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Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar and the Puente de Piedra bridge on the Ebro River
Flag of Zaragoza

Coat of arms of Zaragoza

Coat of arms
Zaragoza is located in Aragon
Location of Zaragoza within Aragon
Zaragoza is located in Spain
Zaragoza (Spain)
Zaragoza is located in Europe
Zaragoza (Europe)
Coordinates: 41°39′N 0°53′W / 41.650°N 0.883°W / 41.650; -0.883
Country Spain
Autonomous community Aragon
Districts[2]Centro, Casco Histórico, Delicias, Universidad, San José, Las Fuentes, La Almozara, Oliver-Valdefierro, Torrero-La Paz, Actur-Rey Fernando, El Rabal, Casablanca, Santa Isabel, Miralbueno, Sur, Distrito Rural
 • TypeMayor-council
 • BodyAyuntamiento de Zaragoza
 • MayorPedro Santisteve (Zaragoza en Común)
 • Total973.78 km2 (375.98 sq mi)
243 m (797 ft)
 • Total666,880 [1]
Demonym(s)zaragozano (m), zaragozana (f)
Time zoneCET (GMT +1)
 • Summer (DST)CEST (GMT +2)
50001 – 50020
ISO 3166-2ES-Z

Zaragoza (/ˌzærəˈɡzə, ˌsærəˈɡsə, ˌθærəˈɡθə/, Spanish: [θaɾaˈɣoθa]; also called Saragossa /ˌsærəˈɡɒsə/[3] in English)[4] is the capital city of the Zaragoza province and of the autonomous community of Aragon, Spain. It lies by the Ebro river and its tributaries, the Huerva and the Gállego, roughly in the center of both Aragon and the Ebro basin.

On 1 September 2010 the population of the city of Zaragoza was 701,090,[5] within its administrative limits on a land area of 1,062.64 square kilometres (410.29 square miles), ranking fifth in Spain. It is the 32nd most populous municipality in the European Union. The population of the metropolitan area was estimated in 2006 at 783,763 inhabitants. The municipality is home to more than 50 percent of the Aragonese population. The city lies at an elevation of 199 metres (653 feet) above sea level.

Zaragoza hosted Expo 2008 in the summer of 2008, a world's fair on water and sustainable development. It was also a candidate for the European Capital of Culture in 2012.

The city is famous for its folklore, local gastronomy, and landmarks such as the Basílica del Pilar, La Seo Cathedral and the Aljafería Palace. Together with La Seo and the Aljafería, several other buildings form part of the Mudéjar Architecture of Aragon which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Fiestas del Pilar are among the most celebrated festivals in Spain.

