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by Brianna - August 29th, 2013.
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Without a doubt, the first tourist attraction in the city is the Basilica del Pilar, an imposing Baroque Temple which, since ten years ago, it is one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in the Catholic world. Its altarpiece from the 16th century, the work of Damian Forment, it is made of polychrome Alabaster. Opposite is the choir stalls of the choir, a carving in oak in Renaissance style of great artistic value. The Sainte Chapelle, masterpiece of 18th century art designed by architect Ventura Rodriguez, houses the image of the Virgen del Pilar. The frescoes on the vault of the bandstand are the work of the genius Aragonese painter Francisco de Goya, while the other domes are the work of his brothers-in-law, Ramon and Francisco Bayeu. The footprint of Goya can be followed elsewhere in the city: the Museum of Zaragoza, Museo Camon Aznar and the Cartuja de Aula Dei. La Seo, stands on the site of the main mosque of the old Muslim city a building that combines a set of styles ranging from Romanesque to the neoclassical.

Outside we find the wall of the parish Chapel of San Miguel Archangel, masterpiece of zaragozano mudejar. The Aljaferia Palace is one of the main exponents of the Moorish architecture of the 11th century. The building has been subjected to numerous reforms throughout its history. The most important of them was undertaken by the Catholic Kings in 1492. The oldest part dates from the 9th century and corresponds with the Tower of the Troubadour, a defensive Barbican of quadrangular plant named after a drama by Antonio Garcia Gutierrez which served also as a stage to Giuseppe Verdi for his famous opera Il Trovatore. The Palace occupies a sad place in the black pages of history, from 1485, it was headquarters of the Tribunal of the Inquisition, with its gloomy dungeons and his troops headquarters.

Currently, the Palace of Aljaferia is the seat of the Cortes de Aragon. In Zaragoza are four Moorish towers declared heritage of humanity by UNESCO. Mudejar art combines influences of Islamic art and other Western architectural styles – essentially, the Gothic-. The Mudejar monuments whose construction lasted until the beginning of the 17TH century are characterized by the ingenious use of brick and glazed ceramics, as it can be seen on the towers of la Magdalena, San Pablo, San Miguel and San Gil. The old Lonja de Mercaderes is the best example of Aragonese Renaissance civil architecture. Today, this building is used as exhibition hall. Hotels in Zaragoza offer a very professional, and attention with a long trajectory of a city that is a crossroads and meeting place, accustomed to the reception of tourism associated with culture, the business world and the field of science and University. Traditional hotels joining the modern proposals arising from the Universal exhibition in 2008.

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