The capital of Aragon is nowadays Spain's fifth city and a strategic crossroads in the prosperous Ebro valley. Its name, a permutation of the Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus, denotes already how far back history reaches in this city of glorious past. Like Madrid, Zaragoza is now a rarity of a big city in the demographic desert that inland Spain is. As a matter of fact, its 650.000 inhabitants are roughly half of the population of the whole Aragon, which is, by the way, one of the country's largest regions. The historical area of Saragossa, a small maze of lanes enclosed by the Coso Street, is full of architectural jewels and has undergone a meticulous process of renovation during the last years. The city aims now at recovering the banks of the Ebro river, which carries the true essences of Saragossa and Aragon. In this picture you can see a night view of the spectacular Basilica of the Pillar, the spiritual centre of Spain and the best-known landmark of Saragossa.