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War rages across Iberia. Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French had occupied Portugal and placed his brother Joseph on the throne of Spain, but many in both countries refused to bend the knee to the French. In the spring of 1808, they rebelled. The insurgents formed militias and guerilla bands, and regulars from the Spanish and Portuguese armies mutinied against their French masters. Napoleon rallied his armies to crush the uprising. The Peninsular War had begun. Spain in 1808 was the scene of a chaotic struggle. Events had moved so quickly that neither side was prepared for total war. The Spanish rushed to unify the local rebellions and to train their raw recruits and inexperienced officers into armies capable of challenging the greatest military on earth. France had 90,000 troops in Spain, but they were spread out all over the country, and many were fresh conscripts, not much better-trained than the Spanish rebels. Napoleon tried to manage the war in Iberia from afar, but day-to-day command fell to his friend and brother-in-law, Marshal Joachim Murat. Murat was brave, tough, and charismatic, but he was unimaginative and preferred brute force to subtlety. His aggressive methods turned people against Joseph Bonaparte’s regime and exposed his men to violent reprisals from Spanish guerrillas. Murat decided on a bold strategy: rather than falling back to his strongholds to concentrate and organize his forces, the French would remain spread-out and immediately set about suppressing the rebellion in every corner of Spain. Napoleon agreed. They were taking a terrible risk by spreading their forces so thin. The French had profoundly underestimated the size and strength of the uprising. Securing Zaragoza was Murat’s main priority-- it was the key to his main lines of communication back to France. He immediately dispatched 4,000 men under General Charles Lefèbvre-Desnoëttes to seize the city. Lefèbvre-Desnoëttes pushed his men as hard as he could, but the march to Zaragoza proved arduous. The French were harassed by guerrillas, and although Lefèbvre-Desnoëttes won all of these engagements easily, they slowed him down, and by the time the French arrived at the gates of Zaragoza on June 15th, the Spanish had assembled a garrison of over six thousand men, outnumbering the attackers. Spanish forces in the area were led by General José de Palafox, an energetic career military officer. Palafox had begun his campaign with only 500 regulars, but thousands of Spaniards flocked to his banners. Although they outnumbered the French, Palafox was wary of taking his untrained, ill-equipped militia out from the safety of Zaragoza’s walls, so he prepared his defenses. The people of Zaragoza helped by building improvised barricades and even taking up arms to join the defenders. Zaragoza had a formidable defensive position: with the river Ebro on one side, and massive medieval city walls on the other three. Upon arriving at the city, Lefèbvre-Desnoëttes ordered an immediate assault. He did not believe the rag-tag Spanish militias were capable of serious resistance. He divided his troops into three columns and ordered an attack on the three main gates. The assault began with a cavalry charge, led by the Polish lancers- elite soldiers, who saw Napoleon as the liberator of their homeland. The lancers pushed aside the Spanish units guarding the gate and galloped into Zaragoza. But rather than panicking, the Spanish poured musket fire onto the horsemen from all sides. The fire was so intense that the French infantry was unable to follow into the gap created by the charge. Once inside the city, the Polish lancers found they had nowhere to go-- every street was barricaded, and more Spanish defenders waited in every alley, and behind every door and window. Very few of the Poles made it out alive. It was a similar story at the other two gates into Zaragoza: the French breached the walls, but once inside, found even more fierce resistance. Every one of the city’s narrow, winding medieval streets had been barricaded by the Spanish, and with nowhere to advance, the French were vulnerable to counter-attack, and soon forced out. In disbelief, Lefèbvre-Desnoëttes ordered his men renew the assault. Once again, the French broke through the outer walls, but once again, they found it impossible to advance into the heart of the city, and were pushed out by Spanish counter-attacks. Lefèbvre-Desnoëttes had no choice but to admit failure. The French lost roughly 700 men, compared to only about 300 Spaniards. French reinforcements arrived outside the city in the coming days and weeks, and a more senior French officer took command-- General Jean-Antoine Verdier. The new commander spent weeks methodically demolishing the walls of Zaragoza with artillery. On July 1st, Verdier decided Zaragoza was ripe for another assault. The French stormed the battered walls of the city once again, this time in a better-coordinated attack at six different points. The fighting was fierce, but Spanish morale remained high. At a crucial point in the battle, an entire Spanish artillery crew fell wounded. A young woman named Agustina de Aragón rushed forward to fire their cannon at the advancing French. Her bravery made her an icon of the anti-French resistance, and earned her a commission as second lieutenant of artillery-- making her the only female officer of the war. The French were able to penetrate the walls of Zaragoza, but found it impossible to advance. After a day of brutal close combat, they were pushed out of the city. The French lost roughly five hundred men. General Verdier gave up any hope of a quick victory, and began preparations for a siege -- entrenchments to choke off the lines of supply into the city, and batteries for heavy artillery. The Spanish fought tenaciously to keep the supply routes into the city open, but by July 24th, Zaragoza was sealed off. The French stepped up their bombardment. Three large gaps had been blown into the walls, and on the 4th of August, Verdier ordered his men into the city once again. This time, the assault made slow but steady progress. The French had to fight for every street, but by the afternoon, they controlled half of Zaragoza. General Verdier sent Palafox a message under a flag of truce; it was a simple, one-word question: “Surrender?” Palafox responded with a short message of his own: “war to the death.” The vicious house-to-house fighting continued. General Verdier himself was wounded. Finally, by the early evening, the French were exhausted. The Spanish counter-attacked and regained some ground. The two sides passed an uneasy night in their respective sections of the city. Verdier had lost nearly two thousand men-- twenty percent of the attacking force. Spanish casualties were high as well. Both sides were exhausted and depleted from the epic combat and found it nearly impossible to advance through the fortified ruins of the city. Street battles continued, but as Zaragoza burned, events were ramping up elsewhere. The Andalucia region of southern Spain was a major rebel stronghold. Napoleon dispatched General Pierre Dupont to re-assert French control over the area. Dupont was a rising star, only recently promoted to general. Napoleon promised him a noble title and a promotion to marshal if Andalucia was subdued. This was a huge task for such an untested commander, and he was not given much to accomplish it. The core of his 13,000-man force was not even French, but Swiss. These were experienced regular soldiers, but they had been forced into the Imperial army under duress, so their loyalty was dubious. The rest of Dupont’s force were mostly raw recruits who had never seen action. Still, Dupont had success in the initial stage of his campaign. On June 7th, he seized the strategically-important city of Córdoba. However, as the French advanced, Dupont neglected to garrison any troops in his rear. This would cost him dearly. The countryside behind Dupont’s army began to rise in rebellion. Peasants formed guerrilla bands that attacked French messengers and supply convoys. If the General did not act quickly, he would be cut off. Dupont did not realize the seriousness of his situation for several days, until finally, the couriers from headquarters stopped arriving-- the rebels had taken control of the last road between Córdoba and Madrid. Dupont finally evacuated Córdoba on June 16th, but moved with no urgency, allowing his men to keep any captured loot, which slowed their movements to a crawl. General Dupont managed to re-establish contact with Madrid, and received reinforcements, bringing his total strength to around 20,000 men. His army was still in a vulnerable position, separated from Madrid by the Sierra Morena mountains and the Guadalquivir River. By now, a Spanish army of around 31,000 men arrived in the area, under the command of General Francisco Javier Castaños. Still, Dupont was not ordered to retreat, and he began to set up defensive positions. The Battle of Bailen and the conclusion of the Siege of Zaragoza were coming and they would change the situation in Europe and the fates of both the Napoleonic and Peninsular Wars forever. The eyes of all the monarchs of the Old World were fixed on Spain... Thank you for watching the second episode of the second season of our series on the Napoleonic Wars. You can watch the whole first episode via the link in the description. We would like to express our gratitude to our Patreon supporters, who make the creation of our videos possible. Now, you can also support us by buying our merchandise via the link the description. 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The city was called by the ancient Romans Caesaraugusta, from which the present name derives. The Iberian town that preceded the Roman city was called Salduie.[6]


