In the Middle Ages, the city of Zamora was continually fought over by Moors and Christians, which is, perhaps, why this Castilian municipality has such impregnable looking ramparts. The city originally had three layers of fortification and the first of these walls has been preserved almost intact.
Zamora stands on the northern bank of the River Duero that winds its way across Castile-Leon towards Portugal. The city’s position has made it strategically important throughout history. In Roman times it lay on the road from Augusta Emerita (modern Mérida) to Caesaraugusta (modern Zaragoza). Zamora was especially important during the Christian Reconquest and the city passed between Arab and Christian hands on a number of occasions.
Zamora preserves many buildings from the Middle Ages with its walls, castle, palaces and religious buildings – so much so, that it has been declared a Historic-Artistic Site.
The 12th-century stone bridge, the Puente de Piedra…
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