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Aljafería: a perfect building for the Game of Thrones series, locations.

I have not visited any place, because since I returned from Africa have not been in good health. But the other day I finally went to see an exhibition of drawing, at a place called the Aljaferia A converted castle located in the city of Zaragoza. And while I was inside, I realized it would be a perfect place as a location for another of my favorite series Game of Thrones. The place is beautiful and full of majesty. I leave a written a little history of this incredible building. Where they are now located, The Courts of Aragon.

 

The Aljafería is a fortified palace built in Zaragoza in the second half of the eleventh century on the initiative of Al-Muqtadir as residence of kings hudíes Saraqusta. This pleasure palace (then called ‘Qasr al-Surur’ or Palace of Joy) reflecting the splendor attained by the taifa kingdom in its maximum period of political and cultural peak.

Its importance is that it is the only remaining testimony of a large building of Spanish Islamic architecture from the time of the Taifa. So if a great example of the Caliphate of Cordoba, the Mosque (X century), and other swansong of Islamic culture in Al-Andalus is preserved, the fourteenth century, the Alhambra in Granada, should be included in triad Moorish architecture Aljafería of Zaragoza (XI century), as shown in the embodiments of the taifa art, intermediate time of independent kingdoms prior to the arrival of the Almoravids. The remains of the Moorish palace Aljafería were declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001 as part of the set “Mudejar Architecture of Aragon ‘.1

The solutions adopted in the ornamentation of Aljafería as using archways and springers in ‘S’ extension ataurique permeated large areas or flowcharting and progressive abstraction of the plasterwork of vegetable nature, influences on the Almoravid and Almohad art both the Maghreb and the Iberian Peninsula. Also, the transition towards more decoration in geometric patterns is the basis of Moorish art.

After the reconquest of Zaragoza in 1118 by Alfonso I the Battler became the residence of the Christian kings of Aragon, which Aljafería became the main focus of the Aragonese Mudejar diffuser. It was used as a royal residence by Pedro IV of Aragon and later, on the main floor, took out the reform that made these rooms in the palace of the Catholic Monarchs in 1492. In 1593 experienced another reform that would make military fortress, first according Renaissance designs (which can be seen today in its environment, moat and gardens) and later as military barracks regiments. He suffered major damage and ongoing reforms, especially with the Siege of Zaragoza War of Independence until finally it was restored in the second half of the twentieth century and now houses the Cortes of Aragon.

Originally the building was outside the walls of the Roman wall, in plain Saria or place where Muslims developed military fanfare known as Almozara. With urban expansion through the years, the building has been in the city. It has been able to meet around a small garden setting.

This tex is from Spanish wikipedia

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