The Siege of Zaragoza reenactment

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Posted April 22, 2018 by zaragozaturismo in News
Siege of Zaragoza

One of the most important landmarks in the history of Zaragoza took place between 1808 and 1809 when the city was besieged by Napoleon’s troops. Its inhabitants organised a heroic resistance against the invasion of the French troops and these two terrible events transformed the city into a battlefield whose traces are still visible in our city in the 21st century.

Francisco de Goya bears testimony to these conflicts in his famous series of prints “The Disasters of War“, which you can admire at the Goya Museum.

On 28th and 29th April it will take place in Zaragoza a historical reenactment of these conflicts with a representation of battles, military parades and acts of homage in the city centre. In addition, a military camp will also be installed as well as a market of the Napoleonic era.

Almost 400 participants coming from Spain, France, Poland, Germany and Russia will passionately bring to life the Siege with its major heroes, such as the General Palafox or Agustina de Aragón.

In previous years, was held a memorial for the French and Polish soldiers who fought during the Siege. This year, we will pay tribute to the Portuguese soldiers who fought on both sides during the first Siege.

 

Here is an overview of the program:

Saturday 28th April

10:00: Opening of the camp-museum (Tío Jorge Park)

12:00: Parade with General Palafox and the people and troops to the Archbishop’s Palace.
Itinerary: Plaza San Gregorio; Calle Sixto Celorrio; Puente de Piedra; Avenida Echegaray y Caballero; Calle San Vicente de Paúl; Calle Palafox; Plaza San Bruno; Plaza de la Seo.
On the Plaza de la Seo General Palafox will give a speech from the balcony of the Archbishop’s Palace. Then, the general will rejoin his entourage with his carriage and will continue the route.

13:15-13:30: Plaza del Pilar. Presentation of the participants and performance of the anthems and hoisting of the flags of the nations which participated in the Siege. The act will end with a salute of honour.

13:15: groups presentation and review by the authorities on the Plaza del Pilar.

13:30: salute of honour and retreat of the groups to the camp (Calle Florencio Jardiel, Puente de Santiago, Calle Palencia and Tío Jorge Park).

16:30: opening of the camp-museum.

19:00: closing of the camp-museum and troops departure to the battle field.
Itinerary: Plaza San Gregorio, Calle Sixto Celorrio, Puente de Piedra, Calle Don Jaime, Calle Coso to Plaza San Miguel.

19:45: Start of the battle in Calle Coso (between Calle Espartero and Plaza de España)
Itinerary: Plaza de España, Coso, Calle Alfonso I, Plaza del Pilar, Paseo Echegaray y Caballero, where the battle will finish.

21:00: Tribute to the dead at Puente de Piedra and wreath throw to the Ebro River.

 

Sunday 29th April

10:00: opening of the camp-museum

11:00: closing of the camp-museum and troops departure to the battle field.
Itinerary: Calle Fernando Gracia Mazulla, Avenida de los Pirineos, Paseo Echegaray y Caballero, Plaza Europa, Calle Diputados, Aljafería Palace.

12:00: Start of the battle in the moat and on the bridge of the Aljafería Palace.

13:00-13:20: End of the battle and the reenactment.

 

As for the Napoleonic market, it will take place at the Tío Jorge Park from 27th to 29th April and will offer several activities such as Cabezudos, itinerant historical figures and the chance to take a picture as if you were a soldier of the Siege!

 

More info on this link.

More info on the Siege of Zaragoza on our web.

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