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The definition of tranquility

The Aljafería Palace was probably the best thing I visited in Zaragoza, although its Mudéjar churches and basilicas were great too. This castle-palace was built by the Moors in the 11th century and, along with the Alhambra in Granada and the Mosque in Cordoba, is one of the best examples of Islamic art and architecture in Spain.

The courtyard with its gently tricking waterfalls, creeping ivy, flowers, and Islamic archways, is the definition of tranquility. Later, as you move through the rest of the building, it's like traveling through history. You move through rooms that are Islamic, Mudéjar, Renaissance...all with those mind-boggling ornate ceilings which are so common in Spain.

It's free to visit on Sundays (although you can't visit the administrative part, but who cares?) and if you get there early, you'll beat the tour groups and have the place to yourself. I think this should be your first visit in Zaragoza. You won't regret it!
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The palace of happiness

In the neighborhood of Almozara, and of clear Arab descent, is the “Palace of Happiness”, or the Aljafería Palace. The impressive building is the current place of the Parliament of the Courts of Aragón; this is why the street is called “calle de los diputados” (“members of parliament” street).

I have a long relationship with this building, since I live on the other side of the Aljafería Park; my people, my family and my memories are linked to this place: I have played in the natural labyrinth next to it, I got drunk in this same place, I visited the parliament with school, I have visited its patio and arcades many times and I still think that it is the prettiest Arab building that I have seen; I have shown it to all my friends from other cities and basically I have visited its surroundings many times, and I know the corners by heart, always seeing the same people come again and again to this wonderful place.
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For me, it is one of the prettiest corners in Zaragoza.

It was built in the 9th century as a recreational house for the Muslim kings of that time. Later, after the conquest of Zaragoza by Alfonso I, it became the residence of the Christian King and Queen.

It has been reformed at least once in every century; the last time was in 1862.

It has an enormous patio with gardens, halls with enormous stone arches, wood carvings, wells and huge windows. It is a must see of the capital of Zaragoza.
See Carlos Millán Gómez's photos
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Discover the aljaferia with your family

The Aljaferia was the palace of the Muslim kings, of the Christian kings of Aragon and of the Catholic Kings, but also the headquarters of Inquisition for centuries and then a barracks.

All of this has converted it into the place loaded with more legends about the city. In its patios still you can hear rumours about the fairy tales, and in every one of its corners there are stories of troubadours, princesses, witches… do you want to know about them? So in February in “Gozarte” we have a lot of ideas about discovering true stories of love or legends that have taken place in the palace, like that of “El Trovador”.

If you come with children, for example, we invite you to travel with all the senses to the Aljaferia of more than a 1000 ago. You only have to open our chest and spices and smells of the orient will escape, the fabric of Damascus…
Carlos Millán Gómez
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Information about Aljafería Palace

Aljafería Palace Phone Number
+34 976 28 96 83
+34 976 28 96 83
Aljafería Palace Address
Calle de los Diputados, s/n
Calle de los Diputados, s/n
Aljafería Palace Opening Hours
mon 10:00 - 14:00 to 16:30 - 20:00
tue 10:00 - 14:00 to 16:30 - 20:00
wed 10:00 - 14:00 to 16:30 - 20:00
thu 10:00 - 14:00 to 16:30 - 20:00
fri 10:00 - 14:00 to 16:30 - 20:00
sat 10:00 - 14:00 to 16:30 - 20:00
sun 10:00 - 14:00 to 16:30 - 20:00
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