May 2 – The city of Cáceres was officially founded by the Romans in about 25 BCE, although it has been inhabited since prehistoric times. It was overtaken by the Muslims in the ninth century, and they built a wall around the city. This did not stop the Christians from taking it back several hundred years later. Part of the wall remains:
We checked out the Concatedral de Santa Maria, where the service in progress continued regardless of the tourists gawking about. It has a very impressive carved wooden altarpiece, but is pretty small as cathedrals go.
Views from the bell tower:
Exhibit of Nativity statues from all over the world:
Semana Santa exhibit:
Cistern below the church:
His lucky storks nesting above:
And the Camino passing by the door:
The art exhibit had a not-quite-Picasso:
…and a not-really-Van Gogh:
The Museo Arabe displayed collected Muslim artifacts from around the world:
Care for a game of Moors vs. Crusaders?