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Zaragoza is located in the province with the same name of the Aragon Autonomous Community, Spain. As the main city of the area, Zaragoza plays the role of the capital of the province and of the autonomous community. The municipality of Zaragoza has formed a great Metropolitan area around it, comprising numerous other smaller communities nearby. The population in Zaragoza reaches approximately 701,090 inhabitants.
Top Attractions within Zaragoza
La Seo Cathedral is one of the most important religious monuments to be seen in Zaragoza. The Roman Catholic Cathedral is part of the World Heritage Site and of the Mudejar Architecture of Aragon. It presents a wide variety of architectural influences, due to the fact that it was reconstructed or improved several times. You can see signs of the following styles of in: Romanesque, Gothic, Mudejar, Renaissance and Baroque.
Aljaferia is a palace in Zaragoza. The fortified medieval Islamic masterpiece, created in a mixture of Spanish and Islamic architectural styles, is another remain of the cultures which have influenced this community and can be seen as a great part of its history. Built during the 11th century, it was the residence of the Banu Hud dynasty. Today, the palace is the home of the Cortes, the regional parliament of the autonomous community of Aragon.
Las Fiestas del Pilar is a great event in Zaragoza, taking place on October 12th, once with the day in which Columbus discovered America, which is why it is also called El Dia de la Hispanidad. The first name of the celebration is one to commemorate the legend which states the fact that Virgin Mary appeared on a pillar in front of Saint James the Great in the first century.
Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar inZaragoza is a church which name is aimed at the same event with Virgin Mary and Saint James the Great. The beautiful religious monument was built in the 1st or in the 2nd century AD and it presents and amazing Baroque architectural style. Roman Catholic church is reputed to be the first church dedicated to Virgin Mary in history.