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Do you know what record the wall of Badajoz breaks?

Although some travellers may think that other walled complexes such as Ávila or Segovia are larger, it is the Alcazaba of Badajoz that takes the position of "the longest walled fortification in Spain".

It is not an internationally famous city or one of the most popular historic sites in Spain, but it is the Alcazaba of Badajoz that holds the title of the longest walled enclosure in Spain at 6,541 metres. It is also the largest Alcazaba in Europe.

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A bit of history

The construction of this wall began around the 9th century AD, being reinforced from the 12th and 13th centuries onwards and considered a "new wall". In this way, these fortifications have been the consequence of many military engineers, with reforms that extended the city until the beginning of the 20th century. It was declared a Historic-Artistic Monument in 1931.

Historically, this wall was made up of eight bastions: San José, San Juan, Santa María, Santiago, San Pedro, San Roque, San Vicente and Trinidad; as well as two semi-bastions (San Antonio and Palmas). Today, 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 hold the record for the longest Alcazaba in Spain, as well as being the largest Alcazaba in Europe with an extension of more than 8 hectares.

However, focusing on the city wall, the length of the city of Badajoz is far greater than that of Pamplona (5 km), Segovia (3.4 km), Ávila (2.5 km), Lugo (2.2 km) or Melilla (2 km).extremadura.com, 2020)

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