Merida is currently the administrative and institutional center of the province of Extremadura, and it is a cultural and tourist reference because it has well preserved a two thousand year- heritage of what once was the capital of the province of Lusitania, Augusta Emerita, one of the most important cities of Roman Hispania.

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Its important archeological ensemble is an evidence of that past, with the Roman Theatre and Amphitheater, which every year hosts the prestigious and world-renowned Classical Theatre Festival of Merida.

Moreover, it has preserved the legacy of the different civilizations and cultures that have been part of it, and that´s why it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993.