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Aldea del Cano

Aldea del Cano

Aldea del Cano

Aller

Aller's Landscape

Paisaje de Aller

Aller

Aller's Landscape

Paisaje de Aller

Aller

Aller's Landscape

Paisaje de Aller

Aller

Aller's Landscape

Paisaje de Aller

Aller

Aller's Landscape

Paisaje de Aller

Baños de Montemayor

Villa Termal de Calidad Excelente

Villa Termal de Calidad Excelente

Baños de Montemayor

Villa Termal de Calidad Excelente

Villa Termal de Calidad Excelente

Béjar

Ruta de las Fábricas Textiles

Ruta de las Fábricas Textiles

Béjar

Ruta de las Fábricas Textiles

Ruta de las Fábricas Textiles

Benavente

Merece un alto en el camino

Merece un alto en el camino

Benavente

Merece un alto en el camino

Merece un alto en el camino

Calzadilla de los Barros

Retablo del Divino Salvador

Retablo del Divino Salvador

Calzadilla de los Barros

Retablo del Divino Salvador

Retablo del Divino Salvador

Carmona

Carmona, a museum

Carmona, a museum

Carmona

Carmona, a museum

Carmona, a museum

Carmona

Carmona, a museum

Carmona, a museum

Carmona

Carmona, a museum

Carmona, a museum

Carmona

Carmona, a museum

Carmona, a museum

Casar de Cáceres

Miliarios romanos

Miliarios romanos

Casar de Cáceres

Miliarios romanos

Miliarios romanos

Fuente de Cantos

Land of Painters, Cultures and Traditions

Land of Painters, Cultures and Traditions

Fuente de Cantos

Land of Painters, Cultures and Traditions

Land of Painters, Cultures and Traditions

Fuente de Cantos

Land of Painters, Cultures and Traditions

Land of Painters, Cultures and Traditions

Fuente de Cantos

Land of Painters, Cultures and Traditions

Land of Painters, Cultures and Traditions

Fuente de Cantos

Land of Painters, Cultures and Traditions

Land of Painters, Cultures and Traditions

Gijón

Northern Spain with Zest

Asturias con sal

Gijón

Northern Spain with Zest

Asturias con sal

Gijón

Northern Spain with Zest

Asturias con sal

Gijón

Northern Spain with Zest

Asturias con sal

Gijón

Northern Spain with Zest

Asturias con sal

Guijuelo

Guijuelo

Guijuelo

Guijuelo

Guijuelo

Guijuelo

Hervás

Turismo con corazón

Turismo con corazón

Hervás

Turismo con corazón

Turismo con corazón

La Bañeza

Gran Premio de Velocidad Ciudad de La Bañeza

Gran Premio de Velocidad Ciudad de La Bañeza (20-21 de agosto 2016)

La Bañeza

Gran Premio de Velocidad Ciudad de La Bañeza

Gran Premio de Velocidad Ciudad de La Bañeza (20-21 de agosto 2016)

