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!!