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Palacio de la Aljaferia, Zaragoza

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Observe a blend of Islamic and Catholic culture at Palacio de la Aljaferia, a fortified medieval palace. Built during the second half of the 11th century by the Moors, the complex was expanded in the Renaissance by the Catholic king and queen. Take in the Moorish designs in the courtyard, the ornate ceiling of the Catholic Monarch’s throne room, and Mudéjar art in the onsite museum. Guided tours are available. The site is now host to the regional parliament of Aragón, which means access to certain areas of the palace is sometimes limited. Find out whether this will interfere with your visit at the tourist office. Add Palacio de la Aljaferia to your Zaragoza travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Zaragoza travel itinerary maker.
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  • Sometimes, you see so many castles in Europe that they all start to look the same. This one shows lots of great contrasts from the Moors and the Catholic influences. Bonus points too that it's an acti...  more »
  • Visited this palacio during one day tour to Zaragoza. Palace was made by Muslim rulers so have that style.of. very nice garden than a ditch for protection and palace.all made of.stones. it is just in ...  more »
  • As a geeky archaeologist I suppose I was expecting more Islamic ruins - what we actually have here is a well restored office building with some interesting exhibition space. Good but not excellent for...  more »
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  • Gorgeous seen at night when it's lit up; during the day, the palace offers some lovely spaces and bits of old mudéjar architecture and design. The orange grove courtyard is thoughtfully reconstructed, and the multifoil arches make a gorgeous backdrop. There are some amazing coffered ceilings, and some original tiled floors. The place can get pretty crowded, especially on Sundays as entry is free. My recommendation: go during an off hour on an off day, you'll feel the vibes better.
  • A place with so much history. 100% recommended. Entrance fee: €3 and students €1
  • Absolutely beautiful. You can walk around the grounds or see some incredible architecture inside. The park nearby is great for kids to run around in.
  • It was Ok. They have preserved this 12th century monument however, it wasn't worth the entry fee.
  • If one has some time to spend... Only small and not so impressive.

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