Photographer's Note

For me, the golden hour is more attractive than blue hour. But it happens rarely and it is a great luck when you are in the right moment and right place and you have your camera ready. So, I had this luck in Zaragoza. The spectacle with golden light had just began. The square in front of the Basilica del Pilar (on the left) and the cathedral - Seu the tower under the tree) , is so big, that when I reached the other end it was over. The effect was enhanced by the fine reflections in small puddles and wet pavement.

The Cathedral-Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar venerates Blessed Virgin Mary, under her title Our Lady of the Pillar praised as "Mother of the Hispanic Peoples" by Pope John Paul II. It is reputed to be the first church dedicated to Mary in history.

Local traditions take the history of this basilica to the dawn of Christianity in Spain attributing to an apparition to Saint James the Great, the apostle who is believed by tradition to have brought Christianity to the country.
Tradition holds that on 2 January 40 AD, while he was deep in prayer by the banks of the Ebro, the Mother of God appeared to him and gave a column of jasper and instructed him to build a church in her honor:

This place is to be my house, and this image and column shall be the title and altar of the temple that you shall build.

The present spacious church in Baroque style was begun in 1681 by Charles II, King of Spain and completed in 1686.
There is a piece of the column inside and people kiss it. Pope John Paul II of course kissed it (there is a plaque), but I didn't :).

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