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World News Media Congress 2020

17 Jun 2020 to 19 Jun 2020
Zaragoza
Spain

1st World Digital Media Forum, 27th World Editors Forum, 4th Women in News Summit

Location | World News Media Congress 2020

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As a crossroads city with a very long history, the streets of Zaragoza blend 2,000 year old Roman buildings, Muslim and Christian monuments from the Middle Ages, the impressive baroque Pilar Basilica with the epoch-defining art of local genius painter Francisco de Goya, and modern 21st century architecture. Zaragoza’s history has shaped the values of the city in the spirit of tradition and innovation, respect and independence, freedom and accountability, and these values shine through in the daily transmission of information of its print media.

Getting there

Via plane

Fly into Zaragoza Airport (ZAZ), which is 10km from the city centre. Nearby airports include Madrid and Barcelona.

Via high-speed train

Zaragoza is served by the high speed train AVE from Madrid (19 trains/day) and Barcelona (12 trains/day). Regular rates start at about €50 to Madrid and €60 to Barcelona, but you can get up to a 60% discount if you book through the web 15 days in advance

From Madrid Barajas Airport: go to Atocha RENFE train station either by taxi (30 minutes, around €30), by metro (45 min, €2) or take the train from T4 to Atocha(free, for anyone travelling to Zaragoza with AVE). You can then take the high speed train AVE from Atocha to Zaragoza (1hr 30min, around €50).

From Barcelona Airport: take the suburban train to Barcelona Sants (20 min, €2.20), and then take the high speed train AVE to Zaragoza (1hr 45min, around €60). If you already have your AVE ticket, you can get the suburban train ticket for free in the automatic vending machines, by typing the code for “cercanías” that appears in your AVE ticket.

Via train

Other neighbouring cities like Huesca, Teruel, Pamplona, Logroño, Bilbao or Valencia are connected by a few daily conventional trains.

For more information on train schedules and prices, visit the website of RENFE.

Via car

Zaragoza is very well connected by free speedways with Huesca (1hr), Teruel (2hr), Madrid (312 km, 3hr), and by toll highways with Barcelona (307 km, 3hr, €30) and Bilbao (305 km).

 

Below are some places of interest this vibrant city has to offer.

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Nuestra Señora del Pilar Basilica

Baroque church of the Virgin del Pilar

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

The 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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