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The province of Zaragoza is part of the Aragonese AutonomousCommunity. It has borders with Huesca to the north, Teruel to the south, Cataloniato the east and Pamplona and La Rioja to the west. It is located in the north of Spain 200 meters above sea level. The landscape here is flat and quite aridexcept for the river valleys.
Traditionally an agricultural province, the main produce grown here are: cereals such as wheat and corn, beetroot andfruit. There are lots of vineyards too. In fact most industry in this province is related in some way or other to agriculture.
Zaragoza has both amediterranean and continental climate. It is very hot in the summer and very coldin winter. One remarkable feature is the 'north wind'wind that blows principally in the Ebro valley.
The Iberos, the Romans, the Arabs and Christiansall occupied these territories at some point in history, influencing and shapingthis province's architectural, cultural and artistic heritage. Above all the Mudejarculture had a great influence on this province. There are several routes to follow:
The Santiago's road Route: This is the part of the Camino whichgoes through Aragon. It is not a well used route because of it is quite difficult to follow. It passes through the northern part of the province from Huesca toNavarra. It passes through: Sangüesa, Castillo de Javier, Urdués deLerda, SOS del Rey Católico, Uncastillo, Recuesta, Artieda, Mianos, Martés, Puente La Reina.
The Mudejar Route: This begins in Saragossa, the capital of the province, (the Mudejar wall, the Alfajería Palace, San Pablo, Santa María Magdalena, San Miguel de los Navarros and San Gilchurches all have Mudejar towers); Dock (Arabic Muwala); Longares(church tower); Paniza (Our Lady of the Angels church tower); Daroca (Arabic castle); Calatayud (Ayyub castle the Santa María Collegiate cloisters, San Pedrode los Franceses, San Andrés, Nuestra Señora de la Peña, Collegiate tomb); Magallon (church); Borja (House of the Shells); Alberite de San Juan (various monuments) and Tarazona (episcopal city, episcopal palace, the ancient Cintoneighbourhood - the former Jewish quarter, la Magdalena church).
The Romanesque Route: This covers the whole province, you can visit castles, monasteries, convents and churches all in a Romanesque style built in the middleages.
Saragossa was founded by the Romans in 24 B.C. upon the ancient city of Salduie, which used to bean Ibero village. The Romans baptized it Caesaraugusta, in honor of César Augusto and this is where the name Zaragoza comes from. It usedto be a fortified city under the Romans.
Laterin 714, the city was taken over by the Muslims and was converted into the capital of the high area of Al-Andalus.
In 1018 it became the capital of the first Kingdom of Taifas. In 1118 it was conquered by King Alfonso I of Aragon and converted to Christianity. From that moment onwards Zaragoza became the capital of the Kingdom of Aragon.
Today Zaragoza has a population of 660,895 inhabitants. Itis a touristic city and also a business center with many conferences taking placethere (University, Environmental, Educative, Technological ...). It also has a very attractive cultural life which includes theaters, auditoriums and childrens'theatre ... among other things.
The city's infrastructure and facilities increaseyear on year. The Official Tourism Office organizes visits to the city there isa 'Megabus' especially for children, the Talking Tours, guided tours in English, French and Italian, there is a nightbus tour as well as a tour which dramatizesmany important historical events. There are 7 Tourist Information Offices dottedthroughout the city. For further information call: 902 20 12 12.
Important Buildings in Zaragoza:
Museums in Zaragoza:
Art Nouveau in Zaragoza - there are 4 buildings which stand out, all of which are cultural monuments .:
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