Wednesday, June 4, 2014

西班牙歩きの旅#3 - Zaragoza

Plaza del Pilar
Pilar Cathedral
Cathedral del Salvador


Palacio de la Aljaferia

Zaragoza is a large city because it has been the capital of Aragon kingdom since it was recovered from Islam reign in the 12th century Reconquista. Variety of cultures such as Roman, Islamic, Jewish and Christian are mixed here and its unique architectural style is known as mudéjar. We stayed at Sauce Hotel (€49) in the middle of busy downtown, and looked around Plaza Pilar. We thought La Seo was most magnificent in the area but no photos were allowed inside the cathedral. We had a memorably wonderful dinner in a single-star restaurant nearby in the evening.
The next day, we had plenty of time until late afternoon train, and we visited Palacio de la Aljaferia looking for fine beauty of Islamic architecture. When it comes to a complete version of this kind, one would be suggested to go to Alhambra, but this Palacio is quite enjoyable. We paid the admission of €5 but found the fee for seniors was €1 as we go out, and my partner courageously stated it at the entrance. The result was a smooth refund of €4!

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