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Guadalupe is in the province of Caceres in the Extremadura region of Spain.
Guadalupe village has grown up around the fabulous Monastery of Guadalupe which is one of Spain's most popular tourist attractions. In 1325 a farmer found a statue of the Virgin Mary buried in his field. The statue was rumoured to have been carved by St Luke and visitors came flocking from far and wide to see it and a shrine built to house it.
The monastery grew in splendour and has towers and turrets and is a beautiful building. The Monastery of Guadalupe is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Monastery of Guadalupe looks fabulous on the outside but is equally lovely inside. It has a three storey gothic cloister as well as a large Mudejar cloister with horseshoe-shaped arches. In the centre of the Mudejar cloister is a temple-shaped fountain house in the centre.
Tours of the Monastery begin with the museums containing illuminated manuscripts and works of art. The Baroque sacristy is the most splendid in the Monastery. It has eight paintings of monks by Zurbaran hanging on the walls.
The Monastery church is entered through large bronze doors carved with Bible scenes. The statue of the Virgin Mary and her baby are in a tiny room above the altar. The Virgin is dressed in jewelled robes and is one of the few black virgins to be carved.
The village of Guadalup is also attractive with many buildings built in the Gothic style. The town square, the Playa Mayor, is an attractive lively square.
Go to the Pospedaria del Real Monasterio for a drink. Its bar is in a Gothic cloister with a garden. Excellent!
Places to visit near Guadalupe
Travel along the road to Navalmoral until you get to the Ermita del Humilladero (about 5km). You can get some excellent views of Guadalupe from here.
Visit Trujillo to the east of Guadalupe. This small medieval town is the most attractive in Extremadura, especially on a night when its square is floodlit.