Founded under the name "Augusta Merita" in 25 BC by Augustus, Mérida is currently the capital of Extremadura, one of the 17 autonomous communities of Spain.
Merida is one of the major achievements of the architectural genius of Roman civilization in Spain. The city of "Emerita Augusta", the capital of Roman province of Lusitania, was erected to accommodate veterans 2 Roman legions. It was a lively city, an important military, legal, economic and cultural center.
Mérida World Heritage Unesco
Mérida was ranked in 1993 as Heritage of Unesco. It has many Roman ruins and Roman National Museum of Art opened in 1986.
Theatre of Mérida
Backed Hill San Alban, the culmination of the city, the theater can accommodate about 6000 people. Its construction was completed between the years 16 and 15 BC, but it was not until the 20th century it out of the ground and is again used in particular for major theater festivals, classical music and other arts events .
The scene is simply amazing and is decorated with statues of Ceres, Pluto and Proserpina.
2 body Corinthian columns and marble cornices are very impressive.
A jewel of Roman civilization that is essential to contemplate if you go to or near Mérida.
The theater of Mérida
Located just next to the theater, this monument is impressive by its size (126m in the larger axis against 65 for the smallest axis). With a capacity of 15,000 people, it would receive proportionately more viewers than the Colosseum in Rome.
The temple of Diane
Also inspired Corinthian, the temple of Diana is one of the few religious building not to have suffered excessively over time and is generally in good condition. Originally dedicated to the imperial cult, it is now known for its invocation to the Goddess of the hunt. Alignment of columns different standards used for Greek temples.
Other attractions not to miss places in Merida:
Circus of Mérida
largest building show the city with its 400m long and 100m wide
Arch of Trajan in Merida
Roman Bridge Merida
it is the oldest surviving Roman monument in Merida. It was one of the main arteries of the city. It consists of arches 60 distributed over a length of 792m.
aqueducts and especially the Bridge of Miracles
House of the amphitheater of Mérida
Dolmen Lacara near Merida
Near Merida about 25 kilometers we find the dolmen Lacara, one of the oldest in Spain funeral monuments, it actually dates more than 5000 years.
Around Mérida is REALLY bathed by history.