Cuacos de Yuste is famous as being the last place that Carlos V of Spain, Holy Roman Emperor and one of the most powerful people in the world, ever, spent his declining years watching endless holy masses and repairing complex timepieces. His decision to leave to empire in the hands of his son, Philip II, was a momentous one and meant that he effectively removed himself from the world. His legacy and evidence of his last years on earth are well restored in the monastery of Yuste close to the small, beautifully preserved medieval village of Cuacos de Yuste in Cáceres province in Extremadura.
Our image gallery illustrates both the village of Cuacos de Yuste and the monastery where Carlos V spent his last earthly days itself. The village is well preserved in the medieval fashion and it’s not hard to image the entourage of Carlos V labouring towards the monastery along the unpaved roads, a feature that can still be seen today.