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Tarazona is a population of the province of Zaragoza, Autonomous region of Aragon, Spain. It is the capital of the region of Tarazona and the Moncayo, with a population of 10.991 hab. (INE 2007).

During the Roman epoch Tarazona it was a prosperous city of Roman right (that is to say, that his inhabitants had right plenary meeting of Roman citizenship) of name Turiaso.

With the fall of the empire he suffers, as the rest of urban zones, a decline compensated with the Islamic invasion.

Tarazona was reconquered in 1119 by Alfonso I of Aragon and it turned into episcopal head office. After the death of Alfonso I, Tarazona stayed as frontier city between Castile, Navarre and Aragon and receiving special strategic importance.

During all the middle age Christians, Jews and Muslims coexisted in the city. The Moslem presence remained reflected in the building architecture of Mudejar style, as the cathedral. When the Moriscos were expelled the city he suffered a deep crisis.

In the XIVth century, the city was occupied by the Castilian troops for nine years, during which the cathedral suffered different damages.

In the XXth century it was an important industrial center in which they were emphasizing the production of fsforos and textile. From 1980, industries were replaced with other one.

At present it has an important tourist activity and it is provided with out-standing hotels and restaurants with excellent regional kitchen.

As many of the cities and peoples of Aragon, it possesses representations of Mudejar buildings, protected by the UNESCO.

TOWER OF THE CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA MAGDALENA

It is located in the quarter of the Belt, which the medieval town planning preserves, with steep, very narrow streets, arches, stairs and alleys. It was already the primitive cathedral of Tarazona, existing in the XIIth century, of this epoch it preserves the head and the low body of the tower, of Romanesque chairs. It is three ships of unequal length separated by props; she must have been covered with wooden roof preserved in the side ships, work of the XVth century. The whole building suffered a reshaping at the end of the XVIIth century in which there was replaced the covering of the central ship with vault of cannon with fanlights and the wings put on a mask with equal system. In these works it intervened between 1694 and 1699 the teacher Gregorio Len. The tower was continued in brick with Mudejar structure, there intervened in her about 1503 the teacher Mahoma Rubio The Moor . The principal front is placed in the third stretch of the ship of the Gospel. In the presbytery, the reredos dedicated to Santa Maria Magdalena is of mazonera plateresque realized by Pascual de Soria, and the policroma and paintings on table, dated in 1566, they are attributed to Pietro Morone. Temporarily there receives worship in this church the image of the boss of Tarazona, San Atilano, baroque work of about 1760. In the second stretch of the ship of the Epistle, he emphasizes a big table representing in the obverse the Blessed Virgin Concepcion and in the reverse the Last Judgement, Aragonese work of the beginning of the XVIth century. In the choir an important lectern of plant survives octogonal with incrustation of taracea and decoration of Mudejar bonds, of the XVth century. The chapels that are opened for the side ships stand out for his mouths been employed at plaster of the XVth and XVIth centuries. In the year 2005 there was restored the original capital that was dating of 1610.

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