My adventures in Spain have brought me to another castle town, though one that is much smaller than Cáceres, which is already considered a small city when compared to places like Madrid. Trujillo is rich and history, for it is home to many of the conquistadors that American students learn about in history classes. Francisco Pizarro, for example, is a famous conquistador that was from Trujillo.
The Architecture in Spain is breathtaking
For those who love observing architecture, Trujillo offers a rich variety of different castles and churches. The main plaza (AKA La Plaza Mayor) has historical palaces surrounding its perimeter. Most of the palaces have facades (the front of the house) that have murals etched into the facade’s stone. Although faded over the years, the facades still hold stories about the people who lived there.
Since Trujillo is a castle city, it has ruins from its original castle walls. These walls are referred to as the “old wall,” which has been partially torn down to allow for expansion of farms and houses. On that note, Spain is a huge agriculture culture, so farms are very important for sustainability of the farmer’s market.
Religion begins to expand in Extremadura
Unsurprisingly, the home of the conquistadors has a fair share of Roman Catholicism spread across the city, whether by churches, or shrines to the Virgin. At the highest peak of the city lies the castle of Trujillo. There, one can see the entire Old Wall as well as the city on the opposite side. Inside of the castle lies a museum dedicated to the Virgin.
All in all, I have really gained insight about the connections between Spain and American history by visiting the place where it all began: Trujillo.
I only have one more weekend in Spain, but I will enjoy traveling to one more historical city. I will adventure in Mérida, an ancient Roman city that still has Roman architecture preserved. There, I will conduct research on the connections between ancient Spain (Roman influence) and contemporary Spain (cities such as Trujillo and Cáceres).
Until next time!