A trip back in time in Zaragoza
Today we would like to take a trip back in time in Zaragoza, the Spanish capital of the region of Aragon, the descendant of what was once the glorious Kingdom of Aragon.
Today, Zaragoza is one of the greatest testimonies of the glorious past of Medieval Iberia, a beautiful city dipped in history, with beautiful people, beautiful architecture and beautiful life. Let’s take a tour around the main tourist attractions here.
But first, to get a sense of the atmosphere in Zaragoza, it is perhaps worth mentioning that the traditional and folkloric undertone is exactly what the city is famous for, along with its gastronomy and local customs. I guess one word for it would be authentic, and this authenticity is present everywhere, be it along the winding roads or in the UNESCO World Heritage Mudejar Architecture of Aragon.
The Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar is probably the greatest symbol of the town. It is a 17th and 18th-century Baroque architectural gem and one of the main pilgrimage sites in Spain after Santiago de Compostela.
Another landmark in Zaragoza is the Cathedral dedicated to San Salvador. It was built in the 12th century and currently houses the Tapestry Museum consisting of 69 priceless tapestries from Flanders and embroidery, 11 of which are on display.
Representing the Moorish culture, the Aljaferia Palace is an 11th-century fort which hosts the Aragonese Parliament. It is also open to the public.
Zaragoza also houses vestiges of the old glorious Roman Empire. One of them is a first century AD Roman Theatre and another notable site would be the Roman Forum which reminds of the ancient town of Caesaraugusta.
There is definitely a lot to see and do in town and maybe the most efficient way of doing this is if you call on Zaragoza car hire, an option that would enable you to move freely and quickly across the city and its surroundings.