What to see in Caceres
The Yusuf Al-Burch Arab House-Museum is an original Arab house from the 12th century that is located on the so-called Cuesta del Marqués, next to St. George's Square. It was inaugurated in 1976.
Its previous owner, José De la Torre, discovered the Roman and Arab vestiges inside during a reform process when he acquired it. Thus, he decided to restore it thoroughly to return it to its original shine.
The number of artistic and historical relics in the house-museum is impressive. For starters, it has a cistern, an authentic medieval cellar, Roman baths, a beautiful Moorish-style garden and a collection of weapons found in the original hamman.
The house was built on ancient Roman foundations, and Romans, Jews, Muslims and, finally, Christians lived inside. Based on archaeological evidence, it is presumed that the Arab owner of the house was a wealthy merchant due to the house’s splendid décor.
Among the many architectural details of great beauty and value are its splendid semicircular and half-barrel vaults and its arches, all of them made of brick, which support beautiful Roman columns dating from 10 BC.
The Yusuf Al-Burch Arab House-Museum is the only original Muslim house from the 12th century that remains open to the public throughout Spain. That is why it has gained immense notoriety and popularity, becoming one of the most attractive and visited from all over Extremadura.