World News Media Congress 2020

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World News Media Congress 2020

17 Sep 2020 to 19 Sep 2020
Zaragoza
Spain

World Digital Revenue Forum, World Editors Forum, Women in News Summit

Zaragoza

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We asked our good friends from Henneo, our strategic partner based in Zaragoza, to share some local tips on discovering their hometown. Get to know this vibrant city from a local's perspective for an unforgettable stay.

Best Viewpoint

Go up the bell tower of the Basilica del Pilar and be rewarded with a 360º view of the city of Zaragoza and the Ebro river valley. Inside the Basílica del Pilar, you can find, among other historical artworks, two early frescoes by Francisco de Goya decorating two of the cupolas.

Best Local Food

El Tubo (The Tube) is a set of very narrow, centuries-old streets with some of the best tapas in Spain and one of its best bar scenes. Each establishment comes with its own speciality, from the oldest restaurant (Casa Lac, founded in 1825, specialising in local vegetables) to several modern cuisine tapas bars. Try “migas” (bread crumbs cooked with ham and topped with grapes and olive oil fried eggs), “fritos” (deep fried prawns, eggs or peppers), “champis” (funghi), and many others.

We are announcing a series of local tips on the Congress Newsletter and thereafter publishing it on this page. Do visit this page regularly to get updates.

Must-sees

You cannot miss one of the most recognised symbols of Zaragoza – the Puente de Piedra, which means "stone bridge." It crosses the River Ebro from the modern area into the old part. Take your time and enjoy the scenery from the observation deck (Balcón De San Lázaro) before crossing the bridge to the historic Basilica del Pilar. Explore the surrounding attractions such as the Cathedral of the Savior (La Seo), Goya Museum, Caixa Forum (a Mirror Exhibition will be held in June) and several ancient Roman sites like the Baths (Museo de las Termas Públicas de Caesaraugusta) and The Theatre (Museo del Teatro de Caesaraugusta). When you get hungry, stop by the El Tubo Quarter for tasty tapas!

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Best of Zaragoza

Nuestra Señora del Pilar Basilica

 

Baroque church of the Virgin del Pilar and a jewel of Baroque art. Built between the 17th and 18th centuries. Inside there is the Santa Capilla, work of Ventura Rodríguez where an image of the Virgen del Pilar can be found. Also of interest is the high altarpiece made out of alabaster, and the Renaissance choir-stall. The basilica was declared a National Monument. Along with the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the Basílica del Pilar is one of the most important spiritual destinations in Spain. It is also a first-rate art centre containing a collection of valuable objects from different periods. Particularly important are the frescos painted by Goya in the choir and the Regina Martyrum dome. Admission Free.

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Aljafería Palace

 

An Arab palace in the heart of Zaragoza. It was built as a place of recreation and also served as a defensive building. It is an 11th-century Arab castle palace. Remains of its fortified area are still preserved. It is a palace of quadrangular plan with rounded towers except for one of them, known as the Troubadour's Tower, which has a rectangular plan. The rooms are arranged around the courtyard, which is open to the sky. Its roofs, coffered ceilings and plasterwork decoration are some of its greatest charms. It is currently the headquarters of the Aragonese Parliament.

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Caesaraugusta Theater Museum

 

The Caesaraugusta Theatre stood in the ancient Roman city of the same name and could seat 6,000 people. Today, visitors can see the ruins of this theatre, which was excavated in 1972. On the ground floor, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the excavation process, while in the basement, audiovisual presentations and 3D models illustrate what the theatre would have been like back in Roman times. On the top floor, another audiovisual presentation offers visitors information about the various cultures that have lived around the theatre throughout its lifetime.

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Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza

 

More commonly known simply as La Seo, was built on the site of the temple of the Roman forum, a Visigoth church and a Muslim mosque, and features elements of all these styles and more. These include Mudéjar, gothic, Renaissance, baroque and neoclassical. La Seo was finally completed in the 16th and 17th centuries with the addition of a elegant baroque tower and a classical doorway. Head inside to see the beautiful altarpieces, including the main altarpiece, which dates back to the 15th century.

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Puente de Piedra

 

One of the most recognised symbols of Zaragoza is the Puente de Piedra, which means ‘stone bridge’. It crosses the River Ebro from the old town to the more modern part, and offers one of the best views of the Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar. The bridge has been rebuilt several times, and there was even a wooden bridge at this very point, dating all the way back to Roman times. The current bridge, however, was built in the 15th century and is gothic in style, but has also been remodelled over time. In 1991, the sculptor Francisco Rallo added bronze lions to the bridge.

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