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THE FOUNDATION

The Mercedes Calles y Carlos Ballestero is located in:

Casa Palacio de los Becerra 
Plaza de San Jorge, 2
Cáceres

The visiting hours are from Monday to Saturday from 11.00 to 14.00 and from 17.00 to 20.00
Sundays and public holidays from 11.00 to 14.00.
Our telephone number is 927223611
or send an email via our contact form

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The Mercedes Calles y Carlos Ballestero Foundation isan independant, non-profit private institution. It was established from Mrs. Mercedes Calles Martin-Pedrilla's legacy, with th aim of promoting the general interest of the City of Caceres as well as its inhabitants. It also intends to undertake through its programmes, activities related to cultural promotion, science and scientific research, the new technologies, the environment, as well as promoting the socio-economic development of the citizens. 

 

Mecenas de la Ciudad de Cáceres

THE PATRONS OF ARTS OF CACERES

  Mrs. Mercedes Calles Martín Pedrilla (Cáceres, 1915 - Madrid, 2001), who is th patron of arts of Caceres, set up the Foundation which bears her name as well as her husband's, Mr. Carlos Ballestero Sierra. She wanted to donate most of her property to the city where she was born. Throughout her life she contributed ananymously to works of charity, helping those most in need and for many years she had the intention of creating a foundation which would contribute to the integral development of Caceres and Extremadura. She worked with enthusiasm and used her inheritance in order to carry out her great dream: the prosperity of the people or Caceres through culture, understanding, training, knowledge of themselves and of the world. 

MANSION PALACE LOS BECERRA

The origin of this building dates back to the 15th century and is the prototype of a fortified mansion, the model of civil architecture in Caceres built at the end of the Middle Ages whose architecture and technical uniqueness characterizes the historical part of Caceres.

From the very beginning the Foundation's priority eas to untertake, by its own means, the restoration and rehabilitation of the building to be used by this Foundation, while absolutely respecting its original construction and rejecting any modification which absolutely respecting its original and rejecting any modification which might affect its appearance or its facade.

The restoration and subsequent use of this outstanding building is one of the most important aims of the Foundation: the protection, improvement, preservation and the national and international promotion of the city of Caceres.

He building consists of three storeys with an area of nearly 1.000 square metres. The ground floor is designed for a permanent exhibition with a selection of collections of furniture, paintings, glass and antiques donated by Mrs. Mercedes Calles. The two upper floors have mult-purpose uses such as exhibitions, meetings, conferencies, training courses and lectures...

 

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Fundación Mercedes Calles y Carlos Ballestero. Primera Planta