Arch of the Star

Arch of the Star 25 aniversario de la declaracion de Caceres como Ciudad Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la UNESCO

The Arch of the Star is the main gate to the walled town: a large oblique arch from the 18th century, which was built over another one from 15th century to facilitate the passage of carriages.

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3. Arch of the Star

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3. Arch of the Star

Arch of the Star

The Arch of the Star is the main gate to the walled town: a large oblique arch from the 18th century, which was built over a previous one from 15th century to allow the traffic of carriages. Inside, a niche with an statue of the Virgin of the Star round off the arch at the top, giving it its name.

It's the main access to the Old Town of Cáceres, which is reached by a huge staircase from the Main Square. Formerly known as the New Gate, it was enlarged in 1723 at the expense of D. Bernardino Carvajal y Toledo, the second Count of Quinta Enjarada. Because of that fact he was excommunicated by the Bishop of Coria, D. Sancho Antonio de Velunza y Corcuera (1716-1731), who argued that the carriages going through the door bothered him with its noise. In spite of that, the arch was build by the architect Manuel Lara Churriguera, with a characteristic oblique shape that allowed carriages going into the narrow alleys inside the wall.

 

BIBLIOGRAFÍA

Cordero Alvarado, Pedro. Cáceres en sus escudos y monumentos. Ed. García Plata S.A. 1991

García Mogollón, Florencio-Javier. Los Monumentos Religiosos de Cáceres, Ciudad Patrimonio de la Humanidad. Plan de Excelencia Turística del Excmo. Ayto. de Cáceres. 2005


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