Palacio de la Aljaferia, Zaragoza

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Must see · World heritage site · Monument · Historic Site
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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. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Zaragoza holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Palacio de la Aljaferia and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • This was on our must see list when we visited Zaragoza and we are very glad we did make the effort. It is a 10 / 15 minute walk from the centre of town. Even though we were visiting in November we... 
    This was on our must see list when we visited Zaragoza and we are very glad we did make the effort. It is a 10 / 15 minute walk from the centre of town. Even though we were visiting in November we...  more »
  • After we've visited Palacio, we realized how many vivid impressions we got! A glorious place where you can get inspiration and just admire the historical heritage. 
    After we've visited Palacio, we realized how many vivid impressions we got! A glorious place where you can get inspiration and just admire the historical heritage.  more »
  • An interesting building (castle-palace) from the exterior, with a really great interior. Note- you MUST buy tickets in advance online; tickets don’t seem to be available on the door. You collect your....  more
    An interesting building (castle-palace) from the exterior, with a really great interior. Note- you MUST buy tickets in advance online; tickets don’t seem to be available on the door. You collect your....  more »
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  • Nice castle that shows three periods of time and three styles in one building. I recommend it. The Muslim part is most impressive.
  • It is worth a visit. But make sure that you plan for them closing down 30 minutes before the posted closing time. We arrived there at 1:15pm and the attendant assured us that we would have at least 45 minutes before they closed at 2pm as posted. However, by 1:30pm the employees were exiting us out of the building and were literally ripping out of the parking lot by 1:40pm. The palace is worth the visit. Just make sure that you have enough time to see it as the posted hours are not necessarily honored.
  • Beautiful architecture. Incredible amount of work out in to this place. The guided tour makes it totally worth the visit.
  • Beautiful historical place. Where Christopher Columbus got his money from the Spanish queen who was living here in this palace. Very few tourists. Probably one of the most underrated site in Spain
  • This was one of the highlights of my entire trip to Spain. You need to speak Spanish or travel with someone who does, but if you check that box, it's well-worth your time. The cost of entry was worth it and it was one spot that I didn't feel overwhelmed by tourists the whole time.

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