Roman Caesaraugusta

Roman theatre
Roman theatre

The Sedetani, a tribe of ancient Iberians, populated a village called Salduie (Salduba in Roman sources). Later on, Augustus founded a city called Caesaraugusta[7] at the same location to settle army veterans from the Cantabrian wars. The foundation date of Caesaraugusta has not been set with exact precision, though it is known to lie between 25 BC and 11 BC. The city did not suffer any decline during the last centuries of the Roman empire and was captured peacefully by the Goths in the fifth century AD.

Aljafería Palace, built in the 11th century.
Aljafería Palace, built in the 11th century.

Taifa of Zaragoza

From 1018 to 1118, Zaragoza was one of the taifa kingdoms, independent Muslim states which emerged in the eleventh century following the destruction of the Caliphate of Córdoba. During the first three decades of this period, 1018–1038, the city was ruled by the Banu Tujibi. In 1038 they were replaced by the Banu Hud, who had to deal with a complicated alliance with El Cid of Valencia and his Castilian masters against the Almoravids, who managed to bring the Taifas Emirates under their control. After the death of El Cid his kingdom was overrun by the Almoravids, who, by 1100, had managed to cross the Ebro into Barbastro, which brought Aragon into direct contact with them. The Banu Hud stubbornly resisted the Almoravids and ruled until they were eventually defeated by them in May 1110.

