Coria, "la muy noble y muy leal ciudad de Coria" (the very noble and loyal city of Coria), is a Spanish municipality in the province of Cáceres, Extremadura.
Founded before the Romans occupied the Iberian Peninsula, and called Caura, the Romans gave it its present name in Latin, Caurium, and later the city was granted Roman citizenship. Later in the Visigoth, created the Diocese of Coria that, except for the years of Muslim occupation, held at the Episcopal Coria until the twentieth century, when it was forced to share the capital of the diocese in Cáceres.
The centuries in which Coria was the only capital of the diocese were of great prosperity for the city. After the Reconquest, Coria became the capital of a lordship which belonged peoples still are named as Guijo Coria Coria or Casillas de Coria. After the dissolution, Coria became the judicial capital of Coria.
Today, Coria is the largest city in the northwest of the province of Cáceres and an important commercial and tourist center, to preserve many monuments and hold an annual national tourist interest in honor of San Juan.
Coria was taken twice during the Reconquista, firstly after 1085. It was lost to the Almoravids just after 1109 and unsuccessfully besieged in 1138. The second and permanent conquest was after a two-month siege in 1142.
Main sights: Roman walls (3rd-4th centuries AD), Cathedral of Santa María de la Asunción, in transitional Gothic style, Bishop´s palace (1628), Castle of Coria (1472-1478), Baroque Hermitage of Nuestra Señora de Argeme (17th century), Royal Prisons (1686), Old Bridge (Puente Viejo), dating to the 15th-16th centuries, Convent of the Madre de Dios, founded in the 13th century. The current structure dates to the 14th-16th centuries, Church of Santiago, in Baroque style (16th-18th centuries), Palaces of the Dukes of Alba (15th-16th centuries)