When the Christians reconquered the city of Cáceres in the 13th century, this area was the central marketplace. The present arcaded galleries with stone pillars, replacing the previous wooden ones, was built in the 16th century. The square, with its cobble-stoned pavement, is flanked by part of the old Almohad Moorish wall, a series of old guard towers (Bujaco and Yerba), also Almohad, and the neoclassical Town Hall, the latter dating from the late 19th century. Now, Plaza Mayor is full of bars where people tend to stop off as they head towards the historic quarter via the Arco de la Estrella (Star Arch). Right next to the Mayor's office, you can see the Foro de los Balbos, where it is believed that the old door into Norba Caesarina, the early Roman settlement, was once located.
This theatre is situated near Plaza Mayor before reaching Calle Pintores. It is housed in a building from the early 20th century, which in 1988 was bought and refurbished by Extremadura's regional government and subsequently reopened in 1993. Inside, the decor is modernist, but with the amenities of a more contemporary theatre. In total, there are 543 seats, from where you can enjoy a varied programme throughout the year. Noteworthy events include the Envideo Festival, the Certamen de Música (music competition) in autumn, the Ciclo de Teatro Infantil (theatre programme for children) in winter, and the Programa Musical y de Poesía (musical and poetry programme) in spring.
In Plaza de la Concepción, (outside the city walls), the Blázquez-Mogollón family had this palace built in the 16th century. The façade, which has been restored, features most of the typical elements found in buildings within the old walls. You can appreciate the semicircular main entrance with Almohad voussoirs, the small border that frames the Blázquez-Mogollón coat of arms and the upper balcony, with ornaments that seem to imitate a segmental arch. The building was once a public library and later a Historical Archive, which would explain all the Latin inscriptions carved into the façade and the inner courtyard. The building is closed to the public.
Located very close to Plaza de Santa María and on Aldana hill, Alonso de Rivera had this house built in the middle of the 15th century. Today, after various remodellings in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, it serves as the Rectory for the University of Extremadura. As a result of these alterations, one of the few remaining vestiges of the building's original features is the Rivera family's coat of arms, found on the façade with its enormous and well-defined voussoirs. Inside, you can also admire the pretty courtyard.
This 16th century Gothic church is situated on the highest point in the historic district. This solid structure was built on top of Almohad Moorish remains, and has a small but curious Renaissance chapel. If we add to this, the plateresque façade (with its ellipsoid arch) by Guillén Ferrán, the rococo altarpiece by Vicente Barbadillo and the different paintings spread throughout, you could say this church is one of the most interesting in the city.
The Counts of Adanero did not take possession of this palace until the end of the 19th century, and it was possibly the Mogollón family who were the first residents of this palace in the 16th century. It is also known as the Casa de los Ovando-Mogollón. At one end of the old city, within the walls and close to Horno Tower, this robust building was constructed on top of Celtic, Roman and Almohad remains. The main door is striking, far from the common semicircular arch with shaped voussoirs; it is lintelled, with mounted blocks of stone in Tuscan columns for the jambs. The lintel, imitating traditional pediments, makes the portal stand out from the general façade. Visitors are not permitted inside.
Incorporating late Romanesque elements from the 12th and 13th centuries, this solidly built church is found in the square of the same name. In the 16th century, thanks to financing by Francisco Carvajal y Sande, the church underwent a radical change in the hands of Rodrigo Gil de Ontañón, introducing Gothic features to the vestry and the chancel. In the façade, you can see a series of pointed arches, and inside, there is a magnificent wooden altarpiece by Alonso de Berruguete. The tryptic also has two coats of arms belonging to the Carvajal family. In addition to all the above, 15th, 16th and 18th century statues add to the overall effect.
Dating back to the 2nd Century CE, the Alconétar Bridge of Spain was built over the river Tagus to facilitate the transport of goods between the two peninsular regions. Built from granite ashlar blocks with 12 segmented arches and cutwaters, the structure was a pioneering design in bridge architecture and survived for centuries until it was destroyed during the Reconquista battles. Today, the bridge only exists in ruins and serves as a historic tourist attraction.
In Cáceres, visitors take a trip back in time to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Gothic, Mudejar and Renaissance elements come together in this large old 15th-16th century house, property of the Paredes-Saavedra family. The façade has all the typical characteristics found in buildings from this period in Cáceres, that is to say, a semicircular entrance with large, well-defined voussoirs, double Gothic windows and the typical family coat of arms of the owners, which in this case are the Paredes-Saavedra and the Paredes-Golfín shields. Situated in Calle Ancha, just beyond the Parador Hotel, this house along with the other buildings found in this road, make it a great place to go for a "historic" walk. The building is closed to the public.