Alcantara (Spain) – detailed information about the city from a photo. The main attractions of Alcantara with a description, guides and maps.
Alcantara is a city in western Spain in the province of Caceres in the autonomous community of extremadura. Located at the source of the Tagus River in the foothills of the San Pedro mountain range near the border with Portugal. Alcantara has a rich monumental heritage, which formed the Romans, Visigoths, Arabs and Spaniards. Main attraction of course is the magnificent bridge over Tejo (Tahoe), built in the 2nd century AD.
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- The population is 1.5 thousand people.
- The language is Spanish.
- Currency – Euro.
- Visa – Schengen.
- Time – Central European UTC +1, in summer +2.
The modern name of the city is derived from the Arab Al-Kantarat, which means “bridge.” Alcantara was founded in the beginning of our era by the Romans. In the 2nd century during the reign of the emperor Trayana bridge was built over the Tagus.
After the collapse of the Roman Empire, these territories belonged Westgoths Unfortunately, this period (before the conquest of territories Moors) virtually unexplored. Although there are prerequisites that the settlement of the Visigoths was a continuation of the Roman.
With the arrival of the Moors, this place was of great strategic importance. and was mentioned in the Arab chronicles of the 10th century. These territories were conquered by the kingdom of Castile in 1218.
How to get there
See the article by Caceres.
The most famous landmark – the Roman bridge over the river Tahoe, built in the 2nd century AD. This is a monumental building. rises to a height of 70 meters and has a length of almost 200 meters. The bridge consists of 6 arches. On the bridge, almost in the middle, installed triumphal arch in honor of the emperor Trajan. Sure to look on him at night when he is beautifully lit. On the left bank is small roman temple. Upstream is a dam. Hes
San Benito is the most famous sacral building of these places, monastery of the 16th century. It has a beautiful gothic abode and Renaissance facade with external loggia and arches. Monastery was the last headquarters of the knights of the military order of Alcantara.
Monastery San pedro
San Pedro is a monastery built in the 17th century. Has features Spanish Baroque and Plateresco.
Church Virgin Almokuvar
The Church of the Virgin Almokuvar is a parish church in the Romanesque and Gothic style, built on the site of a former mosque.