Updated: Jul 18
Although some travelers may think that other walled complexes such as Ávila or Segovia are larger, it is the Alcazaba of Badajoz that achieves the position as "the longest walled fortification in Spain".
To the surprise of some people, it is not an internationally known city or a more prominent national complex: the Alcazaba de Badajoz, in the city of Badajoz, boasts the title of the longest walled enclosure in Spain (6541 meters), in addition to being the Alcazaba largest in all of Europe.
A bit of history
The construction of this wall began around the 9th century AD, being reinforced from the 12th and 13th centuries and considered a “new wall”. In this way, these fortifications have been the consequence of many military engineers, having reforms that expanded the city until the beginning of the 20th century.
Historically, this wall was made up of eight bastions: San José, San Juan, Santa María, Santiago, San Pedro, San Roque, San Vicente and Trinidad; in addition to two semi-bastions (San Antonio and Palmas). To date, only the bastion of San Juan has disappeared (ElPeriodico.com, 2020).
Finally, it was declared a Historic-Artistic Monument in 1931.
What other fortifications does it surpass?
The wall and the Alcazaba of Badajoz achieve the record in Spain in terms of length; in addition to being the largest Alcazaba in Europe (with more than 8 hectares of space).
But, focusing on the wall, the city of Badajoz has an area that exceeds Pamplona (with 5KM), Segovia (with 3'4KM), Ávila (2.5KM), Lugo (with 2'2KM) or Melilla ( with 2KM). (extremadura.com, 2020)
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