (Antigua Sinagoga) (XV-XVII century)

 

A Big Square appeared in the 16th century on the site of a medieval cemetery and a cemetery church (instead of which the Church of Our Lady of Candelaria was built). Candelaria is a plant named after the church parish - probably it grew here especially violently.

 

 Zafra. Plaza Grande

 Plaza Grande

 

In Safra there is also a Small Square, very similar to the Big Square, but smaller. :)

 

 Zafra. Small Square

 Small Square
Plaza Chica

 Zafra. Church of Our Lady of Candelaria

 Church of Our Lady of Candelaria
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria (XVI-XVIII century)

 

 Zafra. Church of Our Lady of Candelaria

 Church of Our Lady of Candelaria
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria (XVI-XVIII century)

 

 Zafra. Church of Our Lady of Candelaria

 Church of Our Lady of Candelaria
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria (XVI-XVIII century)

 

Not far from the bus station there is still another attraction - the remains of the monastery of St. Benedict. But these are the remains - in fact, only the bell tower, called the tower of St. Francis.

 

 Zafra. Tower of St. Francis

 Tower of St. Francis
Torre de San Francisco (XVI-XVII century)

 

 Zafra

Zafra Street 

 

In general, Zafra is a small but interesting city. In principle, if the route passes through it, you can even stop for a day. And so, Zafra is an ideal place for a one-day outing from Badajoz or Merida.

 

 

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Tourist sights map of Zafra

 




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