Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar, Zaragoza

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Experience the remarkable divinity of one of Spain’s most important churches, Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar. Located in the heart of Zaragoza, the 17th-century church boasts impressive Baroque architecture of 11 cupolas and four high towers. Walk through the nine dome-topped chapels admiring original artwork, including famous works by Francisco Goya, or visit the prized statue of Our Lady of the Pillar, for whom the church is named. For a small fee, you can ride the elevator to the top of the highest tower for wide views of the city. Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , online itinerary creator Edition.
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  • I actually walked in during an evening mass and the lights were dimmed so I wasn't able to fully see everything but even in the dark, this massive cathedral is stunning. It was also interesting to be....  more »
  • One of the largest Basilica’s I have ever seen. There are almost two churches inside with numerous chapels (9). Well worth a visit. There is less traffic later in the afternoon as the tour groups...  more »
  • The outside of this building is fascinating, & when the sun catches all the tiled domed towers, it is truly magical. The inside is just as fabulous in a generally more understated way. Though the...  more »
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  • Beautiful basilica with artwork by Goya. Not too busy, even during the high season. Would be nice to have more information in English on the construction and history especially of NS de Pilar although Google translate did a very good job. Goya painted a fresco inside one of the cupolas but it isn't quite clear where that is; however you can see the artist's preliminary sketches in display, which is something. The roof is worth viewing from the other side, by the stone bridge, where you can appreciate it in its entirety.
  • Magnificent temple, inside is extremely rich in gold and silver, unique paintings and architectural detailing. Really impressive. Can not photograph the interior, an almost impossible task for the security guards, to scold the hundreds of mad tourists at the best angle.
  • Whilst in the Basilica, don't miss the viewing tower located on the far end from the El Pilar. It cost 3 euro each; and there's an elevator to take you to the top. Take the stairs to take you further to the viewing deck. Amazing views of Zaragoza. Wheelchair not recommended as the viewing platform is very narrow.
  • An awe-inspiring and beautiful building. As it's free entry, I would encourage any visitors to Zaragoza to visit it. Some of the exhibits within the building have a small entry fee, and you can climb to the top of a tower for an entry fee as well. I'm not religious personally, but frequent sermons are taken inside and I imagine its an amazing space for a Christian to be in.
  • Wonderful peaceful place with an outstanding chapel where the shrine of Our Lady of the Pillar is displayed. Be sure to venerate and touch the other side of the pillar at the back of the chapel which is within the basilica. And dont forget to look for the 2 bomb holes in the ceiling and the bombs right on the outer part of the chapel! Amazing grace of God that the church itself was not damaged.
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