Zaragoza

Zaragoza is the capital of Aragon. It is a city full of custom and culture. Only small numbers of non-Spanish find their way to this large and lively city between Madrid and Barcelona. Three quarters of the million people population of Aragon are living in Zaragoza. Besides some outstanding historic sights and its proximity to the central Pyrenees, there are excellent restaurants serving Aragonese food.

Near the basilica on the banks of the Ebro are located the city hall, the Lonja (old currency exchange), La Seo (literally in Aragonese language, the cathedral) or Cathedral of San Salvador, a magnificent church built over the main mosque (partially preserved in the 11th century north wall of the Parroquieta), with romanesque apses from 12th century; inside, the hallenkirche from 15-16th centuries ,the baroque tower, and, finally, with its famous Museum of Trapestries. Near, the Roman ruins of forum and port city wall.

Near this area is a tapas zone called El Tubo and a nightclub district called El Casco Viejo. The most important Zaragoza museums are the Museum of Fine Arts, with paintings of early Aragonese artists, 15th century, and of El Greco, Ribera and Goya, and the Camon Aznar Museum, with paintings ranging from Rubens, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Velazquez and Goya to Renoir, Manet and Sorolla.

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