Thursday, October 25, 2012

SPAIN: ZARAGOZA


After having walked almost 120km along The Portuguese Way of Saint James in Galicia (from Valença do Minho and Tui to Santiago de Compostela), I wanted to visit some villages of The French Way of Saint James because I really like the Jacobean atmosphere. So some weeks later, we visited some of these villages and towns in La Rioja and Navarra (but this time we went from one town to the next one by car):

However we spent previously two days in Zaragoza to visit some beautiful mudéjar churches and buildings before reaching La Rioja.

Below you can see all the places we visited in Zaragoza (and clicking on the next link, some bars and restaurants where enjoy Tapeo in Zaragoza):


Day 1


  • Basílica del Pilar
  • Area of the Expo Zaragoza 2008



Day 2
  • Aljafería Palace
  • Mudéjar church of San Pablo
  • Seo or Cathedral of Zaragoza
  • Church of Santa María Magdalena
  • Lonja
  • Mudéjar Tower of Zuda
  • Parque Grande



Next I would like to show you some pictures of the places I like the most.

Basílica del Pilar



Basílica del Pilar in Zaragoza
Basílica del Pilar beside the Ebro river. Goya left his mark on this temple, particularly on the dome, the setting for his fresco "Queen of Martyrs"



Basilica del Pilar in Zaragoza
Basílica del Pilar in Zaragoza

Palacio de la Aljafería


Palacio de la Aljafería in Zaragoza
The beautifully restored Palacio de la Aljafería rises up majestically near Zaragoza-Delicias Station


Palacio de la Aljafería in Zaragoza
Moat of Palacio de la Aljafería

Palacio de la Aljafería in Zaragoza
Torre del Trovador of Palacio de la Aljafería



Palacio de la Aljafería in Zaragoza
Mudéjar arches of Palacio de la Aljafería


Palacio de la Aljafería in Zaragoza
Mihrab of the Mosque you can visit inside Palacio de la Aljafería


Palacio de la Aljafería in Zaragoza
Mudéjar arches in one of the courtyards of Palacio de la Aljafería

Palacio de la Aljafería in Zaragoza
Courtyard of Palacio de la Aljafería in Zaragoza



San Pablo Church




Mudéjar church of San Pablo in Zaragoza
Mudéjar church of San Pablo in Zaragoza is World Heritage Site by UNESCO


Mudéjar church of San Pablo in Zaragoza
Mudéjar tower of San Pablo church in Zaragoza



Seo (Cathedral of Zaragoza)


Seo or Cathedral of Zaragoza
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


Seo or Cathedral of Zaragoza
Also known as La Seo, particularly remarkable features include the Mudéjar wall of the parish, which you can see in this picture


La Seo in Zaragoza
Another picture of the previous mudejar wall of La Seo in Zaragoza


Santa María Magdalena church


Santa Maria Magdalena church in Zaragoza
Mudejar church of Santa María Magdalena in Zaragoza

Lonja



Lonja in Zaragoza
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





Torre de Zuda


Múdejar Tower of Zuda in Zaragoza
Múdejar Tower of Zuda. Here you can find the Tourist Office of Zaragoza


Parque Grande


Parque Grande in Zaragoza
Parque Grande in Zaragoza




Some weeks before, along The Portuguese Way of Saint James I could visit many interesting places like:

Other cities I visited during this trip in Zaragoza, La Rioja and Navarra were:




    Finally, other beautiful places you can visit in Spain are:


    - Catalonia

    - Basque Country

    - Cantabria

    - Granada

    - Sevilla, Córdoba, Cádiz and Costa de la Luz

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