La Pola de Gordón

Reserva de la Biosfera del Alto Bernesga

Reserva de la Biosfera del Alto Bernesga

La Pola de Gordón

Reserva de la Biosfera del Alto Bernesga

Reserva de la Biosfera del Alto Bernesga

Lena

Cyclist destination

Destino ciclista

Lena

Cyclist destination

Destino ciclista

Lena

Cyclist destination

Destino ciclista

León

León....te quedan dos deseos

León....te quedan dos deseos

León

León....te quedan dos deseos

León....te quedan dos deseos

Llanera

En el corazón de Asturias

En el corazón de Asturias

Llanera

En el corazón de Asturias

En el corazón de Asturias

Los Santos de Maimona

El Piropo blanco de Extremadura

El Piropo blanco de Extremadura

Los Santos de Maimona

El Piropo blanco de Extremadura

El Piropo blanco de Extremadura

Mérida

Mérida

Mérida

Mérida

Mérida

Mérida

Mieres

Danza Prima

Danza Prima

Mieres

Danza Prima

Danza Prima

Montemolín

Fortaleza almohade

Fortaleza almohade

Montemolín

Fortaleza almohade

Fortaleza almohade

Morcín

Embalse de los Afilorios

Embalse de los Afilorios

Morcín

Embalse de los Afilorios

Embalse de los Afilorios

Plasencia

La ciudad está viva, se siente viva

La ciudad está viva, se siente viva

Plasencia

La ciudad está viva, se siente viva

La ciudad está viva, se siente viva

Ribera de Arriba

Hórreos en Bueño

Hórreos en Bueño

Ribera de Arriba

Hórreos en Bueño

Hórreos en Bueño

Riosa

La Vega

La Vega

Riosa

La Vega

La Vega

Sevilla

We love people

We love people

Sevilla

We love people

We love people

Zafra

Palacio de los Duques de Feria SXV

Palacio de los Duques de Feria SXV

Zafra

Palacio de los Duques de Feria SXV

Palacio de los Duques de Feria SXV

Zamora

Desconocida, perfecta

Desconocida, perfecta

Zamora

Desconocida, perfecta

Desconocida, perfecta

Situation

Situated in the north of Extremadura, in the Jerte Valley, and known as the Pearl of the Valley, its main road link is via the N-110, which descends from the province of Ávila to Plasencia through the Tornavacas Mountain Pass.

Other more demanding, though at the same time more spectacular, access routes are the roads that run from the Vera Valley, crowning the Piornal, the highest village in Extremadura, and from the Ambroz Valley, over the Hondura Mountain Pass. See video

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History

This Noble, Loyal and Benign City was founded in the year 1186 by the King who ennobled it and impressed on its silver coat of arms UT PLACEAT DEO ET HOMINIBUS FOR THE PLEASURE OF GOD AND MEN. In 1189, Pope Clement III granted the city its bishopric.

Its military character and optimum strategic position, together with the need for reconquest of the Castillian King, propitiated the fortification of the city at the end of the 12th century with the building of the city walls and the strengthening of the barbican with 78 turrets and the construction of the nowadays inexistent Alcázar (fortress).

The construction of the Old Cathedral also commenced in the same century, as well as the appearance of the first Palaces and noble mansions, of which a good number still remain. From their beginnings, the Knights of Plasencia participated in numerous battles such as the Batalla del Castillo del puente del Congosto, those of Alardos and Navas de Tolosa, as well as in the taking of the city of Baeza or the reconquest of the city of Seville by Fernando III el Santo.

Zealous of the freedom it lost in 1442 in favour of the Demesne of the Zúñigas, it lived through the turbulences of the epoch until recovering its freedom in Octobre 1488, when Fernando el Católico swore at the cathedral gates to always defend the freedom and charter of Plasencia.

Plasencia was also linked to the discord over the struggle for succession of Enrique IV of Castille, its nobles backing Juana la Beltraneja due to the fact that in May 1475 she decided to establish the court in the Palacio de las Argollas; the King of Portugal, Alfonso V, arriving in the city in the same month.

The Portuguese King was to marry his niece Doña Juana here with the support of the citys nobles. However, given that the marriage e due to their not obtaining a Papal dispensation of kinship, the nobles, like all those of the area, received the punishment they merited of having the tops of all their palace towers lopped off, losing a third of their height.

The 16th and 17th centuries marked the high point in the towns history. It contributed through its sons to the discovery, conquest and evangelisation of the New World. Important charitable and cultural institutions founded and the city left us monuments that move us still today, above all the New or Plateresque Cathedral, commenced in 1498 by the bishop Don Gutiérrez Álvarez de Toledo, son of the first Dukes of Alba, the Aqueduct or the Palace of the Marquis of Mirabel It even had Universities, which depended on the Dominicans and the Jesuits.

In 1901, Queen Maria Cristina granted it the title of  LA MUY BENÉFICA (THE MOST CHARITABLE), due to its humanitarian behaviour towards the repatriated soldiers from the war with Cuba in 1898.

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Más Información

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Teléfonos:
927 42 38 43
Web:
http://www.plasencia.es/