Spain's largest baroque church and an important pilgrimage site, it's most famous for housing a pillar, which according to le... 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: 2
I'd love to visit, again!
By A Yahoo! Contributor, 07/06/2005
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!