Zaragoza Things to Do

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    The Column - Pilar

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 20, 2014

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    Maiden Maria Pilar is considered the patroness of Spain. There is a legend, that on January, 2nd 40 Maiden Maria appeared before Apostle Iakov when he stayed for a night at a place where Zaragosa is situated now. The maiden was standing on a marble column (in Spanish "pilar"). When the vision disappeared, the column nevertheless remained. Soon it became a place of worship of the first Spanish Christians. They built a small chapel around of the column. A church was built in the VIII-th century. The main relic of the basils - the marble column. It can be seen in Capilla Santa in the east part of the basils. The column is crowned with magnificently dressed statue of Maiden Pilar. Priests change its precious clothes every day.

    Zaragosa - The Column - Pilar (barelief)
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    Plaza de Nuestra Senora del Pilar

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 20, 2014

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    It is considered, that Romans founded colony Cesar August on a place of Celtic settlement Sadduba in the I-st century B.C. Moors grasped Zaragosa in 710 and it became the capital of the small frontier Arabian state. Alfonso I released Zaragosa from the Arabian sovereignty in 1118 and proclaimed it as the capital of Aragon.
    After the wedding of Ferdinand the king of Aragon and Isabella the queen of Castile in 1480 it was formed the united Aragon-Castile state.

    Zaragosa - Plaza de Nuestra Senora del Pilar
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    Basilica inside

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 20, 2014

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    The building of Basilica amazes with the sizes inside. Three altars, the statue of Maiden Maria is kept in one of which, the dome and the arches differ unusual riches of a decor - statues, a marble, bronze, a jasper.
    The dome is decorated by a fresco written per 1773. The appearence of the Sacred Maiden is represented on it.

    You can watch my 3 min 55 sec Video Zaragoza Cathedral part 2 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 20, 2014

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    The main temple Zaragosa is Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar. It has 11 domes. It is the second center of pilgrimage in Spain after the Cathedral in Santiago-de-Campostela.
    The Cathedral was built in the XII century after exile of moors from Zaragosa.
    In 1681 there has been begun construction of a new baroque temple under the project of architect Sanchez-i-Errera. The basil got the modern shape in the XVIII century according to the project of the architect Rodriguez. The towers decorated by a multi-colored tile appeared in the beginning of the XX century.

    You can watch my 3 min 10 sec Video Zaragoza Cathedral part 1 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

    Zaragosa - Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar
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    Viewing platform on the Basilica Tower

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 20, 2014

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    New elements were added in a decor of the main facade in 1969. The rectangular basil is completely executed from a brick. Four towers rise on the sides, there are some tiled domes between them. The main big dome dominates over them. The viewing platform is on a northwest tower of the temple.

    You can watch my 3 min 37 sec Video Zaragoza part 2 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    Memorial at Plaza de Nuestra Senora del Pilar

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 20, 2014

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    There is a memorial, devoted to the discovery of America on Plaza de Nuestra Senora del Pilar.

    You can watch my 2 min 32 sec Video Zaragoza part 1 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    Zaragoza University

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Oct 12, 2014

    The University of Zaragoza, sometimes referred to as Saragossa University (in Spanish: Universidad de Zaragoza) is a university located in Zaragoza, in the Aragon region of Spain. Founded in 1542, it is one of the oldest universities in Spain, with a history dating back to the Roman period. The university has over 40,000 students in its 22 faculties. The university is the only public university in the region. Its activity is spread along the three provinces of Aragon, with teaching campuses and research centres in Huesca, Teruel and Zaragoza.

    You are allowed to visit it inside.

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    Agustina de Aragón Square

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Oct 12, 2014

    Agustina de Aragón was a heroine, and she defended Zaragoza during the Napoleon times, when she avoided the French invaders to take the city. She was born in Barcelona. She is remembered for her courage. Eventually she was captured by the French, but later exchamged for other prisioners. She is today a symbol of the Spanish resistance to the invaders to our country. Sometimes she is called the Spanish Joan of Arc.

