Zaragoza Tourist Attractions

Zaragoza, once the residence of the kings of Aragon, lies in the Ebro basin, on the right bank of the river, and from time immemorial has been the principal crossing point for traffic from the Pyrenees into Castile. The Huerta de Zaragoza, well watered by the Canal Imperial and the rivers Ebro, Huerva and Gallego, is a region of great fertility, and Zaragoza is accordingly an important agricultural center, as well as possessing considerable industry (principally metal- processing and engineering).

Cathedral - La Seo

Zaragoza's Cathedral was built between the 12th and 16th C and displays an awe-inspiring Renaissance Capilla del Santo Cristo.

Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar

Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar is a pilgrimage church, built where the Virgin is said to have appeared to the Apostle James.

Plaza del Pilar & Nearby Sights

HIGHLIGHTS

La Aljafería

La AljaferiaLa Aljaferia
On the west side of Zaragoza is the Castillo de la Aljafería, built by the Moors in the 11th Century, which later became the residence of the kings of Aragon and was largely destroyed in 1809. The Catholic Monarchs stayed in the castle, and it was later occupied by the Inquisition. The Aljafería, the only surviving Moorish building in Zaragoza, contains a number of very fine rooms, notably the beautiful little mosque on the ground floor. A magnificent Gothic staircase with a coffered ceiling leads to the apartments on the upper floor, the palace of the Catholic Monarchs. The focal point of the palace is the Throne Room, with an over-ornate carved and painted artesonado ceiling. In the Sala de Santa Isabel St Elizabeth of Portugal was born in 1271. In the days of the Inquisition the Torre del Trovador was used as a prison. It provided a setting for part of Verdi's opera "Il Trovatore".

Other Sights

Aerial View of ZaragozaAerial View of Zaragoza

Paseo de la Independencia

Zaragoza's Paseo de la Independencia, which runs south from the Plaza de España, half way along Calle del Coso, is a fine avenue with arcades along the west side.

Santa Engracia

Near the end of the Paseo de la Independencia in Zaragoza, beyond the post office (on the left), is the former convent of Santa Engracia, an elaborately decorated Plateresque building (15th-16th century) which was almost completely destroyed in 1809 (restored 1898); only the alabaster doorway is original. In the crypt are two Early Christian marble sarcophagi.

Provincial Museum of Art

East from Santa Engracia, in the Plaza de José Antonio, is Zaragoza's Provincial Museum of Fine Art. On the ground floor are Roman antiquities, including a mosaic of Orpheus, Moorish art, and Romanesque and Gothic sculpture. The picture gallery is mainly devoted to works by both older and contemporary Spanish artists, Ribera, Goya and Bayeu being well represented, but there are also pictures by Italian and Flemish painters.
Address: Plaza de los Sitios, 6, E-50001 Zaragoza, Spain

University City

At the south end of the Paseo de la Independencia is the oval Plaza de Aragón, and some 2km/1.25mi farther south, to the right of the Paseo de Fernando el Católico, lies the Ciudad Universitaria of Zaragoza.

Trade Fair Building

South from the Paseo de la Independencia, on the Paseo de Isabel la Católica, is the Zaragoza Trade Fair Building, in which the National Trade Fair is held annually in October.

Museum of Ethnology and Natural History

To the east of the Paseo de la Independencia in Zaragoza, in the beautiful Primo de Rivera Park is the Museum of Ethnology and Natural History.
Typically on display are Aragonese regional costumes, tools, furniture, and a collection of ceramics and pottery. The Museum of Ethnology and Natural History is part of the Zaragoza Museum which operates two locations, including htis one in Primo de Rivera Park.
Address: Parque Primo de Rivera, E-50006 Zaragoza, Spain

Goya Museum

The House of Goya's Birth and the Museum of Etchings, more commonly called the Goya Museum, is located in Fuendetodos outside of Zaragosa. The house is a typical example of the late 18th Century / early 19th century farmhouse. The Museum of Etchings here contains works by Francisco de Goya which include those of Los Desastres de la Guerra, Los Caprichos, Los Disparates, and La Tauromaquia.
Address: Zuloaga 3, Fuendetodos, E-50142 Zaragoza, Spain

Pablo Gargallo Museum

The Palace of Arguillo in Zaragoza has housed the Pablo Gargallo Museum since 1985, featuring many of his works. Pablo Gargallo is a contemporary sculptor from Aragon. On display are early examples of his work in marble and plaster and later works using iron and other pre-cut metals.
Address: Plaza de San Felipe 3, E-50003 Zaragoza, Spain

Roman Forum & Museum

The Roman Forum in Zaragoza provides a glimpse of what life may have been like during the first century of Zaragoza's existence. It is located in the archeological space surrounding the Ceasaraugusta forum. The exhibit can be seen at the excavations in the Plaza de la Seo.
Address: Plaza de la Seo, Spain

José Camón Aznar Museum

The José Camón Aznar Museum in Zaragoza houses a collection of paintings from the 15th century to the 20th century. There is a room dedicated to Goya with four series of engravings.
The museum is located in the Palace of Pardos.
Address: Espoz y Mina, 23, E-50003 Zaragoza, Spain

Museum of Paleontology

The Museum of Paleontology in Zaragoza houses a collection donated by Jesuit, Longinos Navás which includes insects, fossils, vertebrates, etc. of both scientific and historic value.
Address: Sala Longinos Navás, Paraninfo de la Universidad, Plaza Paraiso, 4, E-50009 Zaragoza, Spain

Pablo Serrano Museum

The Pablo Serrano Museum in Zaragoza displays works by 20th C sculptor Pablo Serrano and paintings by his wife Juana Francés. The museum was established in 1985 upon the artists death.
Address: Paseo María Agustín, 20, E-50004 Zaragoza, Spain

Surroundings

Sos del Rey CatolicoSos del Rey Catolico

Sos del Rey Catolico, Spain

Leave Zaragoza on N 232, going northwest, and in 24km/15mi turn right into a secondary road which leads to Tauste, on C 127. From there C 127 runs north via Ejea de los Caballeros to Sádaba, crosses the Puerto de Sos (856m/2809ft) and comes to Sos del Rey Católico, a little walled town which has largely preserved its medieval aspect. Ferdinand of Aragon, "el Rey Católico", was born here in 1452 in the 12th century Palacio de Sada. In the Plaza Mayor are the Renaissance Town Hall and the Lonja (Exchange), and nearby the Romanesque parish church of San Esteban (11th-12th century), with a sculptured doorway and excellently preserved 14th century wall paintings.
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