Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida

UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationProvince of Badajoz, Autonomous Community of Extremadura
CoordinatesN38 54 57.996 W6 20 16.008
Inscription Date1993
Property (ha)31
Buffer Zone (ha)355
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history
Unesco Reference Number664
DescriptionThe colony of Augusta Emerita, which became present-day Mérida in Estremadura, was founded in 25 B.C. at the end of the Spanish Campaign and was the capital of Lusitania. The well-preserved remains of the old city include, in particular, a large bridge over the Guadiana, an amphitheatre, a theatre, a vast circus and an exceptional water-supply system. It is an excellent example of a provincial Roman capital during the empire and in the years afterwards.
StatusWorld Heritage Site