Behind Plaza Pilar the River Ebro, formerly known as the Iber, flows. It gives shape and personality to the city although ... More
Behind Plaza Pilar the River Ebro, formerly known as the Iber, flows. It gives shape and personality to the city although Zaragoza has ignored its presence for quite a long time. The Ebro is the largest and longest river in Spain (though the Tagus is the largest in the Iberian Peninsula, as it flows into Portugal). It starts in the Cantabrian Mountains and flows into the Mediterranean Sea near Tortosa 900km later. It was navigable until the construction of reservoirs and had a harbor in the Roman city. Even the Normans went up it from Tortosa as far as Navarra. Five bridges cross this river in the city.
Near Augustus' statue, a small part of the original Roman wall is preserved. It enclosed the city and protected it
from siege until the Middle Ages. Zaragoza's wall was 3 kilometers long. The first wall the city had was ...
Zaragoza used to have eight city gates which stood till the sieges of the War of Independence. Now there is
only one: La Puerta del Carmen, which dates back to the 18th century. Not all the gates were destroyed ...
In 1908 the Spanish French Exhibition was held in Zaragoza, in memory of the War of Independence, to unite both
countries. For this event with more than 5,000 exhibitors, a site was prepared between Avenida Independencia and Huerva River. ...