Zaragoza Travel Guide

Main sights

Near the basilica on the banks of the Ebro are located the city hall, the Lonja (old currency exchange), La Seo (literally "the See" in the Aragonese language) or Cathedral of San Salvador, a magnificent church built over the main mosque (partially preserved in the 11th-century north wall of the Parroquieta), with Romanesque apses from 12th century; inside, the imposing hallenkirche from the 15th to 16th centuries, the Baroque tower, and finally, with its famous Museum of Tapestries near the Roman ruins of forum and port city wall.

Some distance from the centre of the old city is the Moorish castle (or palace) Aljafería, the most important Moorish buildings in northern Spain and the setting for Giuseppe Verdi's opera Il trovatore (The Troubadour). The Aragonese parliament currently sits in the building.

The churches of San Pablo, Santa María Magdalena and San Gil Abad were built in 14th century, but the towers may be old minarets dating from the 11th century; San Miguel (14th century); Santiago (San Ildefonso) and the Fecetas monastery are Baroque with Mudéjar ceilings of the 17th century. All the churches are Mudéjar monuments that comprise a World Heritage Site.

Other important sights are the stately houses and magnificent palaces in the city, mainly of the 16th century: palaces of the count of Morata or Luna (Audiencia), Deán, Torrero (colegio de Arquitectos), Don Lope or Real Maestranza, count of Sástago, count of Argillo (today the Pablo Gargallo museum), archbishop, etc.

On 14 June 2008, the site of Expo 2008 opened its doors to the public. The exhibition ran until 14 September.

Other sights
San Ildefonso church
San Nicolás de Bari church
Palacio de Larrinaga
Santo Tomás de Aquino church
San Agustín Convent
Church of Santa Isabel de Portugal
Casa Solans
Palacio de los Luna
Arch of Deán
Arguillo Palace
Casino mercantil
Bullring
The Giants of Zaragoza
Jose Antonio Labordeta Park
San José Bajo Arena
Casa Rivero Lahoz
"Quique" Stadium (Home of El Salvador Football Club)
Sanctuary of Mercy Church – Borja (restored Jesus Fresco)
Museums

Museums in Zaragoza are:

Museum of Fine Arts Zaragoza, with paintings by early Aragonese artists, 15th century, and by El Greco, Ribera and Goya, and the Camón Aznar Museum, with paintings ranging from Rubens, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Velazquez and Goya to Renoir, Manet and Sorolla.
Centro de Historia (Zaragoza), Pza San Agustín nº2, (Barrio de la Magdalena)
Museo Diocesano de Zaragoza – MUDIZ.Palacio Arzobispal. Pª Echegaray y Caballero 102
Museo Pablo Gargallo, Pza. San Felipe
Museo de Tapices de La Seo (Catedral del Salvador)
Museo de Zaragoza, Pza. de los Sitios 6
Museo Pablo Serrano, Pº María Agustín 20
Museo Camón Aznar, C/ Espoz y Mina 23
Museo Paleontológico de Zaragoza, C/ Pedro Cerbuna 12
Museo del Teatro de Caesaraugusta, Calle de San Jorge 12
Museo del Foro, Plaza de la Seo 2
Museo de las Termas Públicas de Caesaraugusta, Calle de San Juan y San Pedro, 3–7

source: Wikipedia

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