Trujillo, Extremadura. Birthplace of conquerors and more !

On my last trip to Madrid as I was saying in my last post on it, had the grand opportunity to visit this wonderful town, Trujillo, in the region of Extremadura. I was here so many years ago when a teenager, and now it was like visiting for the first time. The city is compact ,and full of history all around you.

I was taken there by car, and given a short tour of the city that turn out very nice.  We stop along the road for gas at a Repsol service station at El Berrocal  at the road A5. We arrive right into the plaza Mayor, full of historical buildings all around it,and the huge statue of conqueror of Peru Francisco Pizarro.  You can see the beautiful church of San Martin, dating from 1440AD . There are the baptismal pedestal still from this period.  The chapel or Capilla Mayor was done in 1572 , there was the wooding carving and the clock was already there. Imposing facing the square or plaza mayor.

In the square or plaza Mayor you will see the Palace of the Pizarro (Marquis of La Conquista, marquis of the conquest).   The palace was the home of Hernando Pizarro y Vargas and Francisca Pizarro Yupanqui, brother and daughter respectively of Francisco Pizarro, the conqueror of Peru. Building was commenced in 1560 . The shield depicts a few scenes the history of the conquest including the arrival of ships ,the walls of Cuzcotogether with the Incan Emperor Atahualpa and his chiefs, and is a dramatic reminder of the role that Pizarro played in the conquest of the Incan Empire. The interior of the palace, similar to the exterior, is built in a renaissance extremaduran style incorporating not only indigenous decorative features, but also Castilian and Italian touches.

Another gem in the square or plaza Mayor is Palace of Carvajal Vargas (Dukes of San Carlos). The palace was built in the middle of the 16th century for Diego de Vargas Carvajal, Lord of Puerto de Santa Cruz. Constructed just a few years before the Palace of the Marquis de la Conquista with which it shares many similarities, it is the grandest example of Extremaduran renaissance civil architecture. This can be seen from features such as the extraordinary corner balcony, the unusual chimneys and the detail on the facades. It is also famous for its internal patio and the ornate flying stone staircase, completed in about 1650

You can tell from the plaza mayor the dome of the tower of Alfiler or pin tower at the Mansion of the Chaves-Orellana  built by the beginning of the 16th century a grandson of the renowned Castilian personage and confidant of Queen Isabel the first, Luis de Chaves “El Viejo”, modified the existing defensive building which included the Torre de Alfiler (Pin Tower). The new construction which was gothic in style included a partially cloistered patio and a sun galery (logia) in the upper part of the facade. This building was partially destroyed in 1828 but we know how it appeared from a Laborde etching dating from the early 1800´s.the decoration in various houses around the square. To one end up the stairs you reach the tourist office. Tourist office webpage http://www.turismotrujillo.com/

Before reaching thus ,we had a great lunch at Hotel Las Cigueñas, just before reaching the city. Its a complex hotel, restaurant,and events facilities. La Bodega restaurant inside is wonderful, we had tapas entrees of iberico ham, mollejas de cordero,a nice lubina fish dish, and red wine tayita from the region, all well serve, friendly efficient and well done. One for coming back. webpage http://www.hotelasciguenas.com/english/

Best way here as always with my opinions is the car of course. Out of madrid on the A5 will get you here, webpage http://guiarepsol.com/MapasRutas/Ruta/mapa.aspx#X=-3.704482&Y=40.416344&z=5 . However, you could come by bus on Avanza, webpage here  http://www.avanzabus.com/web/default.aspx

Hope you enjoy this bit of trip into the real Spain, seductive and beautiful, historical and grand. Trujillo will be remembered.

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