Crossed by the River Queiles, the city of Tarazona, is one of the most beautiful and original ensembles of Aragon. Nowadays, the Roman Turiaso is a jewel of the Mudejar. Its cathedral of Santa María de la Huerta is considered the “Sistine Chapel” of the Spanish Renaissance. We also admire the unique octagonal bullring. The church of Santa María Magdalena is the oldest preserved temple in Tarazona and its Mudejar tower is the main visual reference of the old town. The archiepiscopal palace was the ancient Muslim Zuda and a temporary residence for the Aragonese kings. In the northern medieval tower is the Hall of Bishops, covered with a Mudejar coffered ceiling. In the Plaza del Mercado you can admire the monumental Renaissance façade of the Town Hall, which has a frieze representing the triumphant procession of Charles V after his coronation in Bologna.

The palace-garden of Eguarás was built in the 16th century in the Renaissance style and subsequently enlarged and renovated several times. In the district of Tórtoles is where we find the mosque of the same name. Built in the mid-15th century, it is one of the later works of Muslim culture in the Peninsula. The great value of its wooden roof is a key feature of its interior. A walk through its walls and hanging houses and its magnificent Jewish quarter, narrow and winding streets, complete the visit to this beautiful city.

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Cathedral of Santa María de la Huerta

The Cathedral of Santa María de la Huerta is a first-rate artistic treasure. Almost 30 years of restoration have allowed it to be restored to all its splendour, in addition to the discovery of great treasures that position it among the main Spanish cathedrals. It is a beautiful example of Gothic and Mudejar architecture, as demonstrated by the cloister, the dome and the tower. The interior of the temple was renovated in the 16th century, according to the Renaissance aesthetic, with beautiful mural paintings of grisaille and ribbed vaults. The French Gothic style, the Mudejar and the unique Renaissance elements in Europe coexist in this beautiful building, so it is considered "the Sistine Chapel of the Spanish Renaissance."