La Lonja: from market to exhibition hall

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Posted October 4, 2014 by zaragozaturismo in History
La Lonja of Zaragoza

La Lonja de Zaragoza, now a well known exhibition hall, was once a place of business. Did you know? We tell you the details of this monument.

This civil building was built in the first half of the 16th century in response to the need for traders to have a place where to conduct their transactions instead of doing it in La Seo cathedral and other churches of the city​​.

Renaissance style, this building has influence of the Italian Quattrocento Florentine palace. In the colorful exterior painted plaster medallions, Gil Morlanes immortalized the figures of the time. It is the first fully Renaissance building in Zaragoza.

Ceiling of La Lonja

Ceiling of La Lonja

It has rectangular shape and on the outside you can see a division into three levels that do not correspond with the interior, which is a large living room with banded columns and topped by starry vaults. Also, at the top there is a loft that served as a warehouse for weapons in the past.

Throughout the year, this building hosts many exhibitions for free. Come to see them!


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