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Palacio de la Aljaferia

Aljaferia | calle Los Diputados, Zaragoza, Spain
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Ranked #4 of 84 Attractions in Zaragoza
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Cultural
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Atlanta, GA
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408 reviews 408 reviews
132 attraction reviews
187 helpful votes 187 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

The Aljaferia was a wreck until the 1950s, when the restoration effort began. A former Islamic and Christian palace, it is now possible to see what is original and what is restored. A good guide is very helpful, since not much of the information is in English. Like other palaces in Spain, there is magnificent tile work, patios and intricate... More

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Barcelona, Spain
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This is a great sightseeing stop. The palace is restored from the ruins of the 12th century, and includes a well from the 10th century. The guide was magnificent and extremely thorough. I enjoyed it so much that I have made multiple visits.

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Bratislava, Slovakia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We went there on thursday.It was about 12:15am ,but a policeman more showed than told us(spanish), that the complex is closed. After all we understood "parlamento" and "politicos" so we conjectured,that the government is doing its work...But I do not understand,WHY we-as the serious turists-can not do our work-to see the history,in the same time the policic are doing their... More

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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We walked to the palace from the Pilar square on Sunday afternoon. With opening hours till 8pm during the summer season this gave us ample time to wonder around this beautiful Palace. It is described as one of the most representative and emblematic monuments of Aragonese Mudejar Architechture. Both the influences of the Islamic and Christian monarchies are reflected by... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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111 attraction reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We were very lucky when we visited this recently. There are English tours available at limited times and we were able to go on one with two other people. So, we were in a group of four with our own tour guide. I think her name was Bea and she was a tremendous McFly and McBusted fan! She was a... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Well, as a young couple without a guide we didn't find it particularly interesting. Few people spoke english and most of the signs were in Spanish... so we couldn't understand much. It is a nice place though especially if you like islamic architecture.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Looks like a fortress from the outside but inside is the former Islamic palace with stunning work, added to by the kings who took over later...the catholics built on top of it. Senior discount to enter is 1 euro. Best 1 euro we ever spent. Do not miss. You can walk here from city center.

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Seattle, Washington
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

The MAP room is incredible but I'm so glad I did not pay good Euros for this. I expected to be able to walk around the top and was disappointed. Not very accessible, I wanted to look out a tower or something.

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Palamos, Spain
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136 reviews 136 reviews
37 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Sure it has been extensively remodelled over time, but it is easy to look past that. The courtyard and its cool radiance with citrus trees, herbs and palms sets the Moorish scene. You will be taken on an architectural tour starting in the 9th Century and ending in 1982. Along the way the main treat is the myriad of delicate... More

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Paredes de Coura, Portugal
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19 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

the discount for students was perfect, I only had to pay 1 euro... the interior is quite stunning for someone who hasn't seen medieval Islamic architecture, but then you quickly realize that much of it is restored, only the mihrab looks ancient!! the tower of the trovador is amazing, because you can see what the prisioners of the inquisition wrote... More

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