Zaragoza Tourism has put together a list of the most iconic sights in the city for a complete tour of the essential spots and those of the greatest cultural value. Enjoy each and every one of them, because they house centuries of history just waiting to be discovered. Beauty, culture and modernity come together to make the city an exciting adventure to experience.
The Basílica del Pilar is the symbol of the city par excellence. Tradition holds that the Virgin Mary came to Zaragoza to the Apostle Saint James (Santiago), who was preaching on the banks of the Ebro, to console him. The Virgin gave him a jasper column as a symbol of the strength that he should demonstrate in his faith. Inside you will find an image of the Virgin resting on a Pillar (Pilar), the jasper column she is said to have given to the Apostle. The alabaster High Altarpiece still boasts some of its polychrome tiles, a spectacular example of Late Renaissance architecture, finished by Damian Forment. Goya also left his mark on the temple, particularly on the dome, the setting for his fresco ``Queen of Martyrs``. A vast basilica of intense emotional resonance for local residents.
It has been a Roman temple, Visigoth church, Mosque and finally a Cathedral, and thus bears witness to a range of contrasting artistic styles: Romanesque, Mudéjar, Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque. Also known as La Seo, particularly remarkable features include the Mudéjar wall of the parish, the Baroque tower and the Neoclassical façade. The main altarpiece, dedicated to El Salvador, is rendered in alabaster. The Chapter House is home to the Tapestry Museum, an interesting tapestry collection spanning the 15th to the 18th centuries.
The beautifully restored Palacio de la Aljafería rises up majestically near Zaragoza-Delicias Station. During the guided tour you can learn about the importance of the palace under the rule of the taifas and subsequently as the residence of the Reyes Católicos. Moreover, this singular building will continue to exist in all of its splendour, since it is currently home to the Aragonese Parliament.
Situated in the Plaza San Felipe, this museum offers you two attractions in one: you can both contemplate the work of Pablo Gargallo, and discover the Palacio de los Condes de Argillo, a late Renaissance building from the 17th century. The significant works exhibited comprise sculptures, documents and drawings donated to Zaragoza City Council by the artist's daughter.
One of the best conserved Aragonese Renaissance courtyards, the Patio de la Infanta was formerly part of the now defunct Palavio Zaporta, whose front and courtyard were bought by a French antique dealer and taken to Paris, and it was dismantled and transferred to the Ibercaja Head Office stone by stone in 1980.
En este recorrido reviviremos el pasado medieval de Zaragoza, recorriendo lugares evocadores q nos ofrecen un auténtico viaje a través del túnel del tiempo.
Set within the most important monumental area of Zaragoza, by the Basílica del Pilar, the Town Hall, the Archbishop`s Palace and La Seo Cathedral, la Lonja is the finest existing example of Aragonese Renaissance civil architecture. A stunning beautiful, uniquely decorated building, it is currently used by the Zaragoza City Council as an Exhibition Gallery.
Fruto de la Exposición Internacional 2008 Agua y desarrollo sostenible, Zaragoza ha experimentado una gran transformación dejando un valioso legado con la construcción de nuevos y modernos edificios.