In Cáceres, you can feel like a time traveler as you walk along the city’s narrow cobbled streets. Surrounded by mansions, medieval palaces, and churches crowned by storks’ nests, you’ll understand why Cáceres is a UNESCO World Heritage City. Get your camera ready to immortalize one of the prettiest historic town centers of Spain.
POINTS OF INTEREST
After the reconquest of Cáceres in 1170 by Ferdinand II of León, a family member established the Congregatio de Cáceres in the city, which would later be known as the Order of the Knights of Santiago. The name of the tower derives from Caliph Abu Ya’qub, whose troops conquered the city in 1173. This tower was the defensive bastion of the knights of the Order until they were defeated by a siege. During the 16th and 18th centuries, it was known as the Clock Tower. It is now open to the public. It houses the Three Cultures Visitor Center. There are spectacular views from the top.
Its 1537 façade combines Gothic and Renaissance elements, and the magnificent Mudéjar interior courtyard, from the 14th century, has pointed arches over thick square piers with chamfered corners. It is now the head office of Caja Extremadura. During the remodeling, important archaeological finds were uncovered in the garden.
CASA DEL SOL HOUSE
The Casa del Sol (House of the Sun), or Casa de los Solís, is a fortified townhouse 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 remodeled in the 16th century. It is now occupied by a religious order, the Fathers of the Precious Blood.
The museum is home to the remains of the city’s first inhabitants, through history right up to the most contemporary art. The Bronze Age stone steles stand out, as well as the orientalizing treasures, Iron Age animal figures, Roman mosaics, ethnographic items, and the collection of 20th-century Spanish art, without forgetting El Greco.