Aragonese era

On 18 December 1118, the Aragonese led by Alfonso I conquered the city from the Almoravids,[8] and made it the capital of the Kingdom of Aragon.[9] After Alfonso's death without heirs in 1134, Zaragoza was swiftly occupied by Alfonso VII of León and Castile. The city control was held by García Ramírez, king of Navarra, until 1136 when it was given to Ramiro II the Monk in the treaty signed at the betrothal of Ramiro's daughter Petronila and Alfonso's son Sancho. The wedding never happened, as Petronila ended up marrying Ramon Berenguer IV, Count of Barcelona.[citation needed] The marriage union was the origin of the Crown of Aragón, and union with Castile would not happen for another 333 years, when King Ferdinand II of Aragon and his wife, Queen Isabella I of Castile, each took their respective thrones.

Assault of the French army at Santa Engracia Monastery on 8 February 1809 during the Peninsular War. Oil on canvas, 1827
Assault of the French army at Santa Engracia Monastery on 8 February 1809 during the Peninsular War. Oil on canvas, 1827

13th century Zaragoza was the scene of two controversial martyrdoms related with the Spanish Inquisition: those of Saint Dominguito del Val, a choirboy in the basilica, and Pedro de Arbués, head official of the inquisition. While the reality of the existence of Saint Dominguito del Val is questioned, his "murder" at the hands of "jealous Jews" was used as an excuse to murder or convert the Jewish population of Zaragoza.[10]

Zaragoza suffered two famous sieges during the Peninsular War against the Napoleonic army: a first from June to August 1808; and a second from December 1808 to February 1809, surrendering only after some 50,000 defenders had died.[11]

Modern history

Despite a decline in the outlying rural economy, Zaragoza has continued to grow. The General Military Academy, a higher training center of the Spanish Army, was re-established on 27 September 1940, by Minister of the Army José Enrique Varela Iglesias. During the second half of the 20th century, Zaragoza's population boomed as a number of factories opened in the region.[12]

In 1979, the Hotel Corona de Aragón fire killed at least 80. The armed Basque nationalist and separatist organization ETA has been blamed, but officially the fire is still regarded as accidental.[13] ETA carried out the 1987 Zaragoza Barracks bombing in the city which killed eleven people, including a number of children, leading to 250,000 people taking part in demonstrations in the city.[14]

Since 1982, the city has been home to a large factory, built by General Motors for the production of Opel cars, some of which are exported to the United Kingdom and sold under the Vauxhall brand.


Population, in thousands, can be seen here:

Historical population of Zaragoza


Foreign Nationals in Zaragoza in 2017[15]
Position Nationality People
1st  Romania 19,064
2nd  Morocco 5,804
3rd  China 4,497
4th  Ecuador 3,302
5th  Colombia 2,488
6th  Algeria 2,470
7th  Senegal 2,117
8th  Dominican Republic 1,115
9th  Ukraine 1,030

In 2017 there were 64,003 foreign citizens in Zaragoza,[15] which represent 9.6% of the total population. From 2010 to 2017 immigration dropped from 87,735 to 64,003 people, a 27% drop. Romanians represent 29.8% of foreigners living in Zaragoza, or 2,9% of the total city population, followed by Moroccans (9,1%) and Chinese (7%).


Zaragoza climate chart (Airport)
Zaragoza climate chart (Airport)

Zaragoza has a cool semi-arid climate (Köppen: BSk),[16] as it lies in a wide basin entirely surrounded by mountains which block off moist air from the Atlantic and Mediterranean. The average annual precipitation is a scanty 322 millimetres (12.7 in) with abundant sunny days, and the most rainy seasons are spring (April–May) and autumn (September–November), with a relative drought in summer (July–August) and winter (December–March).

Temperatures are hot in summer reaching up to 44.5 °C (112.1 °F), and in winter are cool, either because of the fog (about twenty days from November to January[citation needed]) or a cold and dry wind blowing from the northwest, the Cierzo (related to other northerly winds such as the Mistral in the SE of France) on clear days. Frost is common and there is sporadic snowfall. The Cierzo can cause a 'wind chill factor' as low as −10 °C (14 °F) during cold spells.

