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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Badajoz, the town between Spain and Portugal

Badajoz is a town in the Spanish autonomous province of Extremadura.
Situated near the Portuguese border, the town has experienced much of the troublesome Spanish history.
After the ancient Roman rule, Badajoz was conquered by the Moors in the 7th century. After the reconquista Spain and Portugal disputed this area for many centuries. In the end it was the Spanish Civil War of 1936 that made Badajoz the capital of the Spanish province with the same name.

The town itself is not a major tourist destination although it has a lot to offer. Some of the most important landmarks of the city are:

The Alcazaba, a fortress built by the Moors in the 9th century and further developed in the following decades.  The mighty walls of the citadel are still standing today. You can also visit the archaeological museum and the garden that surrounds the monument.

The Alcazaba in Badajoz
The Alcazaba in Badajoz


The Vauban military fort, built in the 17th century while Spain and Portugal were at war.

The Giralda, a replica of the famous building and minaret from Seville.

The Giralda in Badajoz
The Giralda in Badajoz

The Merida Roman brigde, near Badajoz
The Merida Roman brigde, near Badajoz

The Merida Roman theatre, near Badajoz
The Merida Roman theatre, near Badajoz