A majestic attraction can be witnessed at the Cathedral Del Pillar in Zaragoza, Spain – one of the most beautiful sunsets you can see on the face of the earth. The Cathedral Del Pillar is also one of the loveliest cathedrals in this part of Spain. At the background, you can see a picturesque sunset reminiscent of a post card in stunning hues of red, orange, blue-violet, which appears to be artistically painted creating a splendid masterpiece.
The Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar (Nuestra Senora del Pillar) is a Roman Catholic Church situated in the city of Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain which boasts of an eclectic baroque architecture. The basilica is one of the major cathedrals located in the heart of Zaragoza, Spain, and is an important pilgrimage site because of an ancient pillar said to have been given by the Virgin Mary to Saint James in this place.
Local legend has it that during 40 AD, the apostle Saint James, the Greater was out praying on the banks of the Ebro River on Zaragoza which was then the Roman town of Caesar Augusta when the Virgin Mary appeared to him. The Virgin gave James a small statue of herself and a pillar made of jasper, and instructed him to build up a church called Our Lady of the Pillar. Many other churches were built on the site thereafter, with each more impressive than the last. Today’s Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar was designed by Felipe Sanchez y Herrera in 1681 but was later remodeled in the 18th century by Ventura Rodriguez. The basilica is the second most-visited pilgrimage destination in Spain after Santiago de Compostela.
Inside the basilica itself, you can see magnificent artworks but the main attraction is the statue of Our Lady of the Pillar which can be found in the Holy Chapel. The statue is made out of wood and stands only 15 inches tall, placed near the basilica’s glittering shrine.
Travelers should not also miss checking out the Museo Del Pillar which houses the jewelry used to adorn the Pillar statue as well as art pieces of Goya and other talented artists.
The Basilica Del Pillar at sunset towers over the Stone Bridge with the Ebro River underneath is such an eye-catching view to behold. This enchanting scenery had been the subject of art pieces and post cards alike owing to its captivating depiction of nature’s awesome landscape. With the majestic and exotic basilica/cathedral as the front liner landmark, the view of this stunning sunset will leave you breathless and speechless at the same time, the very minute you lay your naked eyes on its magnanimous beauty.
Other festivals and events travelers can watch out for while in Zaragoza, Spain is the Fiestas del Pillar which is held yearly in honor of the Zaragoza’s patron saint, the Virgin of the Pillar. Festivities start on the Saturday before October 12 and runs for nine consecutive days.