Climate data for Zaragoza Airport, altitude 263m (1981-2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 20.6
Average high °C (°F) 10.5
Daily mean °C (°F) 6.6
Average low °C (°F) 2.7
Record low °C (°F) −15.2
Average precipitation mm (inches) 21.0
Average precipitation days (≥ 1 mm) 4.0 3.9 3.7 5.7 6.4 4.0 2.6 2.3 3.2 5.4 5.1 4.8 51.1
Average snowy days 0.7 0.4 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.5 1.8
Average relative humidity (%) 75 68 60 58 56 52 49 53 59 69 74 77 62
Mean monthly sunshine hours 131 165 217 226 275 307 348 315 243 195 148 124 2,694
Source: Agencia Estatal de Meteorología[17]


Pavilion of Aragon in the Expo 2008
Pavilion of Aragon in the Expo 2008

An Opel factory was opened in 1982 in Figueruelas, a small village nearby. The automotive industry is a main pillar of the regional economy along with Balay, which manufactures household appliances; CAF, which builds railway rolling stock for both the national and international markets; SAICA and Torraspapel in the stationery sector; and various other local companies, such as Pikolin, Lacasa, and Imaginarium SA.[citation needed]

The city's economy benefited from projects like the Expo 2008, the official World's Fair, whose theme was water and sustainable development, held between 14 June and 14 September 2008, Plataforma Logística de Zaragoza (PLAZA), and the Parque Tecnológico de Reciclado (PTR). Furthermore, since December 2003, it has been a city through which the AVE high-speed rail travels. Currently, Zaragoza Airport is a major cargo hub in the Iberian Peninsula, behind only Madrid, Barcelona, and Lisbon.

Zaragoza is home to a Spanish Air Force base, which was shared with the U.S. Air Force until 1994.[18] In English, the base was known as Zaragoza Air Base. The Spanish Air Force maintained an McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet wing at the base. No American flying wings (with the exception of a few KC-135's) were permanently based there, but it served as a training base for American fighter squadrons across Europe. It also hosts the main Spanish Army academy, Academia General Militar, a number of brigades at San Gregorio, and other garrisons.[19]


View of Zaragoza (1647) by Juan Bautista Martínez del Mazo.
View of Zaragoza (1647) by Juan Bautista Martínez del Mazo.

Christianity took root in Zaragoza at an early date.[20] According to legend, St. Mary appeared miraculously to Saint James the Great in Zaragoza in the first century, standing on a pillar. This apparition is commemorated by a famous Catholic basilica called Nuestra Señora del Pilar ("Our Lady of the Pillar").[21]


Offering of Fruits at the Fiestas del Pilar.
Offering of Fruits at the Fiestas del Pilar.

The annual Fiestas del Pilar last for nine days, with its main day on 12 October. Since this date coincided in 1492 with the first sighting by Christopher Columbus of the Americas, that day is also celebrated as El Día de la Hispanidad (Columbus Day) by Spanish-speaking people worldwide.[citation needed]

Holy Week in Zaragoza.
Holy Week in Zaragoza.

There are many activities during the festival, from the massively attended Pregon (opening speech) to the final fireworks display over the Ebro; they also include marching bands, dances such as "Jota aragonesa" (the most popular dance of folklore music genre), a procession of gigantes y cabezudos, concerts, exhibitions, vaquillas, bullfights, fairground amusements, and fireworks. Some of the most important events are the Ofrenda de Flores, or Flower Offering to St. Mary of the Pillar, on 12 October, when an enormous surface resembling a cloak for St. Mary is covered with flowers, and the Ofrenda de Frutos on 13 October, when all the autonomous communities of Spain offer their typical regional dishes to St. Mary and donate them to soup kitchens.

