Arco de la Estrella, traditional entrance to the monumental city of Caceres, came to replace the New Gate building during the fifteenth century. It gets through Plaza Mayor and Plaza de Santa María, both hubs of the city for centuries.
Baroque style, it was built by Manuel de Larra Churriguera in the eighteenth century on an arch from the fifteenth century, it is an arch of great amplitude and skew, made in this way to facilitate the way of carriages to the Monumental City. It is built by perforation of the wall, which retains its battlements. On the back there is a temple in which the statue of Our Lady of the Star which gives the name to the arch.
It is considered as the most important gate of the Monumental City, since it was the place chosen by the Catholic Queen to swear the Jurisdictions and privileges in 1477, in this same arch swore the Jurisdictions city Ferdinand “The Catholic” on 1479. Also it is called the New Gate, being the last gate built in the wall.
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