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Carceres Spain
May 14, 2008
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The exciting bus ride into town let us off about 1/2 mile from the edge of old town. Along the way to one of the gates we passed the Iglesia de San Juan Bautista, begun in the 13th century and not finished until the 18th century. Excellent job security


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The interior of the church is extremely dark but does contain a good deal of imaginative masonry. The apse is crowned by classical ogive arches


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Outside of course, this handsome stork was standing guard - wouldn't a pink flamingo look good up here, or what?


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Plaza Mayor - the nowadays Main Square - has developed just outside of the old city walls


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On the southwest side of the main new town square (rectangle :-)) is this gate and tower, our entry point to the old city


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At left is the Santa Maria Cathedral. Like most buildings in the old town, it is clean, well maintained but somehow characterless


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The cathedral has two porticos, few windows and little facade


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Inside, the building is grand and spacious with a huge carved altar backing


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One of the chapels


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Up in th tower, astonishingly, several books were on display with no protection. The entries in this parish register were made in 1620


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More books and artifacts set on a table. Apart from the potential for theft or vandalism, these items must rapidly deteriorate simply though handling by visitors. In this situation, one hopes that they are indeed just facsimiles of the real thing


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Looking back into the cathedral square


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Palacio de los de Abajo Golfines. The abajo Golfines, the lower Golfin family were wealthy dudes and built this palace in the 5th century. On the two occasions that Catholic monarchs were in town, this is where they stayed


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These elaborate granite carvings contribute to this being regarded as one of the finest monuments in Caceres. Classified as Plateresque in style, due to the ornamentation similarity to plates made by silversmiths of the time


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The 18th century Iglesia de San Francisco Javier (Church of St Francis Xavier) in the Plaza de San Jorge. Built by a wealthy Jesuit as an adjunct to the adjacent convent, the church is not currently used for worship


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View from St Francis portico


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As we climbed up toward the museum at the top of the town we passed this unprepossessing building


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With its elegant air conditioner, it turned out to be the Portuguese Consul - a poor reflection of Portuguese national pride


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The Spanish-Arabic Museum of Caceres is contained in several ancient buildings connected by tunnels and aerial walkways


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This little piggy-wig, about 1300 years old, nowadays spends its time standing around in the museum


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The museum complex contains this Roman water cistern used to supply water to the city in days of yore. The tricky part of course, is getting the water up to the top of the town but nobody seemed prepared to tackle this question


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Built on the top of the ruins of an ancient Arab mosque dating back to 1345, the Iglesia de San Mateo was built in the 16th century and renovated in both the 18th and 20th centuries


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Examples of the "pepper pot" chimneys common in the region


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Renovating the building in the old town is hazardous duty. This ladder lift, anchored by a perilously poised truck on jacks, is the only way to deliver materials like drywall to the upper floors. Not my idea of a fun day


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A smart bus like the one that brought us to town


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Let's hope their mothers love them


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Another high-tech monk helping to empty tourist's billfolds


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Door to door cutler - a sharp way to make a living
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