The Spanish City Of Cáceres Has Been The Backdrop Of Many Movies And Series Such As GOT And House Of The Dragon! Dive In To Find The Reason Of Picking Such A Place Having Irresistible Picturesque Spots!
If you’ve seen Cáceres, you might not have recognised it as a city in Spain. The picturesque city has been the backdrop for many movies and series. The most famous among them, Game of Thrones and its prequel House of the Dragon won the Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Drama in January 2023.
In October 2022, the town hall of Cáceres organised the City of Dragons event to coincide with the weekend of the show’s finale. Romans, Muslims, Jews and Christians built and wrote the history of the city of Cáceres. You will soon see why UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 1986. The architecture here includes a number of buildings constructed between the 14th and 18th centuries. Whether you’re staying for a weekend or longer, the beauty hidden among its walls will take your breath away. Let the journey begin!
Cáceres is one of Spain’s World Heritage Cities. With the third largest monument ensemble in Europe, in this city you can take
a trip back in history to the Renaissance age. And above all, to the medieval times, thanks to its streets, squares, palaces and
walls, which are particularly well-preserved. Although there are many things to see in Cáceres, in this segment you can learn
about some of the must-visit sites on your getaway. So, start taking notes!
THE PLAZA MAYOR SQUARE
La Plaza Mayor is undoubtedly an essential stop. It is surrounded by a 16th-century porticoed arcade, where you may find:
• The City Hall, a pretty 19th century building.
• The Bujaco Tower, a historical landmark and the most important building in the city, it stands at 25 metres high and dates back to the Moorish times. Inside the tower, you can also visit the Three Cultures Visitor Centre. You simply can’t leave without
climbing to the top of the tower.
• The Tower of the Pulpits has Christian origins and is 16 metres high. It is adjoined to the external part of the city wall. You can take a glance at it by entering from the Bujaco Tower.
ARCO DE LA ESTRELLA
• The Yerba Tower is an Islamic construction and was the last one to be built while Cáceres was under Muslim power
• The Chapel of La Paz was built on the site of a former 16th century Renaissance chapel.
• The Arco de la Estrella is the main gateway to the walled city of Cáceres. Even though it was opened in the 15th century, its
current form is the work of Manuel de Lara Churriguera, which was created in 1726.4
More GOT memories can be sought in the wider province of Cáceres. A half-hour drive from the city, the Trujillo Castle was Casterly Rock in Episode 3 of Season 7. The castle is in the highest part of Trujillo. It was built in the 13th century on the site of an old Arab fortress from the 9th or 10th century. The square towers typical of Islamic military architecture are preserved. It is built of masonry and mortar and is made up of two parts, the Main Courtyard and the Albacara. The castle stands at the highest part of Trujillo. It was built in the 13th century on the site of an old Arab fortress dating from the 9th or 10th centuries. It conserves the square towers typical of Islamic military architecture. It is built of masonry and mortar, and has two parts: the bailey and the enclosure.
PLAZA DE SANTA MARÍA
This square is another of the most important in the city. It was used as a market for a long time and even as a place where the nobility celebrated weddings. In it you can see:
• The Co-Cathedral of Cáceres, a church originally built in the 13th century but after it was destroyed, it was re-erected between the 15th and 17th centuries. You can’t miss the Gothic style interior and the views from the bell tower, where you can take in a 360 degree panoramic view.
• Episcopal Palace, the oldest part dates back to 13th century, and its most recent modification was made in the 17th century.
• The Renaissance style Hernando de Ovando Palace was built in the 15th century and reformed in the 18th century.
THE JEWISH QUARTER
There were two Jewish quarters in Cáceres, the New and the Old. It is in the latter where you can visit the old synagogue. The best idea is to stroll along the backstreets and admire the impressive façades on the various homes.
• Las Veletas Palace (Cáceres Museum) At this palace, also known as Casa de los Aljibes, you will discover one of the city’s best kept secrets: one of the best-preserved Arabic wells (aljibes) in the world. And the fact that you were waiting for: some of the
scenes from Game of Thrones were filmed in the old town, right here. Cáceres will take your breath away, and as will Extremadura. It’s a land of great natural beauty and traditional cuisine.