Valencia de Alcántara Historical Site

Gothic Quarter

Valencia de Alcántara is a town in the county of Sierra de San Pedro. It is in the west of the province of Cáceres, on the border with Portugal.

The city was retaken from the Moors in 1221 by the Knights of Saint Julian de Pereiro, an old military order that evolved into the powerful Order of Alcántara. The conquest resulted in the town becoming directly dependent on the king as a ‘Villa de Realengo’.

The area of the town known as the Gothic Quarter was declared a Historical Site by the Decree of 18 March 1997. It is one of the most interesting Historical Sites in the region in terms of secular Gothic/Renaissance construction. Located in the northern part of the town, the most common style of house has two narrow, deep storeys, with a whitewashed stonework façade and finely worked granite openings.

The doorways usually have a pointed arch form, although there are also doors with lintels and rounded arches. The ground floor façades feature rectangular windows that are usually covered by wrought-iron bars.

The majority of the buildings have a traditional look, with chimneys characteristic of the area’s typical architecture, although others, with more presence, have a stately, even noble, appearance, with coats of arms. Another element of the local architecture is the corner balcony.

The area making up the Gothic Quarter was surrounded by a wall that started and finished at the castle, built on a hillock that dominates the site. The wall followed an irregular layout, with five bastions and a keep.

One of the most prominent religious buildings is the Parish Church of Nuestra Señora de Rocamador, built between the 15th and 17th centuries. It is characterised by having a basilica floorplan, with three naves covered by multiple low ribbed vaults, the number and quality of which make this building one of the most representative of Extremaduran architecture.

The Church of La Encarnación has three naves covered by barrel vaults. The Convent of San Bartolomé rounds off the town’s religious monuments.

Weather

Herreruela

21Aug

Despejado

21 ºC

35 ºC

22Aug

Poco nuboso

22 ºC

36 ºC

23Aug

Poco nuboso

21 ºC

36 ºC

24Aug

Poco nuboso

20 ºC

37 ºC

25Aug

Nuboso

21 ºC

34 ºC

26Aug

Nubes altas

17 ºC

28 ºC

Play

In pictures

AltAltAlt

If you like Valencia de Alcántara Historical Site you will like this too...

Alt

Garganta la Olla Historical Site

The municipality of Garganta la Olla is in the county of La Vera.

Alt

Monumental city of Cáceres

The topography plays an important role in the urban development of Cáceres, as the city stands on uneven ground, between the Sierra de la Mosca mou

Alt

Cabezuela del Valle Historical Site

The municipality of Cabezuela del Valle is found in the central part of the Jerte Valley. 

More things you can find in Sierra de San Pedro

Alt

Dolmens

The municipality of Valencia de Alcántara, in the county of Sierra de San Pedro, in the south-east of the province of Cáceres, is home to one of th

Servicios turisticos

On Instagram...