Holy Week in Zaragoza, although not as elaborate an affair as its Andalusian or Bajo Aragón counterparts, has several processions passing through the city centre every day with dramatic sculptures, black-dressed praying women and hundreds of hooded people playing drums. It has been a Festival of International Tourist Interest since 2014.[22]


The University of Zaragoza is based in the city. As one of the oldest universities in Spain and a major research and development centre, this public university awards all the highest academic degrees in dozens of fields. Zaragoza is also home to the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program, a unique partnership between MIT, the Government of Aragon and the University of Zaragoza.

There is also a private university, Universidad San Jorge, which is located in Villanueva de Gállego.

There is a French international primary and secondary school, Lycée Français Molière de Saragosse.


Zaragoza's Third Millennium Bridge spans the Ebro and is the world's largest concrete tied-arch bridge, with six traffic lanes, two bike lanes, and two glass-enclosed walkways for pedestrians.[23]
Zaragoza's Third Millennium Bridge spans the Ebro and is the world's largest concrete tied-arch bridge, with six traffic lanes, two bike lanes, and two glass-enclosed walkways for pedestrians.[23]


Zaragoza tram in Paseo de la Independencia
Zaragoza tram in Paseo de la Independencia

The city is connected by motorway with the main cities in central and northern Spain, including Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, and Bilbao, all of which are located about 300 kilometres (200 miles) from Zaragoza.


The city has a network of buses which is controlled by the Urban Buses of Zaragoza (AUZSA). The network consists of 31 regular lines (two of them circle lines), two scheduled routes, six shuttle buses (one free), and seven night buses operating on Fridays, Saturdays and other festivities.[24] Zaragoza also has an interurban bus network operated by Transport Consortium Zaragoza Area (CTAZ) that operates 17 regular lines.[25]


Zaragoza's bicycle lanes facilitate non-motorized travel and help cyclists to avoid running into pedestrians and motor vehicles. The city council also has a public bicycle-hire scheme; the 'bizi zaragoza' - which consists in the payment of an annual charge.


The first line of the Zaragoza tram (Valdespartera-Parque Goya) is fully operational.


Zaragoza is a part of the Spanish high-speed railway operated by RENFE, AVE, which connects Madrid and Barcelona via high-speed rail. Madrid can be reached in 75 minutes, and Barcelona in approximately 90 minutes. The central station is "Intermodal Zaragoza Delicias Station", which serves both railway lines and coaches. In addition to long-distance railway lines and the high-speed trains, Zaragoza has a network of commuter trains operated by RENFE called cercanías.

Zaragoza Airport
Zaragoza Airport


Zaragoza Airport is located in the Garrapinillos neighborhood, 10 kilometers from the city center.

It is a major commercial airport, its freight traffic surpassing that of Barcelona El Prat in 2012,[26] and serves as the home of the Spanish Air Force's 15th Group. It was also used by NASA as a contingency landing site for the Space Shuttle in the case of a Transoceanic Abort Landing (TAL).

Public Transportation Statistics

The average amount of time people spend commuting with public transit in Zaragoza, for example to and from work, on a weekday is 48 min. 9% of public transit riders, ride for more than 2 hours every day. The average amount of time people wait at a stop or station for public transit is 11 min, while 12% of riders wait for over 20 minutes on average every day. The average distance people usually ride in a single trip with public transit is 4.2 km, while 5% travel for over 12 km in a single direction. [27]


The 1995 Cup Winners' Cup in display in the club's trophy cabinet.
The 1995 Cup Winners' Cup in display in the club's trophy cabinet.
Nani Roma Baja España 2009
Nani Roma Baja España 2009
Torre del Agua in the Luis Buñuel Metropolitan Water Park, at the Expo 2008 site
Torre del Agua in the Luis Buñuel Metropolitan Water Park, at the Expo 2008 site


Zaragoza's main football team, Real Zaragoza, plays in the Segunda División. Founded on 18 March 1932, its home games are played at La Romareda, which seats 34,596 spectators. The club has spent the majority of its history in La Liga. One of the most remarkable events in the team's recent history is the winning of the former UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1995. The team has also won the Spanish National Cup "Copa del Rey" six times: 1965, 1966, 1986, 1994, 2001 and 2004 and an Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (1964). A government survey in 2007 found that 2.7% of the Spanish population support the club, making them the seventh-most supported in the country.

