Mérida

Hey, everyone! This past Friday, we took a trip to this city called Mérida, which is about 40 minutes south of Caceres. It was so cool! The city has a ton of Roman architecture and influences, as you all can see in the pictures below! We first went to some old ruins that were jails, I think?

After that, we walked through a part of the town, and came across a few old ruins that were I believe some kind of temples. We walked and talked through the city as our program director (Toñi)’s friend walked us around the city and gave us a little tour of all the ruins and sites to see!

We went to a park that had a huge amphitheater and Roman coliseum side-by-side! This coliseum, in fact, was visited by producers and characters from the movie “Gladiator” in order to gain a sense of exactly how it would’ve felt like to be in the center of a real coliseum! After standing in the center myself, I probably would’ve run screaming if I had to fight some gladiators. The amphitheater was absolutely amazing with how well it has been preserved over the years (everything in Mérida was constructed around 1st-6th century A.D.). The details on the sculptures would make you think they’re not nearly as old as they are!!

After the amphitheater, we stopped for a lunch break. All of our parents made us bocadillas (snacks) of sandwiches and fruits. In addition to that, we all went together to a restaurant that sold platters of paella for only 6 euros! I think that I ate an entire one all by myself just because I know I’d never eat for so cheap once I get home.

We then went to a Roman museum that had everything from an old excavated Roman crypt to old jewelry from the first century A.D.! I could only get the crypt photos to load onto here for now, but I will try to get the rest of them up as soon as I can! The statues were absolutely amazing. I don’t know how sculptors then were able to add such perfect details to their sculptures.

Overall, Mérida was a very fun and pretty city to visit! I would absolutely recommend spending at least a day here to visit the museums and amphitheater/ coliseum if you are planning a trip to Spain. Stay tuned this weekend for Seville!

UDPDATE: Photos of the rest of the museum have been uploaded. Enjoy!!

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Old jail cells.

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It was an absolutely perfect day to explore!

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Busy town square

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Old Roman temple

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Selfie!!!

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Side view

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There are ruins just tucked away in random parts of the city!

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Park entrance leading to the amphitheater

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Garden in front of the amphitheater

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The stone seat-like structures on the bottom left of the photo were what they used to use for toilets! 💩

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One of many entrances to the coliseum.

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Coliseum (left) and amphitheater (right) are side by side!

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Another coliseum entrance

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Side of amphitheater

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Center of coliseum!

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Gladiators’ entrance.

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What it would look like to walk out into the battleground.

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Another one!

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One of the entrances to the amphitheater (feat. Nolan)

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Imagine seeing a show here!

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Closer shot of the stage!

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Looking out to my audience!

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Roman crypt!

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Real skeleton circa 1st century A.D.

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Roman sarcophagus

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Reconfiguration of an ancient Roman home

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This bull represented a Roman diety.

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The detail of this sculpture is incredible! Created circa 1st century A.D.

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Excavated Roman home

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Acueducto de los Milagros.

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Clever graffiti art we found.

 

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