The Aragonese capital hides countless buildings and constructions of great architectural and historical value that deserve to be taken into account. Many of them, in addition, are declared of Cultural Interest. Therefore, below We propose seven monuments of Zaragoza that you can not miss if you visit the city. Can you come with us?
1. Zaragoza Monuments: Basilica del PilarBasilica del Pilar - NaughtyNut
Is Zaragoza's best known construction, so your visit is virtually mandatory. It is also constituted as one of the most important Marian sanctuaries of Catholicism and as an artistic center, given the works of great value it houses, such as frescoes painted by Francisco de Goya.
On the other hand, inside the Basilica del Pilar, in baroque style, the main altarpiece stands out, made by Damián Forment in the 16th century. But you also have to look at the main choir, carved in Flanders oak. And, of course, you have to stop before the Holy Chapel, where the image of the Virgen del Pilar is located.Seo - chiakto
It is the second temple of Zaragoza essential visit. In addition, it is only a few meters from the Basilica del Pilar. Its construction began in the 12th century on the site on which the ancient Roman forum was based and the biggest mosque. Originally of Romanesque style, it underwent numerous reforms and extensions until 1704.
Outside the Cathedral of El Salvador de Zaragoza or “la Seo”, the wall of the parish chapel of San Miguel Arcángel stands out. Inside, the Gothic altarpiece stands out, carved in alabaster and polychrome by various renowned artists such as Pere Joan or Hans de Suabia.Aljafería Palace - Loredana Cirstea
The current headquarters of the Courts of Aragonis one of the most significant monuments of Hispanic-Muslim architecture of the eleventh century, being the only one that is preserved from the time of the taifa. It was built by order of the Arab monarch Al-Muqtadir.
The oldest part of the Aljafería Palace is the Torre del Trovador, since it dates from the 9th century, time in which it was built to serve as a watchtower and defensive bastion. Subsequently he has had various uses, such as prison of the Inquisition. A quadrangular and five-story building.Stone Bridge - Iakov Filimonov
It is the oldest bridge that remains on the Ebro river, since its origins date back to the foundation of the city itself, that is, about two thousand years ago. It replaces another wooden one that served at the same time as a bridge and aqueduct, but its current structure dates back to the 15th century.
However, The bridge has been rebuilt several times as a result of the floods of the Ebro River. The last remodeling was carried out in the 20th century, at which time the sculptor Francisco Rallo arranged the four bronze lions at the ends of the construction.Palace of Sástago- FRANCIS RAHER / Wikimedia Commons
Another of the monuments of Zaragoza that you cannot miss is this Renaissance-style palace, former residence of Don Artal de Alagón, third count of Sastago and viceroy of Aragon. It was built in the 16th century and its baroque cover stands out. It currently serves as an exhibition hall.
Larrinaga Palace - Zaragoza Tourism / Flickr.com
«When the deer descends and the fog rises, the whole city - my beloved Zaragoza - is covered with words that arise from silence to nothingness»
-José Antonio Labordeta-
We continue with another of the emblematic palaces of Zaragoza: the Larrinaga palace. It was built between 1900 and 1908 at the initiative of Manuel Larrinaga, although he never got to inhabit it. Due to his profession, the building is decorated with shipping and maritime motifs.
Today, you can discover in it symbolisms and anecdotes of the romantic past of the Aragonese city, starting with that of its first owner and his wife, Asunción Clavero. Both had planned to move to the palace when they retired. However, the woman died before they could carry out such a plan.Roman wall - Iakov Filimonov
During the Roman Empire, Caesaraugusta (today Zaragoza) was surrounded by a wall. It was built between the first and third centuries A.D. Y it is said that he had up to 120 towers.
Of her two sections are conserved: one of eighty meters next to the Torre de la Zuda, while the other is part of the convent of the Holy Sepulcher. One of those monuments of Zaragoza that sometimes goes unnoticed, but worth contemplating.