The Conference Reception will take place at Paraninfo of the University of Zaragoza, located at the very centre of Zaragoza. The Reception will start at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, 28th June. Reception will begin with welcome words from university and local authorities. After reception, we will have a tour with our guide who explain to us the anecdotes of this emblematic building of the late nineteenth century that was founded as a Faculty of Medicine and Sciences.
Address: Pza. Basilio Paraíso, 4 - 50008 Zaragoza, (GPS coordinates: 41.647527, -0.886464)
Thursday, 29 June 2017, 20:00 h. Conference Dinner at Gran Hotel
The Conference Banquet will take place at the Gran Hotel. The Gran Hotel is an old building in the heart of Zaragoza near the city’s best museums, including the Museo of Zaragoza (official web in spanish) and the Goya Museum (Ibarcaja Collection - Museum Camón Aznar) with its Goya paintings. The hotel has housed personalities as Ernest Hemingway and its wife Mary Welsh, Ava Gardner, George Sanders, Gina Lollobrigida or Walt Disney. Dinner will be livened up by choir enarmonia.
Address: Calle Isaac Peral, 14 – 50001 Zaragoza (GPS coordinates: 41.649193, -0.881481)
Friday, 30 June 2017, 17:00 h. Sightseeing (Departure from Conference Venue: María de Luna, 1 – 50018 Zaragoza)
On Friday afternoon, we will have a guided tour in Zaragoza with an open top double-decker bus. History, culture and modernity come together to make the city a unique experience. We will discover the old and new city with a tourist guide. The departure will be at the conference Venue at 17pm. We will finished the sightseeing with a visit to the Aljafería Palace, a fortified medieval Islamic palace built during the second half of the 11th century in the Taifa of Zaragoza of Al-Andalus. Once finished the visit, if you don’t want to walk you can find the bus number 34 to go to the city centre Plaza España (Take your bus card).
Saturday, 1st July 2017, 9:30 am (Departure from Conference Venue: María de Luna, 1 – 50018 Zaragoza)
On Saturday, July 1st, we plan to organise a guided trip to the city of Borja. After a visit and meal at the old winery Bodegas Bordejé in Ainzón, we will visit Veruela abbey dating from the 12th century. The cost is estimated at 55 EUR. This includes the transport, entrance tickets, an English speaking guide, and lunch. The money for the trip will have to be paid to the Organizers in cash before June 30th, so that the receipts can be provided on 1st of July. If you are willing to participate in the trip, please report that to the organizers as soon as possible at the following email: banares (at) unizar.es.
Borja became famous after a well-meaning pensioner accidentally destroyed a century-old fresco of Jesus Christ. Beyond this anecdotal fact that became viral, the city of Borja has an important historical architectural heritage, with numerous churches and palaces. Near the city, we will visit Bodegas Bordejé in the fields of Ainzón, a winery that was founded in 1777. Since that, date wine and cava has been produced by this winery with the highest quality.
After the lunch in the winery, we will go to Veruela Abbey, the first Cistercian Monastery established in the kingdom of Aragon. The great buildings, including church, monastery, house, and cloister, constructed at different times and in different styles, surrounded by a wall that dates back to feudal times, present a beautiful appearance. The visit includes the Wine Museum which is situated in the aljibe (water tank) of the Abbey.
- Tentative program July 1st
- 9:30 Departure from Zaragoza
- 10:30 Borja guided tour
- 12:30 Bodegas Bordejé visit
- 14:30 Lunch at Bodegas Bordejé
- 16:30 Veruela Abbey and Museum of wine.
- 18:30 Return
Short movie about the excursion.