Social Program

Several activities are going to be organized for those interested in the rich heritage of our city and the Community of Aragon. Nevertheless, they could be canceled due to the lack of minimum registration requirement at the beginning of the congress.

First day

In the first day afternoon it will be possible to visit “El Monasterio de Piedra” (Comunidad de Calatayud, Zaragoza, Spain). This monastery, considered as National Monument since 1983, is devoted to Santa María de la Blanca and it was founded in the year 1194 by thirteen Cistercians monks next to the Piedra (Stone) river. It is undoubtedly one of the most visited places in Aragon, especially its numerous gardens, lakes and waterfalls (one of them, the “Horsetail”, more than 50 m. high). The spectacular scenery will delight the lovers of medieval art and nature.

Second day

During the second day it exists the possibility to visit the monastery of San Juan de la Peña, at the south-west of the ancient city of Jaca, in the midst of the Pyrenees in the province of Huesca.

The history of this monastery, one of the most important in Aragon in the Middle Ages, is linked to the Kings of Aragon, being the royal pantheon of some of them. The building consists of a two-level church partially carved in the stone of a cliff beneath a huge rock. Moreover, this place is also part of “El Camino de Santiago” (The Way of St. James). Nevertheless, visitors will find not only a place full of history but also of legends, like the one related with the Holly Grail.

On the other side, in the near tourist city of Jaca, which was the capitol of the Kingdom of Aragon until 1097, we will visit places like the Romanesque Cathedral (built in the 11th century) or the citadel, a fortification from the 16th century.

Third day

The third and last day is devoted to the city of Zaragoza, a 700,000 inhabitants city with more than 2000 years of history, crossed by three rivers: Ebro, Huerva y Gállego.

Many are the places to visit, nevertheless the program will be centred on two of its most famous landmarks: the Aljafarería Palace and the Pilar Square surroundings.

Named as Caesaraugusta by the roman emperor Augustus, the different civilizations ruling the city along these last two millennia have left a very rich heritage with examples like the Roman Walls and Theater, the Arab Aljaferia Palace (The Aragonese parliament currently sits in the building), or the Catholic Cathedrals of “Nuestra Señora del Pilar” (Our Lady of the Pillar) and “El Salvador” (The Savior). Nevertheless, an important part of all this was left in a state of wreckage after the two famous sieges the city suffered by the Napoleonic army in 1808.

On the other side, it is also noteworthy the boost and deep refurnishing experienced by the city due to the International Expo “Water and Sustainable Development” celebrated in 2008 which have left buildings so interesting like the Bridge Pavilion, the Water Tower or the Third Millennium Bridge.