Palacio de la Aljafería
- Calle Diputados s/n
- 976 28 96 83
- Opening hours
April 1 - October 15 (including Easter Week and the Pilar Festival: Every day* 10.00am – 2.00pm and 4.30 – 8.00pm: Guided tours at: 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 16.30, 17.30 and 18.30pm
Rest of the year*:Monday - Saturday 10.00am – 2.00pm and 4.00 – 6.30pm. Sundays and holidays: 10.00am – 2.00pm. Guided tours at: 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 16.30 and 17.30pm
* Due to the activity of the Parliament of Aragon, the days when are held plenary sessions, the palace cannot be visited, except by the groups previously arranged. Plenary sessions are held on Thursdays, during all day, and Fridays morning, but not every week. Therefore, the Thursdays and Fridays when there is no plenary session, the Palace remains opened to visitors.
With a Young Person, Student or Pensioners (over 65) card: €1.
Groups (over 20 people) and with Tourist Bus ticket: €4 per person.
Children 0-12 years: Free.
Educational groups (with reservation): Free.
- From July 1 to August 31: Tours in English at 10am and 5pm, French at 11am and 6pm Parliament Visit (full session): Educational groups by arrangement and pre-arranged groups. Entry to palace finishes 30 minutes before closing time.
Islamic Palace 11-12th Century; Medieval Christian Palace 12-14th Century; Catholic Kings’ Palace 15th Century; Renovations and additions to the modern and contemporary era 16-20th Century.
- Current use
People with disabilities:
Access is provided for people with physical disabilities; and blind or visually impaired people have a model and an explanatory guide to the Palace in Braille.
The Aljafería Palace offers sign language guides for deaf people and users of Spanish Sign Language to access visitor information.
GENERAL BUILDING DESCRIPTION:
The palace, now the seat of the Aragon Parliament (or Corts), is a building of singular beauty. Its long existence throughout history allows us to see the delicate ornamental beauty of a Taifal 11th century palace: its extraordinary wooden ceilings, carved by the Moorish artists who worked on the medieval Christian palace; the magnificence of the era of the Catholic Kings; and the throne room, with its amazing spectacular golden and painted wooden roof.
The Aljafería has lived through many avatars, changes and stages. After restoration of the monument, it has now become a lively and open building, and a cultural landmark in the city.
Its compositional scheme is based on an open, rectangular courtyard with a pool on the south side. This is decorated with two porches with poly-lobed, mixtilinear arches like visual screens, and tripartite ceremonial rooms intended for private use at the bottom. In the north porch, there is a small octagonal chapel with plaster Arabesque decoration.
In the 12th century, the palace began its Christian era and became the palace of the Aragonese kings. There is a series of rooms in the palace from this period which correspond to rooms from King Pedro IV, decorated with splendid carved ceilings; these are of vital importance as the source of the spread of Aragonese Mudéjar art.