Best Places To Travel in Cáceres

Best Places To Travel in Cáceres. More than ten towers dominate the historic quarter of Caceres, delimited by Arab walls. Cobbled streets marked by medieval, fortified homes and Renaissance palaces make up the most beautiful sceneries in this city, which was declared World Heritage.

The local history is closely related to one the historic, peninsular routes: "Vía de la Plata" (the Silver Route), a Roman road that linked Seville and Astorga, used by the pilgrims who were headed to Santiago de Compostela. Pork products and shepherd recipes are the fundamental elements of the rich culinary tradition of this region, the dishes should be served with some of the excellent wines from Caceres.

Church of San Francisco and Jesuit school

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Church of San Francisco and Jesuit school
The convent was built in the 18th century in Baroque style with Churriqueresque influences. There are columns with composite capitals, topped off with a broken pediment under a balcony. Currently it is the San Jorge Exhibition Centre and territorial delegation of the Department of Culture and Heritage of the Extremadura Council.

Casa del Sol House

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Casa del Sol House
15th-century town house. It has a beautiful Renaissance courtyard. The Casa del Sol (House of the Sun), or Casa de los Solís, is a fortified town house in the Gothic and Renaissance styles. Its nickname comes from the coat of arms of the Solís family, which features a sun. It was built in the 15th century and remodelled in the 16th century. It is now occupied by a religious order, the Fathers of the Precious Blood.

Casa del Águila House

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Casa del Águila House
Recently restored, it has beautiful Gothic windows, one on the left with Gothic-style decoration, and another to the right with a round arch decorated with graffito, and a large coat of arms with the spread eagle of the Sandes.

Palace of Los Golfines de Abajo

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Palace of Los Golfines de Abajo
This lovely palace is located in Cáceres, and was used as the residence of the Catholic Monarchs on their visits to this historic city.

Also known by the name of the Casa de los Golfines de Abajo, it is one of the finest stately mansions in the architecturally historic quarter of Cáceres. It has a Gothic structure, in keeping with the model of fortress-houses which were built during the 15th century, although its Plateresque decoration dates from the 17th century.

The towers on either side of the façade have different proportions: taller on the right, and smaller on the left. The façade has a semicircular arch with crests at the sides. Above it are two windows, one with a grille and the other with a semicircular arch. This house was the residence of the Catholic Monarchs on their visits to the city.

Palace of Los Golfines de Arriba

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Palace of Los Golfines de Arriba
Also known by the name of Casa de los Golfines de Arriba house, its construction dates from the 15th century. The palace is square and has towers on the corners, of which three still survive. The keep dates from the 16th century and stands in the centre of the palace.

On the façade are the family coats-of-arms of the Golfines, and beneath, those of the Cerda y Golfines, fruit of the marriage between Isabel de la Cerda and García de Golfín who founded the palace. On the inside there are several interesting rooms and various courtyards. It is today a hotel complex.

Las Veletas Palace

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Las Veletas Palace
Built in the 16th century in the Renaissance style. Renaissance palace with a porticoed interior courtyard. Also known as the Casa de las Veletas house, this palace was built in the 16th century on an earlier construction, whose 12th-century Arab cistern can still be seen today.

On the exterior, the sober facade is crowned by a graceful balustrade adorned with pinnacles. Features on the interior include the Renaissance-style courtyard with semicircular arches supported on Tuscan columns. It is now the site of the Cáceres Museum.

Las Cigüeñas Palace

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Las Cigüeñas Palace
The house with the crenellated tower. This noble home is noteworthy for its slender crenellated tower, built in the 15th century.

The palace of Las Cigüeñas is also known as the palace of Capitán Diego de Ovando or La Casa de Las Cigüeñas house, and was built in the late 15th century by Diego de Cáceres. The most distinctive feature of this noble home is its crenellated tower, which offers spectacular views over the city. It is now a branch of Caja de Extremadura.

Santiago Church

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Santiago Church
While there are documents that suggest that this church dates from the 12th century, the most ancient remains are from the 14th. In the 16th century, Gil de Hontañón took up the task of restoring the building.

From this period are the high chapel, crowned by starred vaults, and the sacristy. When Hontañón abandoned the restoration project, Sancho de Cabrera took over the efforts, building a nave that he covered with ogive vaults.

In the exterior, the most remarkable elements are the two portals, which end on a pointed arch, framed by an alfiz. Inside, the Alonso Berruguete's reredos stands out, as well as a gorgeous Renaissance grille made by Francisco Núñez and the carved images of the Christ of Miracles, Our Lady of Esclarecida and Jesus of Nazareth.

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