Old Town of Cáceres (1986)
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The city's history of battles between Moors and Christians is reflected in its architecture, which is a blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance styles. 

Of the 30 or so towers from the Muslim period, the Torre del Bujaco is the most famous. 

  • Spain 1991. Torre del Bujaco, Cáceres. 

Spain 1991. Torre del Bujaco, Cáceres

Cáceres is a city in western Spain, capital of Cáceres Province in Extremadura. The city is on the slopes of a steep ridge, the upper heights of which are the site of the original town. It was founded 2000 years ago by the Romans, by the Romans who named it Ceres, beautifully reflected in the below set of three stamps, depicting Roman motifs of Cáceres.

Spain 1967. Roman City Wall of Cáceres, with a sculpture of the goddess Ceres, who gave name to the city. Spain 1967. Sewer in Roman toga behind the ox-plough. Spain 1967. Roman silver coin, with Venus-head.

Spain 1997. The Synagogue of Cáceres.

In addition to ancient walls and ruins, the upper section contains several medieval castles and the Church of San Mateo, a Gothic edifice with a high tower. 

Finally, the Spanish Jews had a small community in Cáceres, reflected in the Synagogue of Cáceres. 

The Synagogue is not quite so "splendid" as the Muslim holy edifices, but it has served -- and still does -- its purpose as both a formal and informal meeting place for the remaining citizens of Jewish faith. 

  • Spain 1997. The Synagogue of Cáceres. 

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Other World Heritage Sites in Spain (on this site). Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Spain-section, for further information on the individual properties. 

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