The walled enclosure of Badajoz
The walled enclosure of Badajoz was built
in the mid 17th century due to raising tensions between Spain and Portugal during the Portuguese Restoration War.
The old medieval wall had become outdated so it was
replaced by a lower and wider wall which would better resist
cannon fire. Bastions and strong doors were also constructed.
The walls had eight bastions which are still preserved: San Vicente, San José, Santiago,
San Juan, San Roque, Santa Maria, the Trinidad and
Also preserved are three safe house enclosures: the San Cristobal, the Picuriña and the Pardaleras (the latter was knocked down with the Provincial Prison built in its place in the
1950s. It now houses the MEIAC).