Cathedral of the Savior of Zaragoza, Zaragoza

Cathedral of the Savior of Zaragoza, Zaragoza (must see)

The Cathedral of the Savior of Zaragoza, known simply referred to as La Seo, is a magnificent religious edifice dedicated to Saint Salvador. This grand cathedral, a testament to the rich tapestry of Zaragoza's history, boasts an intricate blend of architectural styles, reflecting the city's complex past.

The cathedral's historical roots are deeply embedded in time, as it was constructed on the hallowed grounds of the ancient Roman temple of the Forum. This site underwent transformations, serving as a Visigoth church and later as a significant mosque during the Moorish rule. In the 12th century, the mosque was reborn as a Christian church, and it is this enduring structure that we admire today.

Architectural elements from various periods adorn the cathedral, creating a captivating medley. The exquisitely sculpted Romanesque arcades on the exterior of the apses provide a glimpse into the building's 12th-century origins. The cathedral's tower, which once stood as a minaret during the days of the mosque, is a striking reminder of the Moorish influence that weaves throughout the structure.

Further exploration within the cathedral reveals a stunning array of architectural styles. The Gothic choir enchants with its elegance, while the Capilla del Santo Cristo stands as a masterpiece of Renaissance design. The facade, a Neo-Classical gem, and Baroque details on the tower only add to the cathedral's visual richness.

However, the treasures of the cathedral extend beyond its architectural splendors. Within its sacred walls, a wealth of religious art awaits discovery, capturing the spiritual essence of the region. Additionally, the cathedral houses the noteworthy Tapestry Museum (Museo de Tapices), home to a collection of over 60 precious Flemish tapestries dating back to the 15th century.

Today, the Cathedral of the Savior of Zaragoza warmly welcomes visitors for cultural exploration. Admission includes access to both the cathedral itself and the Tapestry Museum, providing a profound and enriching experience for those who step through its storied doors.

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Cathedral of the Savior of Zaragoza on Map

Sight Name: Cathedral of the Savior of Zaragoza
Sight Location: Zaragoza, Spain (See walking tours in Zaragoza)
Sight Type: Religious
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Walking Tours in Zaragoza, Spain

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Zaragoza Introduction Walking Tour

Zaragoza Introduction Walking Tour

Although somewhat lesser-known a city (compared to Barcelona or Madrid), the capital of the Aragon region, Zaragoza, bears witness to a rich tapestry of historical influences which makes it an authentic Spanish treasure. Nestled along the serene banks of the Ebro River, it has been an essential crossroads of cultures since time immemorial.

The origins of this Spanish city go back to the...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles