Spain's largest baroque church and an important pilgrimage site, it's most famous for housing a pillar, which ... More
Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar
Spain's largest baroque church and an important pilgrimage site, it's most famous for housing a pillar, which according to legend, the Virgin used as a conduit between heaven and earth in order to appear in person before Saint James the apostle. Pilgrims head directly to touch the pillar in the holy chapel on their pilgrimage, an impressive 18th-century structure built Ventura Rodríguez. The alabaster reredos sculpted by Damián Forment on the the main altarpiece in the 16th century are the church's greatest artistic treasure. It's also worth looking at the choir stalls carved in oak and boxwood and two frescoes painted by Goya during the 18th century. You get some marvelous views of the river and the city from the top of the towers.
Reviews for Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar: 4
A Beatiful Basilica, and very special.
By A Yahoo Contributor, 11/15/10
I visited 3 times over 2 days. The first time I had no idea the historical and religious significance of the Basilica, so I marvelled at the architecture and sheer beaty of the place. The second time, a day later, I had learned about the visit of Mary and the Pillar. I sought out the pillar and stood in awe of the amazing grace you feel when you are in contact with it. The third time I was drawn to the interior once again and attended a mass. If you are Catholic, or even just care about religious history, this place is a must see while in beautiful Zaragoza.
Interesting architecturally. I particularly enjoyed the spectacular, massive, 16th century, carved alabaster altar back
The interior is always busy but this does not lessen the wonderful, holy, atmosphere. Very relaxing - I fell asleep on a pew.
The little museum in a side room displays some of the gifts that have been given to the shrine from the 16th century up to the present day. Worth paying the small admission fee.
This large cathedral has a very interesting history and is beautiful! It has a very sacred atmosphere. There is a constant flow of pilgrims with masses throughout the day, as well as confession. The plaza outside the cathedral is on a busy avenue with many people coming and going. Lots of pigeons! Look for the religious art shops that sell some of the most beautiful creches I have ever seen!
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