Mudejar Architecture in Zaragoza

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Posted July 21, 2017 by zaragozaturismo in Culture

If you’ve been in Zaragoza, surely that it has caught your attention. Or perhaps you’ve heard of this art so typical of certain areas of the Centre and the South of Aragon. We speak of Aragonese mudejar art, declared World Heritage by UNESCO since 2001, and whose characteristics differ from the mudejar performed elsewhere.

Zaragoza is a magnificent example of Aragonese mudejar art. An artistic manifestation that arises from the coexistence of the different cultures that lived in our region (Muslim, Christian and Jewish) and whose legacy we can admire today.

Mudejar art is the only style unique to Spain due to its particular historical trajectory.

Muslim craftsmen who remained after the Reconquest, left their mark on Christian buildings, using materials such as brick, ceramics, plaster, and wood, beautifying them and giving them a special style.

There are various examples of this architecture in Zaragoza of great interest and beauty which, no doubt, deserve a visit. The route of the Mudejar style of examples recognized as World Heritage by the UNESCO in Zaragoza goes from the the surviving Mudejar features of the Aljaferia Palace, the tower and parish church of San Pablo Church; and the apse, parroquieta, and cimborio of la Seo or San Salvador Cathedral.

The mudejar tower of San Gil Abad Church

Of great interest and beauty are also the churches of San Miguel, San Gil and la Magdalena, this last symbol of one of the most popular districts of the city.

But the Mudejar art is also seen in other buildings of the city, like the Fortea Tower – as well as exhibition hall, it now houses the Observatory of Children and Youth Literature-, the Zuda Tower – one of our municipal tourist offices-, the facade and cloister of the Santo Sepulcro Convent, the Arch and Dean House, and the Alma Mater Museum.

You can discover the Mudejar art of the city through our guided tours. You can enjoy our Mudejar Route (in Spanish) or discover the splendour of the Mudejar at San Salvador Cathedral through the guided tour with our tourist guide trainees during summertime.

And to learn more about the mudejar art in Zaragoza, visit our website!


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