Basilica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, in Zaragoza, Spainhttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Panor%C3%A1mica_de_la_Catedral-Bas%C3%ADlica_de_Nuestra_Se%C3%B1ora_del_Pilar.jpg
is a city in northeastern Spain. It is the provincial capital of province of Zaragoza and the autonomous community of Aragón. The city covering 1062 sq km (410 sq mi) has a population of about 701,000 (2011 estimate), making it the fifth largest city in Spain.
Basilica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, Zaragoza, at sunsethttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Basilica_del_Pilar-sunset.jpg
The city of Zaragoza traces its history to between 25 BC and 12 BC, when a settlement known as Caesaraugusta was founded in the area. In the 5th century, the Goths peacefully replaced the Romans. Then in AD 714 the Berbers took over the city, and renamed it Saraqusta. By the 12th century, the Christian Aragónese were gaining in strength, establishing the Kingdom of Aragón with Zaragoza as capital.
In the 20th century, Zaragoza experienced continuous growth despite a decline in the surrounding rural economy. It hosted Expo 2008, and is preparing to host the Flowers Expo nin 2014. The city has a renowned tradition for folklore and is famous for is cuisine. It has several landmarks which are inscribed as a World Heritage Site under Mudéjar Architecture of Aragón.
The Bridge Pavilion of Zaragoza, built for Expo 2008https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pabellon_puente_Expo_2008_01.JPG
Going to Zaragoza
Zaragoza Airport (ZAZ) is located 16 km to the west of the city center. It is used by both commercial airlines as well as the Spanish Air Force. There are flights connecting it with major cities in Europe. Arriving at the airport, you can take the airport bus to the city center. The journey takes 45 minutes and costs €1.60. There's a bus every 30 minutes on Mondays to Saturdays and every hour on Sundays and holidays.
New Zaragoza Train Stationhttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tren_Zaragoza.JPG
There are high-speed and regular trains connecting Zaragoza with Madrid and Barcelona. The high speed AVE (Alta Velocidad Expañola) trains cover the distrance with Madrid (from €50) in 1 hour 30 minutes, and with Barcelona (from €60) in 1 hour 45 minutes.
Tourist Attractions of Zaragoza
- Basilica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar
- Catedral de la Seo
- Iglesia de la Magdalena
- Mercado de Lanuza
- Museo Camón Aznar
- Museo de Zaragoza
- Museo Pablo Gargallo
- Roman Walls
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