Cáceres Patrol Path

There is arguably no better way to enter the old quarter of the city than via the star arch, which takes us to an area known as Cáceres’ patrol path, an interior walkway which spans the city wall and today, has been converted into a circular road. The only original door is the Christ Doorway which is part of the Roman wall and which opened onto the Silver Route. The patrol path takes us on a journey to the Old Jewish Quarter, a place which is easily identifiable by its whitewashed houses and narrow alleyways and invites us to stop off at the Saint Anthony chapel, which was once a synagogue. In the Bastion of Wells, now a Jewish conservation centre, we encounter a tunnel from where the Christian soldiers gained entrance to the city. The square opens up on the other side of the patrol path and onto the Doorway to Mérida, where we are greeted by one of the city’s oldest convents, that of Saint Clare.

The Saint Anthony Infirmary, was constructed here by the Franciscans to take care of the poorest patients, it was financed by noble families who put forward money for health care costs. Nearby, we come across the Golfines de Arriba Palace and its Homage Tower, the only such tower that the Catholic Kings allowed to be built within the zone as recompense for the support they received after issuing a decree against the construction of defensive towers. The circuit is completed along the Saint Ana patrol path, where we can gain entrance to the Municipal Museum. Built into a section of the medieval wall, this houses a permanent collection of artifacts which allow us to learn a little more about the city’s cultural heritage. A circular walk along a wall which dates back to Roman times and remarkably, has withstood the test of time to remain intact to this very day.