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City of Four Cultures

Letting yourself flow with the Ebro River means travelling through time. Zaragoza has something for everyone.

From Goya paintings to the latest in urban art, Roman theatre to contemporary dance, centenary businesses to alternative spaces, the last 'café cantante' (music café) in Europe to the Plaza del Pilar, vermouth nights, ‘urban knitting’ to Aragonese peasant pearl stockings, the 'jota' to ‘indie’ music or hip hop, the local market to designer ‘markets’, the lush banks of the Ebro to steppe parks, the San Valero 'roscón' ring cake to cupcakes, street entertainment to traditional theatres… art, theatre, concerts, shopping, design, history -… Zaragoza has a plan for you.

What to see

  • El Pilar. This Baroque church is a mecca for Catholic pilgrims. It is also a top-flight centre of art with a valuable collection dating to different periods. Highlights include the 16th-century main altarpiece by Damián Forment, the main choir, the organ and the Holy Chapel (designed by architect Ventura Rodríguez) - an 18th-century masterpiece that houses the 15th-century statue of Our Lady of the Pillar on a plinth. The frescoes on the small choir vault and the Regina Martyrum dome were painted by Goya.
  • La Seo Cathedral. Built on top of the main mosque in the old Muslim city, the oldest remains are those preserved in the Romanesque apse that dates to the 12th century. An eclectic mix of styles, the flourishes in the church run from the Romanesque to the Neoclassical. The exterior wall of the parish chapel of San Miguel Arcángel stands out as a masterpiece of local Mudejar style, as does the interior Gothic main altarpiece cast in polychrome alabaster. The Tapestry Museum houses an extraordinary collection of Flemish tapestries owned by the Metropolitan Ecclesiastical Council.
  • La Aljafería Palace. This is one of the most important examples of 11th-century Hispano-Islamic architecture. Although the building has undergone successive renovations, visitors can tour the beautiful landscaped porticoes in the Santa Isabel Courtyard, the Golden Salon and the Chapel. The Mudejar palace of Peter IV and the chapel of San Martín are standout examples of the post-Reconquista period.
  • Museum of the Teatro Caesaraugusta. The Roman theatre was undoubtedly a monumental building and the most popular in the city. Located in a privileged urban area, in alignment with the hot springs and the forum, construction began in the era of Tiberius.
  • The Carthusian Monastery of Aula Dei. From an artistic standpoint, the monastery of Aula Dei is particularly important both for its huge architectural value and the value of the works of art inside its walls.
  • San Salvador Cathedral. The first Christian cathedral in Zaragoza, it was built in dedication to San Salvador and sits in the same spot where the Roman temple in the forum, the Visigoth church and the main mosque once stood. The main altarpiece is a highlight and a good example of European Gothic style dating to the 15th century; it was commissioned by Archbishop Dalmau de Mur.
  • La Zuda Tower. The tower we know today has been rebuilt several times although it was once the keep in the Zaragoza citadel, built on top of one of the turrets from the Roman city wall.
  • Convent of Santo Sepulcro. This monastery was founded in the 13th century and is the sole example of Mudejar convent architecture to have survived to the present day in the city. It was granted National Monument status as far back as 1893.
  • Deán Arch and House. This is one of the most emblematic spots in the city. Its origins date back to the 13th century when a building was proposed to connect the cathedral with the new house of the Dean, the head of the council after the prelate.
  • Church of La Magdalena. Construction began on the church in the 14th century to replace an earlier Romanesque church. It has a single nave with chapels between the buttresses and a polygonal apse.
  • Church of San Pablo. The church was built to replace the old Romanesque chapel of San Blas, which had become too small for the growing local population. The current church includes several extensions added to the original 14th-century design - a highly valuable example of Mudejar style from Zaragoza.
  • Zaragoza Expo. Thanks to the 2008 International Exposition Water and Sustainable Development, Zaragoza has seen huge transformation leaving a valuable legacy of new modern buildings.

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