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Impressive Monumental City of Caceres is a hidden gem

The walled city of Caceres is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the rest of the city is quite drab and unattractive

The walled city of Caceres is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the rest of the city is quite drab and unattractive

18th century Iglesia de San Francisco Javier; Caceres was declared a Monumental City by the Council of Europe; it was third city so designated after Tallinn and Prague

18th century Iglesia de San Francisco Javier; Caceres was declared a Monumental City by the Council of Europe; it was third city so designated after Tallinn and Prague

The cobblestone streets of the walled city are largely deserted even today; the great concentration of monuments in Caceres is unique among Spanish cities

The cobblestone streets of the walled city are largely deserted even today; the great concentration of monuments in Caceres is unique among Spanish cities

In the center is the Palacio de los Golfines de Abajo; the Golfines were one of the most prominent families in Caceres; Ferdinand and Isabella lived in the mansion for a time

In the center is the Palacio de los Golfines de Abajo; the Golfines were one of the most prominent families in Caceres; Ferdinand and Isabella lived in the mansion for a time

12th century Torre de Bujaco guards the main entrance to the Monumental City

12th century Torre de Bujaco guards the main entrance to the Monumental City

15th century Gothic Concatedral de Santa Maria; ham and red wine are leading local products

15th century Gothic Concatedral de Santa Maria; ham and red wine are leading local products

16th century cedar altarpiece in the Concatedral de Santa Maria; for unknown reasons it was never painted or gilded making it unusual among Spanish churches

16th century cedar altarpiece in the Concatedral de Santa Maria; for unknown reasons it was never painted or gilded making it unusual among Spanish churches

Not many tourists here because it's off the beaten track; too far from Madrid or Seville to be a day trip

Not many tourists here because it's off the beaten track; too far from Madrid or Seville to be a day trip

18th century Arco de la Estrella welcomes visitors to the narrow, cobbled streets of the old town

18th century Arco de la Estrella welcomes visitors to the narrow, cobbled streets of the old town

Great idea! Plaza Mayor is the largest square in town and the liveliest place too

Great idea! Plaza Mayor is the largest square in town and the liveliest place too

Caceres was founded by Romans in 25BC; today it has about 100,000 people

Caceres was founded by Romans in 25BC; today it has about 100,000 people

Most buildings have remained largely intact from their glory days; most buildings were built in the same period leading to a harmonious feel in the walled city

Most buildings have remained largely intact from their glory days; most buildings were built in the same period leading to a harmonious feel in the walled city

Caceres flourished during the Reconquista and the discovery of America; many explorers from here made their fortunes in America and built mansions with their new wealth

Caceres flourished during the Reconquista and the discovery of America; many explorers from here made their fortunes in America and built mansions with their new wealth

Slow 3 hour bus ride from Salamanca to get here and 1 hour train ride to Merida when leaving here

Slow 3 hour bus ride from Salamanca to get here and 1 hour train ride to Merida when leaving here

16th century of splendor on display within the ancient stone walls; many of the buildings seem to be empty today

16th century of splendor on display within the ancient stone walls; many of the buildings seem to be empty today

Large Plaza Mayor is alive at night; traditionally families gather in the plaza for dinner and to catch up on the latest happenings

Large Plaza Mayor is alive at night; traditionally families gather in the plaza for dinner and to catch up on the latest happenings

I could just picture Rapunzel or Romeo and Juliet on the balcony

I could just picture Rapunzel or Romeo and Juliet on the balcony

Posted by VagabondCowboy 04:09

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