Best Places To Travel In Mérida

Best Places To Travel In Mérida. Located in the heart of the Silver Route, Mérida is heir to a splendid Roman past. Its theatre, its amphitheatre and its temple dedicated to the goddess Diana make this former capital of Roman Lusitania one of the best conserved archaeological sites in Spain, and has earned it the declaration of World Heritage site.

Roman theatre in Mérida

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Roman theatre in Mérida
The theatre’s location was chosen to ensure the best possible acoustics for the audiences. It can seat up to 3,000 people and stands on the hill of San Albín, where the slope improves the building’s acoustics. It was built by General Agrippa in the year 16 or 15 B.C. The stage has three access doors, and the podium is over two and a half metres high.

Roman Bridge over the Guadiana River

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Roman Bridge over the Guadiana River
It was the first construction that was made in the Roman town of Emérita Augusta to strategically protect the colony from possible attacks. It is built with bolstered, granite ashlars and has sixty half moon arches.

With traces from the Augustus period and the larger part of the primitive stonework, being restored over different periods. It is one of Spain's largest Roman bridges measuring 792 metres long. The water pillars are rounded and there are some spillflows between the arches for when the river runs high.

Roman Bridge over the Albarregas River

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Roman Bridge over the Albarregas River
Built during the Augustus period and indicated the northern exit of the colony. It has four ashlar arches with two more open arches that are the spillway of the aqueduct. It is parallel to Milagros aqueduct.

Monument to Santa Eulalia

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Monument to Santa Eulalia
The monument lies in the middle of the square and was built in honour of the patron saint of Mérida. The monument lies on top of a square pedestal, and has three cylindrical altar stones that have been artistically finished off by a Corinthian capital. The crowning image is a Medieval representation of the young Eulalia, who is the city's martyr.

Roman circus in Mérida

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Roman circus in Mérida
It was used for chariot races and –according to an inscription– later adapted to serve as a venue for naval games. It has a rectangular shape and is divided in two lengthwise down the middle along the raised central platform, which would originally have been covered in marble.

Still visible are the arena where the races took place, the seating areas or stands, and the doors known as 'carceres' through which the competitors entered the ring. It is one of the best conserved circuses in existence.

Santa María de la Asunción Procathedral

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Santa María de la Asunción Procathedral
This temple, which preserves remains from the 13th century, was built between the 17th and 18th centuries. It was built over an earlier Roman-Visigoth temple. This is a building divided in three naves by square pillars.

The main front which faces the square comprises a first flat body on which a vaulted niche is superimposed with the image of Our Lady of Guidance. Inside, there are the tombs of the expert Don Alonso de Cárdenas and of the Duke and Duchess de la Roca. The front of the foot is Neoclassic.

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