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Today the Aljaferia is a huge palace surrounded by a large moat. There is a beautiful patio built by the Moorish kings and is now called the Patio de Santa Isabel. The Aljaferia was the birthplace of Saint Isabel of Portugal in the year 1271. What is impressive about the patio is that the surrounding building is decorated with polylobed intertwined arches and plaster relieves. In the north portico, there is a small oratory that is shaped like an octagon. This is profusely decorated with plaster art work. There is a niche of the mihrab, the most important portion of the building where prayers were said. There is a very high Moorish ceiling, also beautiful.
The Christian additions to the palace include a grand staircase, a long gallery with windows looking toward the patio, and a Throne Room. The ceilings are made of wood and are gilded and polychromed. On the ground floor there is a small museum that shows examples of Mudejar art used in the palace. This includes examples of the tile work used by the Mudejars. This palace predates the Alhambra palace in Granada and the Alcazar of Sevilla. Its originality probably influenced the building of those other palaces. Today the palace is used as the seat of the Aragonese Parliament.
In 2001 the UNESCO declared the Mudejar art of Aragon as patrimony of humanity, and the Aljaferia is one of the monuments most representative of that art.