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Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar
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Private Walking Tour of Zaragoza
Ranked #1 of 163 things to do in Zaragoza
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

Nice place to visit if you are traveling to Zaragoza.. try to avoid midday and from 14 still 16 becasuse it is close . If you are in zaragoza with your family try to go with your kid and take him/her a picture inside..

Thank AFrancino
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Reviewed November 22, 2012

A very good building. Security guards did not allow me to take photos (Even with no flash). After all a nice visit.

Thank Luiscperu
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

The building is very impressive. At night it can be seen when landing. The Basilica is full of history and valuable works of art. Pity that it doesn't appear to be looked after very well.
The gilded canopy that covers the Holy Chapel is completely covered with dust and so are the flags at the entrance of the chapel. All around there seems to be a mixture of old and new.
The Goya frescos and others (i.e. the Bayeu brothers) are not sufficiently highlighted. On our first visit we had to ask an employee where the Goya fresco was and he took us to see the one in the dome at the back of the Holy Chapel. It wasn't until we went back to the hotel that we realised there was another fresco just opposite the Chapel. Luckily the hotel was across the road and so we returned the following day. One can understand the importance of this Basilica for the pilgrims and the fact that it has a free entry, but a better effort could be made for the upkeep and the highlighting of the very interesting spots and items for the benefits of tourists.

Thank giannir
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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.

Thank peggypatch
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Reviewed October 17, 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.

Thank BennyMalaga
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