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Plaza del Rastro s/n
06800  Mérida, Badajoz  (Extremadura)
Tel.:+34 924317309
Fax.:+34 924003441



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    World Heritage, a certification granted by UNESCO.


An imposing military complex

In the interior it still conserves remnants dating from the Roman, Visigoth and Arab periods. It was built by Abderramán II to prevent attacks from the outside, and internal rebellions.

The fortress has a square floor plan with granite ashlars and walls with square strongholds. After the Reconquest it was donated to the Order of Santiago, who added towers and other Medieval constructions in order to adapt it for use as a convent and residence. The Roman water cistern, with its barrel vault roof, can still be seen in the parade ground; it was located by the river to ensure a constant flow of water, and is reached by a flight of steps. Site of the Regional Government of Extremadura.

  • Construction: Arab citadel
  • Artistic period: Arab
  • Historic period: 9th century
  • Setting: Temple of Diana, San Lázaro aqueduct.

Practical information


  • From Apr 01 to Sep 30
  • From Monday to Sunday From 09:00 to 21:00
  • From Oct 01 to Mar 31
  • From Monday to Friday From 09:30 to 14:00 From 16:00 to 18:30
  • Public holidays and Weekend From 09:00 to 18:30


  • General: €12
  • Reduced: €6


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