Trujillo and Mérida

Bronze statue of PizarroToday is day five of our tour and we are visiting Trujillo, a small charming town, dating from the 13th century, which was the birthplace of Francisco Pizarro, the conqueror of Peru. We took in the ornate mansions from the 16th and 17th centuries, built by the families of wealthy conquistadores, with their coat-of-arms engraved in stone above the doorways.

In the main square, Plaza Mayor, we saw the bronze statue of Pizarro, the Gothic church of Santa Maria and the recently opened Pizarro museum. Also in Plaza Mayor is the Palacio de la Conquista, one of the finest buildings in the town. There are several bars in the square with excellent terraces.

" .... birthplace of Francisco Pizarro
conqueror of Peru .... "

Day six took us to the city of Mérida which has been called the 'Spanish Rome'. It is the capital Extremadura, situated in the province of Badajoz . Mérida preserves more important ancient Roman monuments than any other city in Spain and because of this it is a World Heritage site.

Roman ruins in MéridaAmong the remaining Roman monuments are the Puente Romano, a bridge over the Guadiana river that is still used by pedestrians; an important fortification to defend the bridge, lately used by the Moors, called Alcazaba; the Temple of Diana; the remains of the Forum, including the Arch of Trajan; the remains of the Circus Maximus; the Acueducto de los Milagros (aqueduct); a villa called the Mitreo; the Embalse de Proserpina and Cornalvo reservoirs; the Circus.

Wall painting in museumThe Amphitheatre and the Roman Theatre have a summer festival of Classical theatre presented, usually with versions of Greco-Roman classics or modern plays located in ancient times. You can also visit the Morerías archaeological site and many others all around the city, and watch digging in progress, as well as the Museo Nacional de Arte Romano.

 

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