Trujillo: land of the conquistadors
Trujillo. Javier Losa. BY CC 2.0From a Roman town to the birthplace of 16th century conquistadors, and the capital of Extremadura from then until the 18th century, Trujillo’s historical journey has earned it honorable titles, such as the Very Noble, Very Loyal, Distinguished and Very Heroic City, and its monuments have been considered a Cultural Asset of National Interest since 1962.
Famous names from Trujillo include Francisco de Orellana, who discovered the Amazon River, and Francisco Pizarro, who ordered the construction of the church and chaplaincy, building the Palace of the Pizarro as reminder of the Extremaduran origin of one of the last advances in American territory of the then-Spanish empire. The Spanish emigrants brought over a wealth of heritage from the Americas, and not only built palaces and stately residences, but also collaborated on the construction of chapels and hospitals, buildings we can still enjoy as we wander through the city’s intricate narrow streets.