The Zuda Tower

Posted January 20, 2017 by zaragozaturismo in History
Zuda Tower Zaragoza Tourism

Since its construction this monument has been an element of great importance in the town planning and the history of Saragossa and was part of the life of its Kings. Located in the northwest corner of the Roman wall, the tower and all the surrounding outbuildings, raised from ancient Roman buildings, formed Sudda, a fortified residence of the Muslim governors of the Taifa of Sarakusta until the moment they moved their official residence to the Palace of the Aljafería.

The first action of King Alfonso I the Battler, after the conquest of Zaragoza, was taking possession of the Zuda. From that moment it became the residence of the Aragonese kings until the 13th century, when they began to use the Aljaferia Palace for this purpose. After the death of Alfonso I, the kings of Aragon granted a large part of the Zuda to the soldiers of the order of the Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem, in order to erect a church (which would ultimately be the present church of San Juan de los Panetes) as well as other buildings. img_2911

Over the centuries, the Zuda has always had a great role in the life of the city, until in the 30s came the demolition of part of the set, leaving only the tower of the Zuda and Church of San Juan de los Panetes with its tower. An extensive restoration was undertaken in the 40s, However, it was not until the year 2000 when the tower was transformed into a Tourist Office, that important archaeological remains of the Roman period appeared, and they can be admired today during the visit to the tower.

The Zuda Tower not only has the logical importance of buildings of historical and artistic interest, it has also become a space for all, citizens and visitors. From the 5th floor it is possible to admire one of the most impressive views of the city: the Pilar square in all its length, a curious view of the towers of the Roman wall and the Central Market or the beauty of the banks of the Ebro. Access to the mirador is free.

On the ground floor is located the Tourist Office of Zaragoza where our advisors are at your disposal from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm and 4.30 pm to 8 pm, on Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm.

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