A visit to the city of Plasencia, north of Cáceres

The city of Plasencia has a particular charm. Located in the province of Cáceres, it attracts thousands of tourists every year. And it is not for less, because there are many things to see there. The wall, the cathedrals or the Jewish quarter are some of the attractions of a city founded in the twelfth century by Alfonso VIII. Do you want to take a walk for her?

The Plasencia Wall

Like other medieval cities, Plasencia defended itself from aggressions through a wall. This fortification, which was built as soon as the city was founded, is still preserved, although not in its entirety.

Plasencia Wall

It was 2.3 km perimeter and had seven doors and two shutters. Of these doors, two were lost and two others have had to be reformed in recent times. Next to the wall was a fortress, which has not reached our days.

On the other hand, the wall is accompanied by the aqueduct, one of the main monuments of Plasencia. Its 55 semicircular arches, which once made possible the arrival of water from the mountains, are now a tourist attraction. It remains in good condition, despite having already five centuries.

Two cathedrals: the Old and the New

Often, the most visited monuments in different cities are the cathedrals. In this sense, the city of Plasencia has a dual role. The first mixes Romanesque and Gothic styles. Meanwhile, the second shows a combination of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles.

The Old Cathedral

Old Cathedral

The Cathedral of Santa Maria, the oldest, was built between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries. It stands out for its Romanesque cover, with semicircular arches. In this place the image of the Annunciation of Our Lady can be carved in the stone.

What stands out outside is the St. Paul's chapel, which shows a cone-shaped tower and a sphere at its highest part. This is why the chapel is also known as Melon Tower.

The New Cathedral

New Cathedral

It was built between the 16th and 18th centuries. It has two beautiful Renaissance covers, one of them in the form of a stone altarpiece that was not finished, hence missing statues.

Inside, in addition to the 26-meter high vaults, The main altarpiece and the baroque style altarpieces stand out. A very important part of the New Cathedral is the choir, which has an organ built by Casai Elezgaray.

You can also visit the Bishop's Gallery. It is a walk that connects the temples with the episcopal palace. In the tour the entire construction process of both cathedrals is explained.

Jewish cementary

The presence of the Jews in the Iberian Peninsula left a deep mark on the streets and architectural elements. In the city of Plasencia, in the fifteenth century, about 200 Jewish families lived.

How could it be otherwise, in the Jewish quarter there was a synagogue, but today the palace of the Marquis de Mirabel occupies it. Another of the memories of that time is the cemetery, where you can still see remains of graves.

Other corners of the city of Plasencia

Monroy Palace

The aforementioned palace of the Marquis de Mirabel is a place worth visiting. Its Renaissance patio and Carlos V's lounge are the most prominent parts. Next to the palace is the convent of Santo Domingo, with a hanging garden.

To learn more about the culture of Plasencia, and Cáceres in general,we can visit the Pérez Enciso Textile Ethnographic Museum. In it you can see utensils such as looms, saddlebags, sacks and different types of garments made with leather.

As well it is possible to know the popular costumes of the province or a collection of trousseau and lace of different types. In another of its rooms they exhibit garments called 'scholarly textile'. They are those that have an ecclesiastical use.

As you can see, the city of Plasencia has much more interesting places. Further, It is a perfect starting point to visit two wonderful areas of the province of Cáceres: the Jerte Valley and the region of La Vera.