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Plasencia is a lovely municipality in Spain, located more exactly within the Caceses province, in the autonomous community of Extremadura, on the banks of the river Jerte. The history of this walled market city goes back to 1186, when Plasencia was founded by King Alfonso VIII of Castile as a city-fortress, because he wanted to colonize and guard the then south-western border of his kingdom. Since then, Plasencia has known a major development. According to the 2010 census, Plasencia has a total population of 41,447 residents and spans on a total area of 84 square miles (218 sq km). Even though it is a small city, Plasencia will surely impress you with its charm and spirit.
Top Attractions within Plasencia
The Alcazar of Plasencia was demolished in 1941, but it still preserves its double line of walls, with 6 gates and no less than 68 towers. The city walls date back to 1197 and represent the oldest historical site in Plasencia.
Las Catedrales is an impressive complex of two cathedrals in Plasencia. The first one was built during the 12th century, by request of King Alfonso VIII, in a Romanesque architectural style. It also features Gothic elements that were later added in form of pointed arches and rose windows. The second cathedral was completed in the 16th century and features standard Renaissance elements. The cathedrals stand tall and represent the most important landmarks of the city.
The museum near the cathedral puts on display numerous artworks, mainly by Jusepe de Ribera and Luis de Morales. The artistic heritage of Plasencia is vividly represented by the art collections featured by the museum.
Other religious sites in Plasencia include Church of San Martin, Church and Convent of Santo Domingo, Church of San Esteban, Sanctuary of Virgen del Puerto, and Monastery of San Jeronimo de Yuste.
Restaurants. Plasencia provides many culinary opportunities in great restaurants such as Succo, Cafeteria Bar Espanol, Florida, Vina La Mazuela, El Chamizo, Cafe Bar Picasso, Babylon, Gredos, La Casuca, Acueducto, La Casuca, and many others.