What is in Zaragoza ?
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May 1st, 2010 – by: Paisaroundeworld
The first time I went there was in August 2008, My niece was just a few days old and I was super excited to see her for first time. Kids in your family give you a different prospective of life in many ways, so there was not much touristic stuff for me to do that time, but the other times I'd visited Zaragoza, man I'd been surprised with how pretty, charming and fun this city of Aragon really is.
Here is a quick tour of what to do if you are ever in Zaragoza, Spain:
With 1.326.918 inhabitants Zaragoza is not a small city although it feels like it in every corner because of the simple quiet life all its people like to live. There are big malls and anything you need in the modern world, but people in Zaragoza enjoy walking downtown and playing in the park as well as some delicious Tapas and bocadillos with coffee, beer or wine every afternoon.
Of course you must visit is the Basílica de Nuestra Sra del Pilar, Spain's largest baroque church and an important pilgrimage site. Pilgrims head directly to touch the pillar in the holy chapel on their pilgrimage, an impressive 18th-century structure built Ventura Rodríguez. The alabaster reredos sculpted by Damián Forment on the the main altarpiece in the 16th century are the church's greatest artistic treasure.
Also La Seo Cathedral, known as el Catedral del Salvador, stands on what has been a religious site for thousands of years. There was a Roman temple here, believed to be devoted to Augustus. During the Moorish occupation this was where the main mosque stood. After the Reconquest the mosque was destroyed and a cathedral erected. It was originally Romanesque in style, although further additions were made in various architectural styles including Gothic, Renaissance, baroque and neoclassical. You'll be impressed by its interior that's full of natural light, by the outstanding 15th-century Gothic altarpiece and by St.
I really loved the Murallas Romanas, Near Augustus' statue, a small part of the original Roman wall is preserved. It enclosed the city and protected it from siege until the Middle Ages. Zaragoza's wall was 3km long. The first wall the city had was built in first century but was modified in the third century due to the uprisings of northern nations. It was between 4-5m wide and had 7m towers every 14m. The Roman wall had four gates which closed the main streets: Cardo and Decumanus.
But my favorite is always the Palacio de la Aljafería, Originally built as a summer residence for the Muslim ruler of the area in the 11th century, Abu Jafar al-Muqtadir. It later became the palace of the Kings of Aragon. Its interior contains several buildings from different historical periods.
Expo 2008 was an international exposition held in 2008 in Zaragoza, Spain, with the theme of "Water and Sustainable Development". The exposition was placed in a meander of the river Ebro and let the city with a new fantastic infrastructural and gigantic parks for all the locals to enjoy.
About night life you will always find something to do in the Tubo, a bunch of tiny old streets in the heart of Zaragoza with all the flavor of their tapas and drinks all day and night. There I found "EL PLATA" that really surprise me, more that in such a Spanish town they bring the show in Spanish and in English. It was not only Burlesque, it was a very funny and entertaining art show that let me very impressed, I visit El Plata everytime I visit Zaragoza, Look at it in youtube as: Cabaret El Plata, although this time my sister took me to a new one, less spicy but that I also enjoy it and laugh all night: SALA 976, check it out in youtube as: CABARET BURLESQUE SALA 976. You will see what I mean.
So if you have any time left, hit the mall and discover the how affordable is shopping in Spain or take a walk in the city center you will find lots of fun stuff to do.
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