If you enjoy walking through streets filled with beautiful architecture and not with tourists, then Zaragoza is the place for you. This city has been considered a hidden gem, generally undiscovered by the millions of tourists who visit Spain each year. Visiting this city will give you an experience like no other, with the ability to get an authentic taste of the history while witnessing the impacts from the various cultures that helped to build this unique city. With Renfe-SNCF en Coopération’s high speed trains you can experience all of this and more!
The architecture in Zaragoza is unique as it has distinct marks from the Romans, Muslims, Jews and Christians. These marks are visible throughout the city, which is just part of what makes this city so rich of culture. Here we will give you a taste of the differences in architecture throughout history!
While walking through Zaragoza, you will quickly see that the city is full of Roman architecture. The best way to make sure you see all of the evidence left from the Romans is to follow the Roman route
, which is called the “Caesaraugusta Route
”. You begin this route at the Caesaraugusta Forum Museum where you can find a map that marks off the rest of the route. Both the museum and the route will leave you feeling like you’ve walked back into time when the Romans ruled!
In this region of Spain, Jewish architecture was made possible because of the unique situation that occurred, which allowed for Christians, Muslims, and Jews to live side by side. Later on, the Jews were forced to convert to Catholicism and finally after the Spanish Inquisition almost all Jews were forced to leave Spain, destroying tons of architectural gems. Although a lot of the Jewish marks made on Zaragoza were destroyed there still exist various marks through the city that displays the cultural melting pot that once existed in Zaragoza. What is left of the Jewish architecture is worthy enough for the trip to see the evidence of history!
All throughout Spain you can find Moorish Architecture and Zaragoza is no different! One of the best examples of this type of architecture is the Aljaferia, as shown in the pictures both above and below. It was built to house the king and royals and remained standing even after the Christian re-conquest. In Zaragoza, after the re-conquest, Muslims were permitted to stay in the city and even maintain their own lifestyle. Thanks to the accepting of Muslims, various buildings and designs were preserved and maintain standing today! With Renfe- SNCF en Coopération’s high speed trains you can travel back in time to live like the royals!
The Gothic-style of architecture in Zaragoza came around after the re-conquest by the Christians. You can find many different intricate designs throughout the city like the walkway in the picture above that shows how big of an influence this type of architecture was on the city. The objective of these types of designs and buildings was to remind people of the power of the church and God but today they stand to remind us of the history that once occurred.