Cáceres Old Town

Cáceres, Spain

Cáceres is the capital and most populated municipality of the province of Cáceres. The city was declared a World Heritage City by UNESCO in 1986 because of the city's blend of Roman, Moorish, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. Thirty towers from the Islamic period still stand in Cáceres, of which the Torre del Bujaco is the most famous.

Cáceres has been a trade route city and a political centre of the local nobles for many centuries. Since prehistoric times, people from different cultures have gathered in Cáceres and have shaped its strong historical roots. Pre-Roman settlements occupied the original plot followed by the Roman, Arab, Jewish and Christian people.

The influence and remains of these cultures can be observed and studied in the walled ensemble of Cáceres, with a wide typological and constructive variety ranging from popular architecture to palace-houses, with their characteristic sobriety and towers of the nobility of Gothic and Renaissance times. The city's history of battles between Moors and Christians is also reflected in the architecture, which is a blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance styles. This property also includes noteworthy religious buildings such as churches, hermitages and convents.

Cáceres is an outstanding example of a city that was ruled from the 14th to 16th centuries by powerful rival factions, reflected in its dominant spatial configuration of fortified houses, palaces and towers. This city in Extremadura bears the traces of highly diverse and contradictory influences. The urban design in the area inside the walls is an example of a medieval city, which has shaped its current aspect over centuries.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Historic city squares, old towns and villages in Spain

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Rishenda Tofts (6 months ago)
Fabulous place steeped in history. The architecture is impressive and lots of shops, bars and restaurants. We are staying in Hotel La Boheme which is stunning.
João Cordeiro (7 months ago)
The old town is worth a visit. The architectural and religious heritage are very well preserved. There are also great places to have a drink and tapas.
Bruno Ferreira (12 months ago)
it's breathtaking, everything is still very intact and people still lives inside the walls. you can actually feel the vibe of a medieval town.
Patrick O Connor (15 months ago)
If you like old towns this is a place to visit..not for the unfit....crazy I tried to go into one of the buildings but only took cash weird for a tourist spot
Anne Lindsay (Wee Anne) (18 months ago)
We really liked Caceres. Unfortunately the old town is high up with lots of stairs and hills so we didn't get to see very much. Plaza Mayor is very nice with lots of bars and restaurants.
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