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La Rioja (Spain)

Rioja wine and fossilized dinosaur tracks

186km

42.25-2.5

Bilbao

Municipality and city in Spain

262km

43.257-2.9234

Madrid

capital and largest city of Spain

330km

40.42029-3.70342
Sights

Church of Santa Engracia de Zaragoza

109m

41.64888889-0.88277778

Puerta del Carmen

A surviving example of what once were 12 entry gates to the walled city of Zaragoza. The gate looks ancient, but was actually built in 1789 in neoclassical style, hence its resemblance to Roman ruins. The gate's dishevelled appearance documents its role in several sieges of the city and this is why the gate was not restored to its original glory - although minor repairs were carried out in 1997, when a bus collided with it

476m

41.649833-0.887581

Zaragoza Museum

The municipal museum is free and is very much worth a visit for its impressive mosaics from Caesaraugusta and for its celebrated collection of Goya.

543m

41.6482-0.8786

San Pablo (Zaragoza)

The third Mudéjar church features a gothic portal and another altar by Damián Forment, as well as an pyramid-spired octogonal tower, whose shape is echoed by two lanters flanking the portal.

594m

41.65608333-0.88611111

San Miguel de los Navarros

Another example of Mudéjar architecture, with a square tower and polygonal apse reminiscent of that of la Magdalena. It retained a richly-gilded Renaissance high altar by Damian Forment, but its tower did not escape a baroque intervention in the form of a spire.

756m

41.6496-0.8765

Cathedral of the Savior of Zaragoza

Located on the Plaza de la Seo, the cathedral is referred to as la seo ("the see") to distinguish it from the other cathedral, el pilar. La Seo has originally been constructed one the site one of the first mosques during the Moorish domination of Aragon, built perhaps as early as the 8th century, and destroyed to make way for a romanesque church in the 12th century. Zaragoza became an independent diocese in the 14th century and the church became its cathedral, immediately being afforded renovations in the gothic and moorish (mudéjar) styles. Many other reconstructions followed, due to both changing tastes and architectural necessities, as parts of the cheaply-built cathedral began to fail over time, including the collapse of the its in the 15th century.In the 17th century, the church has been involved in a canon law battle with the newly-reconstructed Basilica of Our Lady on the Pillar over which should be the seat of the diocese and thus the cathedral, which finally saw Pope Clement X declare them joint cathedrals with special provisions to make sure both enjoy equal status. La Seo is now a mixture of styles spanning between 12th and 19th centuries, and features an exquisite collection of tapestries. Entrance closes sometimes during the day when there's mass.

910m

41.65456-0.87585

Santa María Magdalena, Zaragoza

Distinctive for its square tower and polygonal apse, la Magdalena stands out within the old town of Zaragoza as one of the few relatively intact examples of Mudéjar architecture of the 14th century. That said, its interior was renovated in the baroque period.

1.1km

41.6525-0.87388889

Puente de Piedra (Zaragoza)

The central bridge of Zaragoza, built in the 15th century and reconstructed many times afterwards to repair flood damage and reinforce the construction. Today it is restricted almost entirely to pedestrian traffic and features four pillars at its ends with lions, symbols of Zaragoza.

1.1km

41.65722222-0.87527778

Aljafería

A Moorish castle with intricate decorations including ceilings of gold. The castle now houses the Aragon regional parliament.

1.6km

41.656472-0.89675

Aragon

autonomous community in Spain

55km

41-1

Pamplona

capital city of Navarre, Spain

128km

42.81666667-1.65

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Zaragoza

Spain
Zaragoza is the capital and largest city of Aragon in Spain, and one of Spain's five largest cities, but it is one of the least known outside of Spain. Founded on the river Ebro in times of the Roman Empire as Cesaraugusta, Zaragoza now holds a large cultural and architectural heritage attesting to 2,000 years of affluence and importance. The city is most known for its Basilica del Pilar, built to venerate the apparition of Virgin Mary to Saint James in earliest Christian times, which became a major cultural identity fixture of Christian Spain. The city was again put on a global map by the 2008 Expo, which left it with a whole new modern part developed further for various purposes after the exhibition closed.

Personal note

One new year I flew into here simply because it was cheap and there were trains for not too much to go to Barcelona. It turned out to be quite a nice little city. So if you are on a budget, and want to go to Barcelona, consider stopping off at this interesting little city.

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Climate

Average temperatures

Jan

10.5°C2.7
Precipitation: 21 mm

Feb

13.1°C3.3
Precipitation: 21.5 mm

Mar

17.3°C5.8
Precipitation: 19.1 mm

Apr

19.6°C7.9
Precipitation: 39.3 mm

May

24.1°C11.8
Precipitation: 43.7 mm

Jun

29.3°C15.8
Precipitation: 26.4 mm

Jul

32.4°C18.3
Precipitation: 17.3 mm

Aug

31.7°C18.3
Precipitation: 16.6 mm

Sep

27.1°C15.2
Precipitation: 29.5 mm

Oct

21.4°C11
Precipitation: 36.4 mm

Nov

14.8°C6.3
Precipitation: 29.8 mm

Dec

10.8°C3.2
Precipitation: 21.4 mm