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  • walking tours

    by euskaldun Written Oct 4, 2010

    According to the Saragossa tourism site (http://www.zaragoza.es/ciudad/turismo/en/visitas/visitaryan.htm), there are walking tours every Saturday afternoon in different languages for only € 5,- per person (plus entrance ticket to the cathedral) - free for senior citizens, children and unemployed. They need to be booked at least one day in advance, and their route is showed in their website. (it does not include the Aljaferia Palace).

    The panoramic tour you have found is meant for groups and costs € 110,- plus admission tickets per group, not per person.

    They also offer what they call "walks through history" focusing on the Roman legacy, the Mudejar heritage, etc., "walks in the nature", "walks with theater". They all cost € 5,- per person, but they are only available in Spanish.

    I would take the walking tour if I happened to be in the city on a Saturday, and, as the above-poster mentioned, would visit the rest of the mudejar churches, the museums, and the Aljaferia Palace on my own.

    Enjoy Saragossa.

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    a few of my favourites

    by Belsaita Written Sep 15, 2008

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    When in Zaragoza, some of my "must do" would be (in no particular order):

    - Palacio de la Aljaferia

    - La Seo

    - La Lonja (between La Seo and El Pilar, but most visitors do miss this beautiful example of civil Gothic architecture)

    - Palacio de Sástago (usually it has good exhibitions for free, apart of a good opportunity to see how a traditional Aragonse palace was)

    - Iglesia de La Magdalena (Mudéjar tower)

    - Museo Gargallo (I heard it was closed for renovations, not sure it's re-opened)

    - Crypt of Santa Engracia church

    - Having a Bocata de Calamares at El Calamar Bravo (on the tiny street in front of the main door of Santa Engracia church)

    - Strolling Paseo de la Independencia and Plaza de los Sitios for people-watching

    - Buying some "guirlache" at Zorraquino

    - Admiring the old University main building at Plaza Paraiso, before heading to have some "leche merengada" in Cafe de Levante (calle Almagro, near Puerta del Carmen)

    - Buying some "frutas de Aragon" and "pastel Ruso" at Ascaso. You may find much cheaper "frutas de Aragon" at the many souvenir shops near El Pilar, but the ones from Ascaso are top quality!

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    Aljafería Palace

    by Aitana Written Sep 6, 2008

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    This palace was built in the 11th century, during the Moorish domination. When Zaragoza was reconquered, the palace became the residence of the christian kings of Aragón. Later, it would be also the palace of the Catholic Kings, Isabel de Castilla and Fernando de Aragón.
    The Aljafería is a good example of Mudejar architecture.

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    Expo 2008

    by Aitana Updated Sep 5, 2008

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    If you are near Zaragoza, reserve at least one day to visit Expo Zaragoza 2008. The theme of the exposition is Water and Sustainable Development. At the end of the pedestrian bridge, the text in the wood pieces informs of the quantity of water required for the production of a series of goods. All of us are responsible for the use of water and saving water is a must for each of us.

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    Expo 2008. A rest for your feet.

    by Aitana Written Sep 5, 2008

    There are some places where you can refresh after some hours walking from pavilion to pavilion and queuing. This picture was taken outside the Aquarium. After some minutes sitting there, with the feet in the fresh water, we were able to go on!

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    Expo 2008: Torre del Agua

    by Aitana Written Sep 5, 2008

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    Walk up to Torre del Agua. Though the height is equivalent to twenty something floors, there are ramps along the periphery instead of stairs and the ascent is comfortable. The views of the Expo and the city from the top floors are excellent.
    The sculpture that hangs from the top, called splash, changes the colour as you go up, since the images shown in the screens at the bottom change.
    The lifts are reserved for disabled people and pregnant women.

    Splash

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    Museo de Zaragoza

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Oct 9, 2006

    This is a wonderful museum not only devoted to painters, such as the main hero Francisco de Goya (on the first floor), who was born in Aragon, near Zaragoza, but sections on the ground floor dedicated to the history of Aragon, its archaeology, prehistory, and the Roman times, when Zaragoza was known as Ceasaraugusta (Caesar Augustus, the founder of the town in the year 24 B.C.).
    The entrance is free of charge.

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