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BERROCAL DE TRUJILLO

BERROCAL DE TRUJILLO
Trujillo, Extremadura, Spain
INFORMATION

Situated on the high road between Lisbon and Madrid, the historic walled town of Trujillo rose to prominence as a Moorish settlement in the early Middle Ages, though it was first settled by the Romans in 206 BC. The town was built on a large granite batholith and contains Roman era vestiges as well as fine examples of Romanesque, baroque, and Renaissance architecture. Just outside the rampart to the west is the historic berrocal of Trujillo, a 36-square-kilometer landscape characterized by granite outcroppings that have emerged through millions of years of surface erosion. The berrocal is an integral element of the historic town and its view-shed, one that underscores the ancient history of Trujillo and the relationship between the fortified settlement and the wilderness beyond.

A recent plan to expand a solar farm into the berrocal threatens to impact the integrity of that landscape. Solar power is an important form of alternative energy, necessary for the reduction of fossil fuel emissions. These benefits also come at a price, as solar farm construction consumes land and can engender sprawl, thereby impacting cultural heritage and quality of life. Climate change and the need to manage natural and cultural resources compel a dialogue about these potential conflicts between sustainability and heritage concerns, one that will hopefully build the foundation for negotiating a shared agenda.

Download a 2012 Watch poster of this site (see download instructions).

IN WMF JOURNAL

IN THE MEDIA

World Monuments Fund

SPOTLIGHT

WORLD MONUMENTS WATCH DAY

A community picnic was held for Watch Day in Trujillo, Spain. The mayor of Trujillo, representatives from neighborhood associations, and members of the community gathered to eat traditional food, attend a presentation about the landscape, and participate in a walk to enjoy the area’s beautiful scenery.

In Dig Deeper: Watch Day Video
In the Media: Primer encuentro en sintonía con El Berrocal

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View across the berrocal, showing the medieval walls of Trujillo from the Northwest, 2010
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View of “La Magascona” solar park from Trujillo, 2009
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View of Trujillo from the Northwest over the berrocal, 2009
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Community members join in a walk through Trujillo’s landscape, 2012