Founded by Octavian Augustus in 25 B.C. to welcome the veteran soldiers of the campaigns in the north of Hispania, Emerita Augusta was the capital of the ancient Lusitania and will not lose importance in successive eras, such as the Visigothic or with the Catholic Monarchs, until the 80s.
In 1983 it was designated as the capital of the Autonomous Community of Extremadura and became its main administrative center. This historical relevance is added to an enormous heritage that has made Merida a cultural reference in the world.
In addition to its extensive Roman archaeological site, one of the most important in the Mediterranean and a World Heritage Site since 1993, it preserves the legacy of all the peoples that have passed through the city. Among so much history, Mérida has successfully fitted new constructions such as the Lusitania Bridge or the Congress Palace, and it is the site of one of the four campuses of the University of Extremadura.
Mérida hosts a large number of cultural activities. Three highly recommended events are: its prestigious and well-known Classical Theater Festival, Emérita Lvdica, which every year takes the city back to the times of ancient Rome, and Holy Week, a Festival of International Tourist Interest.
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