Merida, crossroads and cultures

Destinations, Extremadura

Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993, the colony Iulia Augusta Emerita flourished to become the capital of the Roman province of Lusitania, retaining its importance to this day. Soaked in culture, it is an essential destination for any traveler.

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Founded by Octavius Augustus in 25 B.C. to welcome the veteran soldiers of the campaigns of northern Hispania, Emerita Augusta was the capital of the ancient Lusitania and will not lose importance in successive periods, such as the Visigothic or with the Catholic Kings, until the 80’s.

In 1983 it was designated as the capital of the Autonomous Community of Extremadura and became its main administrative center. This historical relevance is added to an enormous heritage that has made Merida a cultural reference in the world.

In addition to its extensive Roman archaeological site, one of the most important in the Mediterranean and a World Heritage Site since 1993, it preserves the legacy of all the peoples who passed through the city. Among so much history, Merida has successfully fitted new buildings such as the Lusitania Bridge or the Congress Palace and it is located one of the four campuses of the University of Extremadura.

Merida is home to a great number of cultural activities. For example, three highly recommended events: the prestigious and well-known Classical Theatre Festival, Emérita Lvdica, which takes the city back to the times of ancient Rome, and the Holy Week, a Festival of International Tourist Interest.

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