Aljafería Palace

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It was a recreational residence for Muslim kings and reflects the splendor achieved by the Taifa kingdom at its maximum political and cultural peak.

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The palace of the Aljafería has been a fortified enclosure, Aragonese royal residence, headquarters and prison of the Inquisition, palace of the Catholic Monarchs, barracks and, since 1987, brand new headquarters of the Courts of Aragon, our current Parliament.

It was built in the 11th century as a recreational palace for the Muslim kings who ruled then the Taifa of Sarakusta (Arabic for Zaragoza). Ten centuries later, that palace of joy that the Muslim monarch Al-Muqtadir dreamed of, is still, along with the Alhambra in Granada and the Mosque of Cordoba, one of the artistic jewels of the Muslim presence in southern Europe.

UNESCO, in 2001, declared the Mudejar art of Aragon as a World Heritage Site, highlighting that the Aljafería Palace is one of the most representative monuments of the Mudejar, which has become the symbol of Aragonese civil architecture and, probably one of the main references of Spanish history and culture.

By accessing to the monument, you will find the beautiful arches of the Islamic palace, which contrast with the overwhelming presence of the Trovador tower, as well as a tour around the medieval palace of the Kings of Aragon.

The Aljafería has been through all sort of happenings, changes and stages. Many Aragonese people still remember its barracks status in the twentieth century, but today it is a lively and open building, a cultural reference, which shows its long history and welcomes within its walls the institution that represents Aragonese People: our Parliament ‘Las Cortes de Aragón’.




Basic info

  • Opening period: from monday to sunday.
  • Opening times: FROM NOVEMBER TO MARCH, from 10am to 2pm and from 4pm to 6.30pm. Sundays afternoons, closed. FROM APRIL TO OCTOBER, from 10am to 2pm and from 4pm to 8pm.
  • Price: 5€ (ask for reduced rates). Free the first Sunday of every month (the whole day) and the first Monday of every month (during the afternoon timetable).
  • Phone: 976 28 96 85 / 976 28 96 83

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