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4 Calle Nueva – Teruel,Spain; Sara Et Gege; Waymarking


Spain – Mudejar Architecture of Aragon

If Teruel’s thirteenth- and fourteenth-century inhabitants witnessed the rise of Mudéjar style (added to Unesco’s World Heritage List in 1986), those at the dawn of the twentieth century saw how buildings created using a brand-new architectural language found their place in the city. These two events, while distant in time, both conceal a specific social argument.

As in other cities, Modernisme in Teruel can be linked to the local bourgeoisie, who aimed to compete with buildings erected by the aristocracy in bygone centuries as a power symbol. To bring such desires to life, they championed Pau Monguió i Segura, from Tarragona, who they saw as the ideal architect to create their buildings. The third party in the process were the artisans of Teruel, who contributed with great professionalism to these works. This was a happy complicity which infused a singular, striking energy into Teruel’s Modernista architecture.

While the city did not experience sufficient demographic increase to allow the addition of an Eixample or extension as in Barcelona’s case, yet a building renewal did occur in the Old Town.

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Art of Travel in Zaragoza, Spain – World Heritage, Legacy & Urban Revival; Becki; Borders Of Adventure

Spain – Mudejar Architecture of Aragon

Nestled between Madrid and Barcelona, skipping a visit to Zaragoza en route means missing out on ones of Spain’s most artistic and underrated cities. I’m glad I got to jump off and explore on an AVE train journey from Tarragona to Madrid, feeling like I’d stumbled upon a Spanish secret.

The capital of mighty Aragon, Zaragoza is the gritty and urban mixed with the ancient and decadent, held together by a historical thread of architecture and art, and a heritage showcasing a continuous turnover of design and expression.

Mudejar Art

– UNESCO World Heritage Zaragoza

Native to Aragon, Mudejar art blends Islamic and Christian elements from a time during the 12th and 17th centuries when both faiths coexisted. A core part of Zaragoza’s architectural heritage, the sheer amount of Mudejar art earned it a UNESCO World Heritage title, with the Ajafería Palace being the most symbolic.

This 11th century medieval Islamic palace remains one of the most beautiful and important of all the sights in the city as well as the seat of the regional parliament.

Source: Art of Travel in Zaragoza, Spain – World Heritage, Legacy & Urban Revival