Zaragoza's second football team is CD Ebro. Founded in 1942, it plays in Segunda División B – Group 2, holding home games at Campo Municipal de Fútbol La Almozara, which has a capacity of 1,000 seats.

Zaragoza CFF is a Spanish women's football team from Zaragoza playing in Primera División Femenina.

Zaragoza was one of the Spanish cities which hosted the FIFA World Cup 1982. Three matches were played at La Romareda.


The main basketball team, Basket Zaragoza, known as Tecnyconta Zaragoza for sponsorship reasons, plays in the Liga ACB. They play their home games at the Pabellón Principe Felipe with a capacity of 10,744.

Stadium Casablanca, a.k.a. Mann Filter for sponsorship reasons, is the Spanish women's basketball club from Zaragoza that plays in the Primera Division.


The main futsal team, is Dlink Zaragoza, plays in the LNFS Primera División. They play at the Pabellón Siglo XXI with a capacity of 2,600.

Other Sports

Zaragoza's handball team, BM Aragón, plays in the Liga ASOBAL.

The Spanish Baja or Baja Aragon is a Rally raid event held in the region of Aragon in northern Spain. This event was launched in 1983, and chose the desert of Monegros because of the scenery and availability of service infrastructure in Zaragoza.

Zaragoza was strongly associated with Jaca in its failed bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

There are three Rugby Union teams playing in the regional league:

  1. Ibero Club de Rugby Zaragoza
  2. Fénix Club de Rugby
  3. Club Deportivo Universitario de Rugby

A permanent feature built for Expo 2008 is the pump-powered artificial whitewater course "El Canal de Aguas Bravas."

Main sights

The Roman walls
The Roman walls
Santa María Magdalena church
Santa María Magdalena church

Near the basilica on the banks of the Ebro are located the city hall, the Lonja (old currency exchange), La Seo (literally "the See" in the Aragonese language) or Cathedral of San Salvador, a church built over the main mosque (partially preserved in the 11th-century north wall of the Parroquieta), with Romanesque apses from the 12th century; inside, the imposing hallenkirche from the 15th to 16th centuries, the Baroque tower, and finally, with its famous Museum of Tapestries near the Roman ruins of forum and port city wall.

Some distance from the centre of the old city is the Moorish castle (or palace) Aljafería, the most important Moorish buildings in northern Spain and the setting for Giuseppe Verdi's opera Il trovatore (The Troubadour). The Aragonese parliament currently sits in the building.

The churches of San Pablo, Santa María Magdalena and San Gil Abad were built in the 14th century, but the towers may be old minarets dating from the 11th century; San Miguel (14th century); Santiago (San Ildefonso) and the Fecetas monastery are Baroque with Mudéjar ceilings of the 17th century. All the churches are Mudéjar monuments that comprise a World Heritage Site.[28]

Other important sights are the stately houses and palaces in the city, mainly of the 16th century: palaces of the count of Morata or Luna (Audiencia), Deán, Torrero (colegio de Arquitectos), Don Lope or Real Maestranza, count of Sástago, count of Argillo (today the Pablo Gargallo museum), archbishop, etc.

On 14 June 2008, the site of Expo 2008 opened its doors to the public. The exhibition ran until 14 September.

Other sights

Labordeta Grand Park
Labordeta Grand Park

Museums[29] in Zaragoza are:

  • Museum of Fine Arts Zaragoza, with paintings by early Aragonese artists, 15th century, and by El Greco, Ribera and Goya, and the Camón Aznar Museum, with paintings ranging from Rubens, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Velazquez and Goya to Renoir, Manet and Sorolla.[30]

Twin towns and sister cities

Zaragoza is twinned with:[31][32]

Zaragoza has special bilateral collaboration agreements with:

Notable people

See also


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