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Milena Ivanova

LOVE AND BETRAYAL BEHIND THE WALLS OF CÁCERES

 

There are many stories hidden behind the walls of the Spanish city of Cáceres, but there’s a particular one that unites history, legends and beliefs. A story about love, pride, loyalty and betrayal…

Founded by the Romans, Cáceres was conquered by the moors and turned into a massive Muslim fortress. The Christians made many attempts to recover the city during the reconquista, but the unique structure of the city made that nearly impossible. It was not until the reign of King Alfonso IX when history changed… The King sent his best captain to negotiate with the Kaid and convince him to surrender, but when he arrived at the palace he was immediately swept away by the beauty of the Kaid's only daughter. The two fell madly in love and started meeting secretly in a chamber inside the palace hidden by a puzzle of long galleries and tunnels.

Months went by and the offense on the city continued relentless, unending. The gallant captain had returned every night since their first encounter and had been given the keys to the secret gallery winning over the princess' trust. However, little by little the captain got torn apart by his loyalty to his King and the love for his beloved. He had to make a decision. And he did…

One night a small group of Christian soldiers lead by the captain entered the city through the secret gallery. The city was conquered. But when the Kaid discovered that he had been defeated by the betrayal of his own daughter, he cursed her and threw her into the same gallery where she would remain until the sons of the Prophet came back to reconquer the city. It is said that on the night of San Juan her inconsolable laments can be heard all around the city, awaiting the day when she will be disenchanted and free…