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Dec 22, 2016
Mérida, the gate to ancient Hispania | The Wandereuse

Mérida, the gate to ancient Hispania | The Wandereuse

Ah, Spain. Such a strange and beautiful place you are. Spain is the result of a mix of many different cultures that occupied the vast land of the Iberian Peninsula over the centuries. Everywhere in Spain you will find reminders of our rich and multicultural past, but no place comes close to the city of Mérida.

Ay, España. Qué país más extraño y bonito. España es el resultado de una mezcla de muchas culturas diferentes que ocuparon el territorio de la Península Ibérica a lo largo de los siglos. En España puedes encontrar en cualquier parte recuerdos de un pasado multicultural, pero ningún sitio es tan rico como la ciudad de Mérida.

Mérida, the gate to ancient Hispania | The Wandereuse

Mérida, the gate to ancient Hispania | The Wandereuse

Even though Mérida is now a relatively small city in Spain (with around 60K inhabitants), it was once one of the most important cities in the Roman Empire. Mérida has more important Roman monuments than any other place in Spain, and the list of ancient sites it is home to is truly never-ending.

Aunque hoy en día Mérida es una ciudad medianamente pequeña en España (con alrededor de sesenta mil habitantes), fue en su día una de las ciudades más importantes del Imperio Romano. Entre otras cosas, Mérida tiene más monumentos de la época romana que ninguna otra ciudad de España.

Mérida, the gate to ancient Hispania | The Wandereuse

Mérida, the gate to ancient Hispania | The Wandereuse

Mérida has an area which reminds me of the Italian Foro Romano in Rome. This site is home to the Amphitheater and Theater, a Roman wall, roads, latrines and thermal baths. But the most exciting thing is that you will find astounding monuments hidden between the narrow streets of Mérida. 

En Mérida hay un conjunto arqueológico que me recuerda un poco al Foro Romano de Roma. En él se encuentran el Anfiteatro y el Teatro, una muralla romana, calzadas, letrinas y termas. Pero lo más interesante es que en Mérida encontrarás monumentos alucinantes escondidos entre sus estrechas calles.

Mérida, the gate to ancient Hispania | The Wandereuse

Mérida, the gate to ancient Hispania | The Wandereuse

Mérida, the gate to ancient Hispania | The Wandereuse

Mérida, the gate to ancient Hispania | The Wandereuse

It’s amazing to think that these monuments have been standing for centuries! Of course many of them have been and still are restored every now and then, but the thought that 2k years ago the inhabitants of Emerita Augusta also set their eyes on these buildings gives me goosebumps!

¡Es alucinante pensar que estos monumentos llevan siglos en pie! Obviamente muchos de ellos han sido y todavía son restaurados de vez en cuando, pero solo pensar que hace dos mil años los habitantes de Emerita Augusta también pudieron contemplar estos edificios me da escalofríos.

Mérida, the gate to ancient Hispania | The Wandereuse

Mérida, the gate to ancient Hispania | The Wandereuse

If you find yourself in the south west of the Iberian Peninsula, do pay a visit to this amazing jewel of a city! Additionally, this region produces one of the best quality cured ham in the whole of Spain, so say hello to delicious tapas and amazing food! And you? Do you know any hidden ancient gems that you think everybody should visit? Make sure to leave a comment down below!

Si estás en el suroeste de la Península Ibérica (por la zona de Lisboa o en el sur de España), merece la pena visitar Mérida. Además, el mejor jamón curado del mundo proviene de esta región, ¡así que di hola a tapas deliciosas y comida riquísima! Y tú, ¿conoces alguna ciudad de este estilo que no sea tan conocida y que creas que todo el mundo debería visitar? ¡Cuéntame en los comentarios!

 

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Emerita Augusta, the gate to ancient Hispania | The Wandereuse

 

20 Comments

  • Reply Robin Masshole Mommy Dec 22, 2016 at 2:46 PM

    What lovely photos you have here. I would absolutely love to visit there myself someday. It is gorgeous.

  • Reply Erin Nichols Dec 22, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    Wow! Spain has always been on my bucket list. The architecture is incredible and you captured it wonderfully. Thank you for sharing! This has inspired me to keep adding to my travel fund, haha.

  • Reply Jalisa Dec 22, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    These pictures are amazing. They definitely make me want to go visit. Its a definite must see.

  • Reply Laura Dec 22, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    I love architecture photography, these are stunning. Looks like an amazing place to explore!

  • Reply Courteney Noonan Dec 22, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    I love your photos! I love ancient buildings and places like this – I prefer going on holidays to look at the culture and architecture of the place as opposed to the beach etc.

  • Reply Belle Dec 22, 2016 at 11:16 PM

    The pictures are breathtaking! I would love to be able to visit this place someday.

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  • Reply Amanda @ Old House to New Home Dec 23, 2016 at 2:45 AM

    I lived in Spain for a summer and absolutely love it! I didn’t get to Merida though Que bonita!

  • Reply Tara Holland Dec 23, 2016 at 7:17 AM

    The buildings are beautiful and it is amazing that you were able to go at a time when it wasn’t overcrowded with people.

    • Reply The Wandereuse Dec 25, 2016 at 10:20 PM

      Yes! Absolutely, crowds drive me crazy! Thanks for stopping by and happy holidays!

  • Reply Jessica Hughes Dec 23, 2016 at 2:55 PM

    We have traveled all over Europe but Spain is the one place we didn’t have the chance to go to. It looks absolutely beautiful and your photos are breathtaking!

  • Reply Jennifer (JenuineMom) Dec 23, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    Ah, Spain! I’ve only been to Barcelona, but it was just gorgeous and so metropolitan. Mérida looks like a fine place to visit. I would love to explore those ruins.

  • Reply Jeanine Dec 23, 2016 at 6:23 PM

    Such beautiful photos. The buildings are just amazing to look at. This is a place I’d love to visit and be able to see for myself. The buildings would just be lovely to see.

  • Reply Maria Han Dec 23, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    What a beautiful pictures, Looks like I want to go there and see it in live I’d love to go there.

  • Reply Brittany Dec 23, 2016 at 9:22 PM

    Wow it’s all so gorgeous! I would love to take a little vacation there to experience it all first hand. It would be an amazing experience!

  • Reply Toughcookiemommy Dec 24, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    I was raised in Spain so I am aware of what a magical place it is. I can’t wait to visit with the family so they can experience how beautiful it is as well.

  • Reply Leta Dec 24, 2016 at 4:49 PM

    Ahhh, Spain, the country I am dying to visit. I love ancient gems and discovering them. Sadly, Lithuania doesn’t have those but I am hoping to visit Spain soon to explore all of them!

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • Reply The Wandereuse Dec 25, 2016 at 10:22 PM

      You have plenty of those to see in Spain, so if you’re planning a trip here I recommend either renting a car or visiting a few different places by train! Thank you for stopping by, Leta 🙂 Happy holidays!

  • Reply Roxanne Dec 26, 2016 at 5:13 AM

    Wow what an amazing history! I would love to travel anywhere with an ancient history!

  • Reply Reesa Lewandowski Dec 26, 2016 at 7:43 AM

    This would be a dream trip for me. As an art history major, these are something I would love to see!

  • Reply Kecia Dec 26, 2016 at 11:47 PM

    Wow, I love this photography. It looks like Merida was once a very booming place!

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