Cáceres and Mérida--World Heritage City
19.03.2011 - 19.03.2011 20 °C
• Plaza Mayor
• Torre del Bujaco (Tower of Bujaco)
• Arco de la Estrella (Star’s Arch)
• Palacio (Palace) Episcopal
• Palacio de Carvajal
• Plaza Santa Maria
• Fundación Mercedes Calles Carlos Ballestero
• Iglesia de San Francisco Javier (San Francisco Javier Church)
• Centro de divulgación (revelation) SEMANA SANTA( Holy Week) de Cáceres
• Teatro y Anfiteatro Romanos (Roman Theather and Amphitheater)
• Museo de Arte Romano (Roman Art Museum)
Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I wrote my last entry. Sorry about that, but finally I’m done with all the midterms and papers for now.
As you can see, this day gotta be the second day of our cultural trip. We visited two cities, Cáceres and Mérida. They are not big but they both are World Heritage Cities.
Caceres has a blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. Thirty towers from the Muslim period still stand in Cacres, of which the Torre del Bujaco is the most famous. Our tour started at Plaza Mayor. Back in the old days, the Plaza Mayor now didn’t exist it was the market outside the city. We stood under Arco de la Estrella (Star’s Arch) which was the city gate. On top of the gate is the city escudo, the star meant to protect people come back home safely. If you look into the picture you can find that the gate is oblique. Arco de la Estrella was built in the 18th century over a 15th century construction. It is oblique so that it is easy for carriages to enter in the city and turn left. Then we arrived at Plaza Santa Maria, the main square or plaza of the city. Here we saw Palacio Episcopal, which was built in 1261, the mid-point arch was added to the façade in 1587. Then we went into another palace, which is called Palacio de Carvajal. The façade of this palace doesn’t have anything, very simple. And the windows are very small too. This palace is a typical old roman house; it has patio, garden and well in the middle. It is about 500 years old. Continued walking we arrived at a house-museum, which belonged to Ms. Mercedes Calles Martín Pedrilla, but now it, belongs to Mercedes Calles-Carlos Ballestero foundation. They said that Ms. Mercedes Calles Martín Pedrilla bought this house but she had never lived there. She was a world traveler and she liked to collect things from different countries so this house is the museum that keeps all her collections. Not far from the house is San Francisco Javier Church, built in 18th century. It was a Jesuit church for 12 years, and now it’s just a church but it’s not for any religion anymore. The Holy Week revelation center is located in the crypt of San Francisco Javier Church. Cáceres is an old city, and our tour was very informational. We had to take notes because we would have an exam after this 9-day trip on all the cities we visited.
Torre del Bujaco
Plaza Mayor, but it was under construction
San Francisco Javier Church
Doña Mercedes Calles Martín Pedrilla (that could be future me, another world traveler)
Centro de Divulgación SEMANA SANTA de Cáceres
After Cáceres we headed to Mérida that is just 2 hours away. Mérida is famous for it’s Roman Theater and Amphitheater. We have talked about Roman Art in my art class, so I was excited to see the architecture. They were built by Greek, when the Romans took over the city they also used them. I was just amazed by these masterpieces that built by people from thousands of year ago. The Roman Theater was constructed in the years 16 and 15 BC. It is really big, Raeanne and Kelsey actually went on the “stage” and sang for us. The Amphitheater was built in 25BC, it was where the gladiators fight with the animals. The theater and amphitheater are connected to each other. The movie Gladiator was actually shot here. Then we went to the Roman Art Museum. There are way too many sculptures. One about the Roman sculpture is that the head and body are not connected. Well the reason that they had the sculpture is that they needed to know who their leaders were. Of course 16BC did not have cameras, so they just changed the head when the leaders changed instead of changing the whole body. See, that made their life a lot easier. There is also a lot of Mosaic in this museum.
There is a lot a lot to say if I want to get deep into Mérida, it just has so much cultural background. But I’m going to stop here, I will leave the rest for you to explore. ☺ ☺
Raeanne and Kelsey's performance haha
By the way, I uploaded all my pictures I just haven’t added any captions yet.