The cathedral of San Salvador in Zaragoza is the second big church of the city, like the basilica-cathedral del Pilar. It is built in the Plaza del Pilar, people call it “La Seo”.
It is built in an area where the ancient Roman forum used to be, and it was a mosque in the Moorish era. This explains the minaret that is still in the building, and that the external walls have an Arab influence.
It has a combination of styles; the façade is different to the bell tower, a mixture of Roman, Gothic, Mudejar, Renaissance and Baroque. It has been the religious center of the city since Roman times.
The entrance is 2.50 Euros and you can visit it Tuesday-Friday from 10 to 13:30 and from 16-17:30, Saturdays from 10-12:30 and from 16-17:30. Monday is closed and Sundays it opens from 10-11:30 and from 16-17:30. Not to be missed!
The Church of Santa Maria de Magdalena is one of the many eye-catching Mudéjar churches found in Zaragoza, and has perhaps the most aesthetically beautiful Mudéjar tower, complete with geometric brickwork, arched windows, and green and white tile-work reminiscent of Moorish mosque architecture. The structure itself dates back to a 12th century Romanesque church but the current incarnation was completed in the 14th century.
To get there, just head east in the Plaza de Pilar and go behind the Seo Cathedral. You can't miss the tower!
It was already nighttime, and as we were looking for a place to have dinner, we passed this beautiful church. Its facade did not go unnoticed--as it was celebrating a wedding--and just as we passed by, out came the bride and groom. We really liked the decor it had, the amount of detail attracted attention for its color and its size. Reliefs are usually placed in the highest part of the facade, yet in this church they are almost at the bottom of the church, at ground level. We could not visit it, since obviously it was no longer visiting hours, but I found it interesting and I kept wanting to see it further, so I hope you visit it.
While from the outside, it might seem like just another pretty church in Zaragoza, the Church of Santa Engracia is one of the oldest and most interesting churches in the city. It dates all the way back to the 3rd-5th centuries, when it was a temple in the early days of Christianity to St. Engratia. She had learned of the Romans' persecution of Christians in Zaragoza and traveled there to protest. She was martyred (well, whipped to death) as a result of her efforts.
The church also contains beautifully-carved 4th-century tombs made by the Romans that are still on display. It's worth a visit!
Thereare lots of Mudejar churches throughout Spain, and specifically in Aragón there are many which are marvellous. None, I repeat, none, are as beautiful as that in Torralba de Ribota.
A spectacular exterior, with the feeling of a fortress, and above all an absolutely lavish interior which preserves the painted decoration, the gothic altarpieces, the plasterworks… mind blowing.
We organised a fantastic trip to discover three Mudejar treasures: the churches of La Virgen del Castillo in Aniñón, San Félix in Torralba de Ribota and Santa Tecla in Cervera de la Cañada.
Nocturnal rise to the hermitage of San Roque is up from the 1st of August (7-10 h and 20 to 1.30) and goes on to the 9th. There are many people that try to go barefoot (it's a pretty tough climb by its steep grades. The parties (rockin good) are from 14 to 17 August. The day before (the 13th) is the wine of honor (presentation of the rocks). The photos of the chapel are left here, of San Roque, as well as the relics. and dusk views Calatayud (I think very pretty)
The Cathedral of La Seo is, in my opinion, the single most amazing sight in Zaragoza, even more so than the Basilica of El Pilar. While most of the cathedral's marvels are interior, the exterior wall of the "Parroquieta" is a beautiful and eye-catching example of Mudéjar design.
Th wall is covered in criss-crossing arches, geometric shapes, and tiles which weave an immense neo-Islamic web. It's located at the very end of the Plaza de Pilar . Basically, if you're walking to the front door of the Seo, pivot slightly to the left and continue around the corner.
It's one of the most impressive yet often-overlooked little corners of Zaragoza.
This imposing Mudéjar church is located in the El Gancho neighborhood in Zaragoza's historic district, just off to the west of the Plaza de Pilar. As you wander through the narrow bohemian streets of El Gancho, you'll see the tall Moorish-inspired tower between the buildings and you'll feel drawn to it immediately.
The church combines Gothic and Mudéjar styles and was originally built in the 13th century, but has since been elaborated and expanded. Supposedly, the interior is just stunning but I was there late in the afternoon and couldn't visit the inside. I've heard that the inside has two floors and has the breathtaking proportions of a Gothic church with the geometric details typical of Mudéjar constructions.
It's one of the most traditional churches in Zaragoza and was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for being part of Aragon's group of Mudéjar buildings.
You should check it out!
Zaragoza, and Aragon as a whole, is full of Mudéjar architecture. As you wander through Zaragoza, you'll see glimpses of distant towers that seem to recall the Koutoubia Mosque in Morocco more than a traditional European cathedral. One of these towers belongs to the Church of San Gil Abad, a Mudéjar-Baroque temple built in the 14th century.
While we couldn't visit the interior (an ornate, Baroque affair as I understand), the exterior really struck our attention and highlights the unique historical and muticultural legacy that Spain has.