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“No. 1 for a reason” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar

Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar
Plaza del Pilar, 50003 Zaragoza, Spain
976-39-74-97
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Ranked #1 of 105 things to do in Zaragoza
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“No. 1 for a reason”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

The Basilica del Pilar dominates the Zaragoza skyline. The exterior is stunning day and night. Interesting interior, classic baroque, but almost two separate churches due to preserving the position of the famous pillar. Incredible wood choir, huge alabaster altarpiece. Two frescoes by Goya and don't miss the bomb holes in the ceiling. Taking the lift up one of the towers is well worth the three euro charge (free with the Zaragoza card). Incredible views of the city and river.

Visited October 2012
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

The Basilica of Our Lady of El Pilar is one of the biggest and most important churches in Spain and is located at the Plaza del Pilar. The story is that there is a pillar in the church and the Virgin is said to have descended from heaven onto the pillar in an apparition to St. James the Apostle by the banks of the Ebro River. She gave him a small wooden statue of herself and a column of jasper and told him to build a church in her honor. The carving of Our Lady of El Pilar is a Gothic cedar carving that is only 38 cm high. The stand of this sculpture is a column made of jasper that is covered with bronze and silver. This column is 2 meters high and has a diameter of 24 cm. The statue of the Virgin is located in a small chapel at the back of the church. Thousands of pilgrims go to the back of the statue to touch the pillar, because it is said that the Virgin has done a lot of miracles.

Several chapels and churches were built at the site and destroyed with time. The current church was built between 1681 and 1686 by the King Carlos II. In 1725 the church commissioned the architect Ventura Rodriguez to transform the building to the Baroque style. The church now measures 130 by 67 meters. There are large corner towers and a central dome surrounded by ten brightly tiled cupolas. There are two domes that were painted with frescoes by Goya. One of them has the Queen of the Martyrs, and the second one has the Adoration of the Name of God. The final reconstruction was finished in 1872.

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“Beautiful Church”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

The Basilica of Our Lady of El Pilar is one of the biggest and most important churches in Spain.l Pilar. The story is that there is a pillar in the church and the Virgin is said to have descended from heaven onto the pillar in an apparition to St. James the Apostle by the banks of the Ebro River. She gave him a small wooden statue of herself and a column of jasper and told him to build a church in her honor. The carving of Our Lady of El Pilar is a Gothic cedar carving that is only 38 cm high. The stand of this sculpture is a column made of jasper that is covered with bronze and silver. This column is 2 meters high and has a diameter of 24 cm. The statue of the Virgin is located in a small chapel at the back of the church. Thousands of pilgrims go to the back of the statue to touch the pillar, because it is said that the Virgin has done a lot of miracles.

Several chapels and churches were built at the site and destroyed with time. The current church was built between 1681 and 1686 by the King Carlos II. In 1725 the church commissioned the architect Ventura Rodriguez to transform the building to the Baroque style. The church now measures 130 by 67 meters. There are large corner towers and a central dome surrounded by ten brightly tiled cupolas. There are two domes that were painted with frescoes by Goya. One of them has the Queen of the Martyrs, and the second one has the Adoration of the Name of God. The final reconstruction was finished in 1872.

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“Basilica of Zaragoza”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

This was our second visit to this city and our first to the large Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar. The Basilica is huge and stands prominently on a large pedestrian plaza, along with several other interesting attractions, such as a smaller church La Sea (with entrance fee and a large tapestry display) and the underground Roman ruins. The Basilica does not allow photos; but the attached photos mysteriously appeared in my camera after reviewing my photos later that day....obviously some form of miracle.

The Basilica is monumental in scale and quite impressive to see and visit. There is a public parking garage beneath the plaza and is accessed through a small entrance on the west side of the plaza, with an elevator exiting directly onto the plaza. Very convenient for visitors!

Visited September 2012
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“Huge Basilica”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

Huge place where the faithful kiss a piece of an old pillar.The vast interior space is interesting, as is a plaque dedicated to a chap who had a leg amputated and 2 years later had it suddenly re-attached. That's a miracle.

Visited September 2012
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