What to see in Caceres
Located to the south of the Main Square, attached to the fortified wall of the monumental city, is the Balbos Forum, also known as the Atrium of the Corregidor. It is a small square occupying land between Horno Tower and Yerba Tower.
The origins of this square go back to the end of the 14th century when the area was used by the Town Council to hold its meetings because the surroundings were urbanized and therefore a central and safe place. Despite its small size, the Balbos Forum overflows with artistic and heritage wealth.
On this site is located the Pillar of St. Francis, a Plateresque-style drinking trough built in 1577 and reformed in the 18th century. The pillar is divided into three sections separated by pilasters and lintels, with the heraldry of the Catholic Monarchs in the centre. On the sides is the heraldry of Caceres. The site also contains ornamental decorations including medallions with human representations, some cherubs and a shaped finial ball in the centre above an inscription.
Another work that stands out is a replica of the Roman statue representing the Androgynous Genius of the Colony. This is located on the corner of Yerba Tower and represents the prosperity of the city of Caceres.
Despite its simplicity, the Balbos Forum is a striking place and very popular due to its location, as it is surrounded by important heritage monuments, and also due to the tranquillity that is breathed there.