Roman Bridges, Aqueducts, and Theatres (Oh My): Mérida…

As I’ve explained previously, the first city of our little excursion was Mérida–the capital city of the autonomous community of Extremedura…Founded in the year 25 B.C. under the name Emérita Augusta (part of the name was inspired by Augustus, the emperor who made its foundation possible), one can clearly see testaments to the extension and influence of the Roman Empire here, like…

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El Puente Romano,

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El Acueducto de los Milagros (The Aqueduct of Miracles),…

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…and, the most magnificent of them all, el Teatro Romano…

Constructed between 16-15 B.C., after Christianity arrived to the Peninsula, this place was buried (at the time, theatre was considered “immoral”)…Luckily, it was rediscovered towards the end of the 19th century and rennovated throughout the 20th–and thus, we can enjoy it today!!!!

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And the grounds surrounding it aren’t too shabby, either…

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By nightfall, we were in Córdoba, which we would explore the next day–but, I’ll tell you all about it in my next post!!!!

Has anybody else been to Mérida???…If so, what’d you like about it???…

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