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Zaragoza is the fifth largest city in Spain and capital of the Aragon region. It is situated in the northeast of Spain Devante Smith-Pelly Jersey , roughly halfway between Madrid and Barcelona. The city has been relatively untouched by tourism, although this is now likely to change with the recent opening of a new high-speed rail link from Madrid. Zaragoza has some notable historic monuments, including a Moorish palace and several fine churches. There are also many tapas bars, cafes and restaurants Madison Bowey Jersey , while Zaragoza's 40,000 students help to give the city a lively feel.

The Romans founded Zaragoza around 2,000 years ago, and the city takes its name from the Roman emperor Caesar Augusta. Zaragoza was ruled by the Beni-Hud dynasty in the 11th century. Despite having a reputation as a Christian hero Lars Eller Jersey , the legendary El Cid was in fact a mercenary leader who fought for the Islamic Beni Huds during this time. The city is also famous for resisting Napoleonic forces during the great sieges of the early 19th century.

The majority of Zaragoza's tourist attractions, including La Lonja, El Pilar and La Seo cathedral, are situated around the Plaza del Pilar. Between this large public square and the River Ebro is the huge Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar. This impressive Baroque church has a large central dome surrounded by 10 smaller domes Jakub Vrana Jersey , with four tall towers in each corner. It was built to honour the Virgin of the Apostle who, according to legend, appeared before St James on this site in AD40. The basilica's interior is notable for its carvings and elaborate frescoes, with the highlight being a series of paintings by Francisco de Goya within the central dome. One of Spain's best-loved painters Evgeny Kuznetsov Capitals Jersey , Goya was born in 1746 in a small village just outside Zaragoza. A couple of bombs were dropped on the church during the Spanish Civil War but fortunately they failed to explode.

The Gothic cathedral of La Seo was built on the site of Islamic mosque. Its museum contains many treasures, such as paintings, tapestries and sculptures. A short distance from La Seo is the Renaissance exchange of La Lonja, constructed from thousands of small bricks. La Lonja's interior is notable its magnificent stone ornamentation. The Palacio de la Aljaferia T. J. Oshie Capitals Jersey , built during the 11th century, is located to the west of the city centre. Although it has been modified many times over the years, this Moorish palace still retains its original mosque and courtyard. The elaborately carved ceiling on the first floor contains images of the Catholic monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella.

There are some great views of the city from the much-photographed bridge Nicklas Backstrom Capitals Jersey , Puente de Piedra, which spans the River Ebro. Constructed in 1813, the bridge contains elements of Basque, French and Italian architecture. Other historic attractions in Zaragoza include the 18th century Puerta del Carmen Alex Ovechkin Capitals Jersey , once part of the city walls, and the Arab Baths dating from the 13th century. Children will enjoy the science museum and the amusement park, which is set within attractive pine groves.

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NAIROBI, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- Olympic 5,000m champion, Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya has announced her retirement from the track to take up road running.

Cheruiyot, 33, made the stunning announcement on Wednesday night during the 2016 Athletics Kenya Gala after an illustrious career over the 10,000m and 5,000m track competitions.

"I am graduating to road racing and will not take part at next year's World Athletics Championships in London to defend my title. It is time for other upcoming athletes to fit into my shoes because I have now passed the baton," Cheruiyot said.

Cheruiyot won for Kenya the gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games to become the first Kenyan woman to take Olympic honors in the distance, where she also won the silver medal in the 10,000m event.

During the gala, Cheruiyot was also named Kenya's Female Athlete of the year, alongside Rio Olympic marathon gold medal winner, Eliud Kipchoge, who won the Male Athlete of the Year title.

Cheruiyot made her debut in road running in September 2016 at the 36th Great North Run in Britain, which is an International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) half marathon competition where she notched a convincing victory.

During the race, she out-sprinted fellow Kenyan, Priscah Jeptoo, over the final 200m to register a time of 1:07.54 during her 33rd birthday.

Cheruiyot picked her third Athletics Kenya top award after she was crowned winner in 2015 for winning the women's 10,000m at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Beijing, China after her return from maternity leave.

Commonly referred to as the "Pocket Rocket" owing to her diminutive size, the Nairobi-based police officer, with killer finishing kick, crushed her opponents during competition and for a long time was the single-most threat to Ethiopian domination of Tirunesh Dibaba and Melkamu Meserech and most recently the 10,000m world record holder, Almaz Ayana.

BEIJING, March 23 (Xinhua) -- Chinese football needs to build a firm foundation akin to that used in building a house, China's Wanda Group Chairman Wang Jianlin said and the property tycoon also urged patience for the sport's long-term development in the country.

Wang, founder of China's largest real estate developer, returned to the world of Chinese football when it was at a low point, more than 10 years after he left a dynasty that he started with Dalian Wanda FC in China's former top Jia-A League in the 1990s.

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