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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida, Spain

[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida is a World Heritage Site in the province of Badajoz, in the autonomous community of Extremadura, Spain.

Mérida, which is today the capital of Extremadura, a city of some 56,000 people, was founded by the Romans in 25 BC, at the end of the Spanish Campaign, and was originally known as Augusta Emerita. The town was established to protect a pass and a bridge over the Guadiana river.


Roman Bridge, Mérida
Roman Bridge, Mérida
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authorshipPedro Martín
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Today remains of the old city from the Roman period has been well preserved. They include the bridge over the Guadiana River, the amphitheater, the theater, the circus and the irrigation system.

Much of the structures in Mérida are well maintained because, even after the fall of the Western Roman Empire, the subsequent rulers re-used the existing edifices and expanded on them.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 17th session of the World Heritage Committee in Cartagena, Colombia, on 6 - 11 December, 1993.

Location: N38 54 57.996 W6 20 16.008 in the Province3 of Badajoz, in the Autonomous Community of Extremadura.
Inscription Year: 1993
Type: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: III, IV
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