The Beautiful Unknown: Trujillo, Spain

In the middle of Extremadura plain, on top of a tall granite dome lies the Castel of  Trujillo, the Game of Thrones Lannister Castle

 

How should I start?…My trip to Spain definitely wasn`t how I thought it will be.  I was amazed by it. Although I was not in Barcelona or Ibiza or even on Costa del Sol, Spain turned out to be so surprising. After Toledo and Aranjuez now Trujillo.

I was crossing the Extremadura plain when a  charming medieval-looking town appeared on top of a hill. Being on my way to Portugal it seemed a good time to rest for a while and visit the fortress that captured my attention. Initially I thought that I am going to have a short walk and then resume my trip, but instead, I stayed there few hours because Trujillo fascinated me. At first glance, it looked like a typical Spanish village but When I reached the main Square everything changed.

Plaza Mayor and Pizzaro`s statue, Trujillo, Spain
Plaza Mayor and Pizzaro`s statue, Trujillo, Spain
Santiago Gate, Old City, Trujillo, Spain
Santiago Gate, Old City, Trujillo, Spain
Santiago Gate, Old City, Trujillo, Spain
Santiago Gate, Old City, Trujillo, Spain

The history of Trujillo goes back to Roman times but there is evidence that it was inhabited since Neolithic. Trujillo is located in Extremadura region. This region has a certain particularity, it is strange looking landscape dotted with round granite rocks and reddish soil. The region is well known for its menhirs also the remains of 7000 years old burial places were found. The granite dome on which the fortress was built is the tallest in the area overlooking Extremadura plain which makes it the perfect choice being a strategic place.

The watch road, Old Town, Trujillo, Spain

The watch road, Old Town, Trujillo, Spain
The watch road, Old Town, Trujillo, Spain
Convento de las Jeronimas, Trujillo, Spain
Convento de las Jeronimas, Trujillo, Spain
Santa Maria Mayor Chutch, Old city, Trujillo, Spain
Santa Maria Mayor Church, Old city, Trujillo, Spain

From Romans, it passed under the Visigothic rule and in 711 it as conquered by Muslims until the 13th century when returned under Christian ruling. The Historical centre preserves very well the influences of Romanesque architecture also Moorish architecture. Many of the religious buildings keep the Romanic treats while the Caste that`s dominating the top was built in authentic Moorish style. Probably this is the reason why the Moorish Castle appeared as the location for Lannister Castle in Games of Thrones Season 7 shooting.The Castle of Trujillo, Spain

The Castle of Trujillo, Spain

The Castle of Trujillo, Spain
The Castle of Trujillo, Spain
Plaza de los Descalzos and Alberca Pool, Old City, Trujillo, Spain
Plaza de los Descalzos and Alberca Pool, Historical Centre, Trujillo, Spain

The Historical Centre has kept its authenticity and its rich cultural heritage can be seen in its architecture. But not only, the old part is more charming and more romantic. Walking on the Watch Road I was asking myself how a sunset looks like seen from there? Or a sunrise? How must it look like to the soldiers that were patrolling on that road keeping the horizons under scrutiny? I wondered how must it have been to live there in those times?

Coria Museum, Old City, Trujillo, Spain
Coria Museum, Old City, Trujillo, Spain
Coria Museum, Old City, Trujillo, Spain
Coria Museum, Old City, Trujillo, Spain
Coria Museum, Old City, Trujillo, Spain
Coria Museum, Old City
Coria Museum, Old City, Trujillo, Spain
Coria Museum, Old City

I enjoyed the streets and I kept trying to capture their magic in my pictures. Such a stunning village. Personally, I prefer the Historical Centre although the main square surrounded by beautiful palazzos attract many people as well. The main square though is connected to another chapter in Trujillo`s history, being the hometown of numerous conquistadores, the equestrian statue in front of Saint Martin Church belongs to Francisco Pizzaro, one of America’s explorers. From Americas, they brought back numerous riches and build impressive palaces. They were explorers but their riches were based on death. Normal in those times, controversial, to say the least nowadays.

Typical street in Old City, Trujillo, Spain
Typical street in Old City
Typical street in Old City, Trujillo, Spain
Typical street in Old City
Typical street in Old City, Trujillo, Spain
Typical street in Old City

Trujillo is fascinating. It is a beautiful unknown which deserves more than being indicated as one of the locations of Season 7 Game of Thrones. Definitely deserves more than few hours, wish I could have stayed more. But is going to be a next time for sure. Some old convents were transformed into boutique hotels and are so romantic. it is not very touristic yet, so you can still enjoy the old city for yourself. It is perfect for a travel adventure but also for a romantic getaway Imagine a full moon and those streets light up by the silver light. Being there I felt the need to know more and I did a lot of research when I came back, but sadly the information is scarce. I am still curious and this is what is going to drive me back to Trujillo. But for now….next stop…Portugal!

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Typical street in Old City, Trujillo, Spain
Typical street in Old City
Typical street in Old City, Trujillo, Spain
Typical street in Old City
Santa Maria Mayor Chutch, Old city, Trujillo, Spain
Santa Maria Mayor Church, Old city
Trujillo, Spain, the city beyond the gate
Trujillo, Spain, the city beyond the gate

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